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Charlotte Christensen

Charlotte Christensen

Swansea University

After completing a BSc at the University of Bristol in Psychology-Zoology 2013, Charlotte headed out to South Africa to get a first taste of working in the African bushveld as a research assistant on the Dwarf Mongoose Research Project. Here, she completed her MSc on the territorial scent-marking behaviour of the cooperatively breeding dwarf mongoose Helogale parvula and moved on to project manage soon after. From 2016, she worked as a field technician for the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology at Mpala Research Centre in Kenya, deploying GPS-tags and studying the movement and behaviour of the vulturine guineafowl Acryllium vulturinum. In 2018, she started her PhD at Swansea University and the University of Cape Town, and will be looking into the interaction between hormones and behaviour in chacma baboons Papio ursinus. Using endocrinological measures and tracking collars (GPS, accelerometer data), her aim is to elucidate questions surrounding environmental (including anthropogenic) and social stressors and testing, in high temporal detail, long-standing assumptions regarding the bidirectional relationship between hormonal state and the exchange of socio-positive behaviours. Her love for the African outdoors, and the diverse wildlife it holds, continues to fuel her drive to research, preserve and better understand the animals with which we share our space.