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Colin Chapman

Committee member

Colin Chapman

  1. Vancouver Island University, Biology Department, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9R 5S5, Canada

  2. Shaanxi Key Laboratory for Animal Conservation, Northwest University, Xi’an, China

  3. School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Current affiliations

Colin Chapman received his joint Ph.D. in the Departments of Anthropology and Zoology at the University of Alberta, then did post-docs at McGill and Harvard Universities. Since 1990 he has served as an Honourary lecturer in the Department of Zoology at Makerere University, Uganda and since 1995 he has been a Conservation Fellow with the Wildlife Conservation Society. Colin also served as a faculty member in Zoology at the University of Florida for 11 years and returned to McGill in 2004 where he held a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 position in Primate Ecology and Conservation. He is a Killam Research Fellow and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2018 he was awarded the Konrad Adenauer Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and an Office of an Academician, Northwest University, Xi’an, China. In 2019 he took up a position at George Washington University to allow more time for conservation efforts and in 2022 he shifted to Vancouver Island University to be closer to nature and to allow him to devote more time to being a board member of African Wildlife Foundation and a scientific advisor to the Uganda Conservation Foundation. He has published 590+ articles, been cited 57000+ times, has a H factor of 116 and has received ~ $19.5 million in funding. For the last 34+ years, Dr. Chapman has conducted research in Kibale National Park, Uganda concentrating on understanding the roles of disease, nutrition, and stress in determining primate abundance and how best to conserve the world's biodiversity. 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 focused on chimpanzees and crater lakes. His efforts with respect to the union of the provision of health care and conservation resulted in him being awarded the Velan Foundation Awardee for Humanitarian Service in 2017.

Recent publications
  • Chapman CA, Gogarten JF, Golooba M, et al. (2023) Fifty+ years of primate research illustrates complex drivers of abundance and increasing primate numbers. American Journal of Primatology e23577. doi: 10.1002/ajp.23577

  • Chapman CA, Steiniche T, Benavidez KM, et al. (2022) The chemical landscape of tropical mammals in the Anthropocene. Biological Conservation 269: 109522. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109522

  • Chapman CA, Abernathy K, Chapman LJ, et al. (2022) The future of Sub-Saharan Africa’s biodiversity in the face of climate and societal change. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10:790552. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2022.790552

  • Chapman CA, Loiselle BA, Sukumar R, and Razafindratsima O (2022) How can scientists contribute to biodiversity science? Biotropica 54: 530-535. doi: 10.1111/btp.13084

  • Chapman CA, Galán-Acedo C, Gogarten JF, et al. (2021) A 40-year evaluation of drivers of African rainforest change. Forest Ecosystems 8: 66. doi: 10.1186/s40663-021-00343-7

  • Chapman CA and Peres CA (2021) Primate conservation: lessons learned in the last 20 years can guide future efforts. Evolutionary Anthropology 30(5): 345-361. doi: 10.1002/evan.21920


  • Chapman CA, Bicca-Marques JC, Calvignac-Spencer S, et al. (2019) Games academics play and their consequences: How authorship, h-index, and journal impact factors are shaping the future of academia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286(1916): 20192047. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2047



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