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Anna Bracken

Anna Bracken

Swansea University

Anna is a PhD at Swansea University, in collaboration with University of Cape Town. Her research involves identifying the mechanisms behind the incredible adaptability of chacma baboons (Papio ursinus), by understanding their flexibility in response to human-induced environmental change.

Anna is passionate about African wildlife, and has spent much of her research career so far studying the behavioural ecology of dwarf mongooses (Helogale parvula) in the Limpopo region of South Africa. Her time in South Africa exposed her to the challenges of human-baboon conflict, inspiring her to pursue a more comprehensive understanding of urban baboon ecology through this PhD. Her hope is that her research may add to knowledge which will help in the development of novel methods to mitigate human-baboon conflict. The current research will involve the use of bespoke tracking collars to identify problem behaviours, as well as other behavioural and endocrinological techniques.

Anna holds a MSc by research from the University of Bristol, and a BSc (Hons) from University College Cork, Republic of Ireland.