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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Mr. Ben Walton, BA Hons Zoology, University of Cambridge

Contact Mr. Ben Walton (email at benjamin.j.walton@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

For my Ph.D. I will use state of the art bio-logging techniques to understand the dynamics of crop foraging baboons in South Africa, working in close collaboration with the SHOAL group at Swansea University (https://www.shoalgroup.org/members). High-resolution GPS and accelerometer data will give detailed insights into how baboons behave in and around commercial farmland, which in turn will inform and allow the testing of mitigation strategies. The research will also answer more fundamental questions relating to risk-taking, group dynamics, and nutritional and energetic tradeoffs in primates. This research is funded by the NERC DTP.

Previous to working at Durham I have been involved in a wide range of behavioural and conservation research.

  • Lemur communication in Madagascar with the University of Cambridge
  • Tit communication and ecology with the University of Oxford
  • Chimpanzee cooperation, coordination, and reciprocity in Zambia with the University of St Andrews
  • Research and conservation, Seychelles, including using digested VHF radio transmitters to investigate seed distribution by giant tortoises.

Research Interests

  • I am interested in applying an understanding of animal behavior to conservation questions, especially through the use of emerging technologies.

Selected Publications

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