Areas of Expertise
Primate behavioral ecology, Conservation Biology, Forest Regeneration, Plant Phenology and Distributions, Plant Animal Interactions, Evolution of Social Systems and Group Size, Demography and Life History, Climate Change, People and Park Interactions, Nutritional Ecology, Parasitology, Elephant Ecology.
For the last 30+ years, Dr. Chapman has conducted research in Kibale National Park, Uganda. During this time, he has not just been an academic, but has devoted great effort to help the rural communities, establishing schools, clinics, a mobile clinic, and ecotourism projects. He has published 480+ articles, been cited 32000+ times, has a H factor of 98 and has received ~ $11 million in research funding.
Dr. Chapman is focusing on the long-term behavioural and demographic data he has collected on the red colobus monkeys and other mammals of Kibale National Park Uganda over the last 30+ year. He is relating these findings to variation in phenology and changes in the tree community in response to climate change and other factors (e.g., forest regeneration). He also has projects dealing with elephant ecology and improving park-people interactions. He has also just started research on gibbons and snub-nosed monkey behaviour and ecology in China.
Post Doctoral Fellow, 1993, Harvard University-Peabody Museum
Post Doctoral position, 1989, McGill University-Department of Biology
Ph.D. 1987, University of Alberta, Canada
M.A., 1983, University of Alberta, Canada
B.Sc., 1981, University of Alberta Canada
2018 Chapman, C.A. "A road for a promising future for China’s primates: The potential for restoration." Zoological Research. 29:1-4. DOI: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2018.032.
2018 Chapman, C. A., Bortolamiol, S., Matsuda, I., Omeja, P. A., Paim, F. P., Reyna-Hurtado, R., Sengupta, R. & Valenta, K. "Primate population dynamics: variation in abundance over space and time." Biodiversity and Conservation, 27:1221-1238.
2018 Chapman, C.A., K. Valenta, T.R. Bonnell, K.A. Brown, and L.J. Chapman. "Solar radiation and ENSO predict fruiting phenology patterns in a 16-year record from Kibale National Park, Uganda." Biotropica. 50:384-395.
2017 Goldberg, T.L., A.J. Bennetta, R. Kityo. J.H. Kuhn, and C.A. Chapman. "Kanyawara virus: A novel rhabdovirus infecting newly discovered Nycteribiid bat flies infesting previously unknown Pteropodid bats in Uganda." Scientific Reports. 2017;7:5287. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05236-w.
2016 Chapman, C.A., S. Friant, K. Godfrey, C. Liu, V.A.M. Schoof, D. Twinomugisha, J.M. Rothman, D. Sarkar, R. Sengupta, K. Valenta, and T.L. Goldberg. "Social behaviour and network of vervet monkeys are influenced by gastrointestinal parasites." PloS One11: e0161113.
2015 Chapman, C.A., T.R. Bonnell, V.A.M. Schoof, and S. Calmé. 2015. "Competing pressures on populations: how disease may interact with food availability and stress to influence animal abundance." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 370: 20140112.
2015 Chapman, C.A., B. van Bavel, C. Boodman, R.R. Ghai, J.F. Gogarten, J. Hartter, L.E. Mechak, P.A. Omeja, S. Poonawala, D. Tuli, and T.L. Goldberg. "Providing healthcare to improve community perceptions of protected areas." Oryx 49:636-642. doi:10.1017/S0030605313001592.
2011 Naughton, L., J. Alix-Garcia, and C.A. Chapman. "Lessons about parks and poverty from a decade of forest loss and economic growth around Kibale National Park, Uganda." Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 108:13919–13924.
2001 Chapman, C.A. and C. Peres. "Primate conservation in the new millennium: the role of scientists." Evolutionary Anthropology 10:16-33.
1995 Chapman, C.A., R.W. Wrangham, and L.J. Chapman. "Ecological constraints on group size: an analysis of spider monkey and chimpanzee subgroups." Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 36:59-70.
1995 Chapman, C.A. "Primate seed dispersal: coevolution and conservation implications." Evolutionary Anthropology 4:74-82.
For a complete listing of Dr. Chapman’s publications see ChapmanColin.com
2019-present Office of an Academician, Northwest University, Xi’an, China
2018 Konrad Adenauer Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2017 Velan Foundation Award for distinctive and outstanding humanitarian work
The award has recognized the humanitarian work of such exceptional individuals as Cardinal Léger, Jean Coutu, Frère Romain Légaré, Joanne Lui, and Angèle Gingras
2016 Leader of Conservation with a Social Vision –Sociedad Latinoamericana de Primatologia
2014 Oshima Award – Oshima Foundation, Japan
2012 Most cited anthropologist in Canada – Globe and Mail Newspaper Group
2012-2019 Canadian Research Chair – Primate Ecology and Conservation, McGill University, Montreal
2010-present Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada – McGill University, Montreal
2005-2011 Canadian Research Chair – Primate Ecology and Conservation, McGill University, Montreal
2004 Professorship Award – University of Florida Research Foundation
2003 Term Professorship – University of Florida
2003 Anderson Teacher Scholar – University of Florida
2003 Senior Faculty Research Award – University of Florida, Chapter of Sigma Xi
1996 Junior Faculty Research Award – University of Florida, Chapter of Sigma Xi
1995-present Conservation Fellow – Wildlife Conservation Society, New York