Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman

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.


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

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.

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.

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

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