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Our research has contributed to a better understanding of the lives and behaviour of animals that live in families and groups.
I am responsible for the day to day management and organisation of the field work.
I am the Banded Mongoose Research Project Field Manager and have been working with the mongooses together with Mike since 1996. I am responsible for the day to day management and organisation of the field work. I have enjoyed seeing the project grow and develop over the years, and still enjoy seeing the mongooses every day. I particularly enjoy seeing new packs form in our population as I like the challenge of habituating wild individuals and comparing the behaviour of new packs with established ones. For this reason, I have a soft spot for Pack 19, a new pack on the peninsula, and am keen to get to know them as they become more habituated. I like reading novels and my favourite book is Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I am also a keen sportsman and Manchester United fan. I have a wife, Edna, and four children: Sylvia, Evelyn, Shivan and Kelvin.
I started working on the Banded Mongoose Research Project back in 2001 and so have a great deal of knowledge and experience with the mongooses. My favourite pack is Pack 1H because, even though they don’t encounter humans very much, they are still really habituated and fun to work with. I particularly like doing pup and oestrus focals because it’s exciting to see pups competing for their escorts and to see males fighting to mate with females! I love seeing other wildlife in QENP while I work, and I have many stories of encounters with elephants. I like to travel to new places and see different parts of Uganda. I’m an avid supporter of Manchester United and like to watch them on TV when I can. My wife, Agnes, and I have three children: Wellness, Happiness and Greatness. My greatest wish is for them to get a good education.
I love seeing other wildlife in QENP while I work and have many stories of encounters with elephants.
I'm a talented footballer myself and regularly play in defence for the Mweya Hippos.
I joined the project in 2010 and have quickly become a knowledgeable and valued member of the team. I’m another Pack 1H fan and enjoy working with them because they are playful, fun and cheeky. A favourite part of my work is oestrus focals because I find it interesting to see males fiercely mate guarding females, and pestering males trying desperately to sneak a mating behind their back! In my spare time, I love all things football. My team is Arsenal and Theo Walcott is my favourite player. I’m a talented footballer myself and regularly play in defence for the Mweya Hippos. I have a wife, Christine, and a son, M. Edison.
I’m a relatively new addition to the team, starting on the project in 2011. I’ve enjoyed my work since day one, and combine fieldwork with a special interest in veterinary and laboratory technical work. I take all blood samples and really enjoy trapping the mongooses ensuring they are handled with upmost care and attention. My favourite pack is Pack 2 because I spent a lot of time habituating them and know them really well. My hard work has paid off as this previously nervous and skittish pack is now very calm and comfortable in our presence. I’m also a trained mechanic and try wherever possible to fix our vehicles when they break down. I have aspirations to one day set up my own business working with cars. I’m a football fanatic and am a passionate Manchester United, and Wayne Rooney, supporter. I also like playing football for the Mweya Hippos and watching Jean Claude Van Damme action movies!
I'm also a trained mechanic and try wherever possible to fix our vehicles when they break down.
My favourite group is pack 19, as this was my first group and I have spent a lot of time with them.
I have been working for the mongoose project since 2012. My favourite group is pack 19, as this was my first group and I have spent a lot of time with them. I enjoy taking care of pack 1B and pack 2’s territory and habituating groups. In my spare time I enjoy watching football, supporting Manchester United.
I want to understand how social behaviour affects the fitness and health of individuals.
My research focuses on the ecological and early-life conditions that drive individual differences.
I am a behavioural ecologist interested in animal social behaviour and conservation. My research on the banded mongooses focuses on the ecological and early-life conditions that drive individual differences in behaviour, foraging niche and cognitive ability. I am interested in how these differences influence individuals’ survival and reproduction and the implications this has for our understanding of the evolution of sociality and how social animals will be influenced by environmental change. In particular, I have been investigating the role that ecological variability plays in these processes, and recently found that more variable environments reduce the proportion of banded mongoose females in a group and promote male helping behaviour. At Mweya my favourite pack is 1H as they live in one of the wilder areas of the peninsula including some cliffs with some great views out over Lake Edward.
My research investigates within and between group conflict and population dynamics in the banded mongoose.
I love it when I get a chance to visit the mongooses in their beautiful natural surroundings.
I am interested in the molecular mechanisms of ageing.
I am interested in conflict and cooperation in social species, and how behavioural difference between individuals or groups might affect group success and influence the wider environment.
I have broad research interests in conservation, animal behaviour and ecology. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Exeter, working as part of the Banded Mongoose Research Project under the supervision of Prof Michael Cant and Dr Shakti Lamba. I am interested in conflict and cooperation in social species, and how behavioural differences between individuals or groups might affect group success and influence the wider environment. My research investigates between group conflict, particularly in relation to aggressive inter-group encounters. Specifically I aim to investigate if inter-group conflict affects cooperation within the group, or causes within group tension and conflict. Inter group conflict is a suggested mechanism for generating cooperation within a group. A high level of between group conflict, or warfare, may be one of the reasons that humans are highly cooperative, even between unrelated individuals, and have large and complex societies. I want to investigate whether this might also be seen in social animals. The banded mongoose is a perfect study species as they engage in regular, violent, inter-group conflicts, and live in highly social, cooperative groups.
I am interested in the genetics underlying fitness. Does the whole genome contribute to fitness or is it a small number of very important loci? In most species inbreeding leads to a reduction in fitness, seemingly due to many small effects across the genome. This fitness reduction, termed inbreeding depression, often leads to inbreeding avoidance. However this is not always the case and there are cases where inbreeding preference is predicted.Banded mongooses often inbreed because of their social structure, this makes them perfect for studying the evolution of inbreeding. Inbreeding preference has rarely been studied in vertebrates but is a growing topic with implications on dispersal, mating and social systems. The results also carry over to conservation where inbreeding depression is a common concern.My aims are to understand why individual mongooses inbreed and what effects that has on fitness and social interactions. In my work I use genetic markers, pedigrees, animal models and Bayesian methods
I am interested in the genetics underlying fitness. Does the whole genome contribute to fitness or is it a small number of very important loci?
I am investigating the evolution of individual niche specialisation.
I am currently a masters by research student within the Banded Mongoose Research Team investigating the evolution of individual niche specialisation. Within populations, individuals often differ in their responses to environmental or social challenges, including their foraging behaviour. Banded mongoose show a wide dietary niche, however an important question lies in whether this generalist population is comprised of individual generalists, or individuals each exhibiting different but narrow foraging niches. I also aim to assess some of the causes and mechanisms behind this specialisation, such as age, sex, group size and early life experience.
My research interests lie in animal behavioural ecology and conservation
I am currently investigating the hormonal effects of alloparental care in banded mongoose pups