Research Activity – Publications, Posters & Media – June 2015

A Gujjar household during an interview. Photo and research by Abishek Harihar

A Gujjar household during an interview. Photo and research by Abishek Harihar

Research is at the heart of our School. It is the passion of our academic staff and enables them to bring great depth, expertise, insight and enthusiasm to their teaching.  Here we profile the wide range of research activities undertaken by our staff, students and alumni during the last month.

Research funding

Congratulations to Jim Groombridge for securing £34,000 from the Sultanate of Oman for his project on leopard genetics. The award is funding Hadi Al Hikmani, Omani biologist and authority on Arabian leopards, to do his Master’s by Research on landscape genetics of the Arabian leopard using faecal DNA genotyping.

Latest research papers

Matthew M. Skinner, Nicholas B. Stephens, Zewdi J. Tsegai, Alexandra C. Foote, N. Huynh Nguyen, Thomas Gross, Dieter H. Pahr, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Tracy L. Kivell. (2015) Comment on “Human-like hand use in Australopithecus africanus” in Science Vol. 348 no. 6239 p. 1101. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa8931. View comment.

Jackson, H., Jone, C., Agapow, P-M., Tatayah, V. & Groombridge, J.J. (2015), Micro-evolutionary diversification among Indian Ocean parrots; temporal and spatial changes in phylogenetic diversity as a consequence of extinction and invasion, Ibis, DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12275. View paper.

Harihar, A., Verissimo, D., MacMillan, DC. (2015) Beyond compensation: Integrating local communities’ livelihood choices in large carnivore conservation. Global Environmental Change 33, 122-130. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.05.004. View paper.

Peluso, Daniela M. (2015) Traversing and translating high finance: Mapping the frontiers of high finance: Art, anthropology & the material culture of markets. Anthropology Today, 31(3):21. View paper.

Griffiths, R. A., Foster, J., Wilkinson, J. W., Sewell, D. (2015), Science, statistics and surveys: a herpetological perspective. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12463. View paper.You can watch a short video of Richard talking about this research on YouTube.

Challender, DWS., Harrop, SR., MacMillan, DC. (2015). Understanding markets to conserve trade threatened species in CITES.Biological Conservation 187, 249-259. View paper.

Roe, D., Cooney, R., Dublin, H., Challender, D., Biggs, D., Skinner, D., Abensperg-Traun, M., Ahlers, N., Melisch, R., Murphree, M., (2015). Beyond enforcement: engaging communities in tackling wildlife crime. IIED, London, UK.

Mohapatra, R.K., Panda, S., Acharjyo, L.N., Nair, M.V., Challender, DWS. (2015). A note on the illegal trade and use of pangolin body parts in India. TRAFFIC Bulletin 27 (1) 33-40. Download the bulletin.

Calum Blaikie (2015): Wish-fulfilling jewel pills: Tibetan medicines from exclusivity to ubiquity. Anthropology & Medicine. DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2015.1004504. View abstract.

Darryn Nash featured on BBC Springwatch talking about radio tracking adders

Darryn Nash featured on BBC Springwatch talking about radio tracking adders

SAC in the Media

Darry Nash on BBC Springwatch
Darryn, PhD Biodiversity Management student, was interviewed for BBC Springwatch to provide expert comment on radio tracking adders to identify their area of occupancy and pattern of movement. You can still view his appearance on iPlayer from 19.20 minutes.

Sally Applin interview for rethink robotics
Sally Applin (PhD in Anthropology student) was featured in a 2 part interview on Rethink Robotics (a cooperative robot manufacturer) corporate blog as “meet Ph.D. candidate sally applin.” In the two-part interview, Sally mentioned Dr. Michael Fischer, Kent SAC, and the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC).
Part one can be found here:
Part two can be found here:

Tanya Humle speaks to BBC Inside Science
Following the release of her research paper in the journal Royal Society Open Science Tanya has been interviewed for BBC Inside Science. The paper, ‘Tools to tipple: ethanol ingestion by wild chimpanzees using leaf-sponges’ has attracted considerable media attention as it provides the first empirical evidence of spontaneous and habitual alcohol ingestion among apes in nature, demonstrating there is not a strict aversion to food containing ethanol. You can hear Tanya speaking on iPlayer from 20.33 minutes. You can also read some of the other media reports on the study: BBC News; the Guardian; Discovery News; and USA Today.

Daniel Rodriquez cited in Science
Daniel, PhD Anthropology, has recently been cited in a Science Magazine article.  The article investigates the potentially life-threatening impact of visitors to remote tribes. The piece quotes a 2009 report written by Daniel on the likelihood of people from the Matsiguenka forest tribe dying as a result of pathogens brought by a British film crew who Daniel believes ventured beyond the limits of their permits.

Other Research Activity

Sally Applin and Dr. Michael Fischer gave the “Social and Collaboration” session keynote at the Augmented World Expo (AWE 2015) on “Social Augmented Reality: What it is. How to get it. Towards a Multi-user Social AR Experience,” in Santa Clara, CA on 9 June, 2015. Link to talk information is here:

Sally Applin and Dr. Michael Fischer had their paper, “The social car: Simplifying autonomous action with Thing Theory,” featured on the Robohub blog on 10 June, 2015. The paper is an adaptation of an IEEE publication from March 2015. Robohub link can be found here:

Sally Applin has been made an Associate Editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Consumer Electronics Magazine, Technology and Society IMPACTS section.The IEEE CE magazine covers areas that are related to “consumer electronics” and other topics considered of interest to consumer electronics. More information about the magazine can be found here:


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