Swamp Forests, Great Apes, and Conservation Realities: Primate Research in Indonesia and the Republic of Congo with Katherine Meier
Imagine walking every day through a rainforest with water up to your waist, pythons and crocodiles lurking beneath tree roots, and surviving off a seasonal diet of caterpillars and forest honey. For the last year, this was my day-to-day: I am a doctoral student at Yale University, conducting conservation-focused research on lowland gorillas living in a seasonally-flooded swamp forest in the Republic of Congo. In this talk I’ll discuss my trajectory from CT native, to undergraduate anthropologist, to orangutan research assistant and, finally, to PhD candidate specializing in gorilla conservation. You’ll hear (and see) about tropical swamp forests in Indonesia (Borneo) and the Congo Basin: their biodiversities, cultures, and conservation realities. You’ll get a glimpse into the life of a field primatologist as well as the lives of the great apes (orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees) and local people who call these forests home.