|Senior Research Associate||
N dot Gross-Camp at uea dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 1442
I am a tropical ecologist and conservation scientist specialising in the African tropics. I joined the International Development Group UEA in March 2009 as part of a team to evaluate a Payments for Environmental Services (PES) project in Rwanda (www.redirectrwanda.com).
I began my involvement in African conservation issues in 1996 working as a botanical research assistant in the Ituri Forest of the DRC. Additional professional highlights include management of a primate sanctuary in Nigeria, and most recently helping to design and implement a chimpanzee population census in Rwanda.
My work to support tropical conservation and ecology extends to the US where I served as the Assistant Director for the Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation for two years (www.centerfortropicalecology.org).
I join the PES Rwanda team eager to apply my interdisciplinary training in a way that I hope will meaningfully contribute to bridging the gap between conservation and poverty alleviation initiatives.
Professional interests: African tropics, capacity building, conservation, education outreach, Payments for Environmental Services (PES), plant-animal interactions, primate ecology, Protected Areas, Rwanda, seed dispersal, women in science.
Teaching Assistant, Conservation Biology, Fall 2007
This is a graduate level and foundation course for the master’s in conservation biology at the Antioch University New England, Keene, NH. I was responsible for the lab component of this course. Labs were designed to give students an idea of how the theories and concepts discussed in class are applied in the real world. For example, I had students run a series of population viability analysis (PVA) on bandicoot data followed by a discussion on the utility and limitations of the results.
Seed Dispersal Workshop, 5 & 6 December 2006
I organized and co-led a 1 ½ day workshop on the ecological role of vertebrate seed dispersers on forest processes for primary and secondary school educators from communities surrounding the Nyungwe National Park (NNP). The objectives of the workshop were three-fold: (1) to develop ideas for educational materials to accompany a seed dispersal display of forest species; (2) to develop a foundation of participants’ understanding of ecological concepts including research in the NNP; and (3) to evaluate the role of educational programs as a compliment to ecological research. Results from the workshop were presented at the Society for Conservation Biology Meeting in July 2007.
Curriculum development, Conservation Biology, National University of Rwanda, Summer 2006
I developed a series of courses for a new bachelor’s and master’s level programs in Conservation Biology at the National University of Rwanda (NUR) including: Introduction to Conservation Biology, Professional Seminar, Applied Ecology, Biotechnology & Conservation, Birds of the Albertine Rift, Conservation Policy & Law, Primate Ecology, and Principles of Conservation Biology. The NUR is the largest institution of higher education in Rwanda.
Logistical Support, National University of Rwanda, July 2006
I assisted in the implementation of a one week workshop for conservation and natural resource management professionals hosted by National University of Rwanda and the Network of Conservation Practitioners (NCEP) of the Center for Biodiversity Conservation in the American Museum of Natural History. Funds to support this work were received from the MacArthur Foundation.
Session Moderator, The CTEC 2004 Symposium
"Conservation without Borders: the impact of conservation on human communities," October 9, 2004. Session title, “New Voices from the Field.”
Managing Director, Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation (CTEC), June 2003 – May 2004 and January 2001 – January 2002
Antioch University New England, Keene, NH, The CTEC supports and promotes education and research in tropical biology, conservation and the sustainable use of tropical ecosystems. My responsibilities included supervision of the Information and Education Coordinators' activities, creation of a biannual newsletter, maintenance of promotional materials and web site (http://www.CenterforTropicalEcology.org), and assistance in the organization of our symposiums (2001, 2003, and 2004).
Reviewer, Conservation Biology Teaching Modules, Spring 2004 and Fall 2004
I served as a reviewer of Conservation Biology teaching modules developed by staff of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History and faculty from several other institutions. This project is funded by NSF, the Network for Educators and Practioners (NCEP), and coordinated by the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
Teaching Assistant, Geographic Information Systems Course, Autumn 2003 (and 2001)
Antioch University New England, Keene, NH.
Reviewer, Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) International Scholar Awards
2002 and 2003 award years, Reviewed applications for 13 International Scholar Awards to enable scholars from developing countries to attend and participate in the 2002 and 2003 Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) and SCGIS Annual Conferences and training events.
Domestic Scholar and Intern, Society for Conservation GIS
June 20 – July 13, 2002, SCGIS and ESRI Annual Conference in Redlands, CA
Supervisor of Drill Rehabilitation & Breeding Center (DRBC), September 1998-99, Cross River State, Nigeria
I worked as a volunteer supervisor for the non-profit organization DRBC, which is dedicated to the conservation of the highly endangered drill monkey, Mandrillus leucophaeus. My responsibilities included management of 13 local employees, 72 drills and 16 chimpanzees.
Master of Science (Conservation Biology), Antioch University New England, Department of Environmental Studies, 2003
B.A. (Biology), Earlham College, Richmond, IN, 1996
Language, French (intermediate advanced)
· Switzer Professional Development Funds ($650)
· Switzer Environmental Leader Fellowship 2007 ( $15,000)
· EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship 2003-2006 ($41,000)
· Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund 2005 ($2000)
· Cleveland Metroparks Zoo 2005 ($1500)
· Idea Wild 2005 (equipment grant equivalent to approximately $800)
· Margo Marsh Biodiversity Fund (CI) 2005 ($5000)
· Primate Conservation, Inc. 2005 & 2006 ($2500)
· Antioch New England Scholarship 2002 ($600)
· Lincoln Park Zoo Conservation Fund 2002 ($1500)
· Primate Conservation, Inc. 2002 ($3000)
· The Explorer’s Club Exploration Fund 2002 ($1000)
· American Society of Primatology 2002 ($3000)
· Honorable Mention Recipient, National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship 1999-2000 and 2001-2002
During this time I was based in at the remote field site (Uwinka) collecting data for my doctoral dissertation on primate seed dispersal ecology entitled, On the ground: the ecological role of semi-terrestrial primate seed dispersal in an afromontane forest.
Research Assistant, Wildlife Conservation Society and the Antioch New England Graduate School
February 2003. I assisted in the design and implementation of a forest-wide chimpanzee census in the Nyungwe National Park (1013 km2). This work was supported by a grant from the USFWS Great Ape Fund.
Master’s Research, August 2002 – February 2003, Nyungwe Forest Reserve, Rwanda
During this time I was based at the remote Uwinka field site collecting data for my master’s thesis on chimpanzee seed dispersal ecology that resulted in a publication (Biotropica, Gross-Camp & Kaplin 2005).
Botanical Research, August – November 1996, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
I assisted Dr. Sylvia Torti in her botanical research in the Ituri Forest of northeastern DRC. Dr. Torti’s research addressed the question of the causes and consequences for the monodominance of the tree species, Gilbertiodendron deweverii. I also conducted a separate research project testing the hypothesis that escape from herbivory and pathogen damage provides dominant species with a competitive edge over species that do not attain dominance by comparing herbivory rates on emerging leaflets in two forest types (Biotropica, Gross et al. 2000).
Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Biology in Tanzania, Fall 1995
As a student of the School for International Training (SIT) College Semester Abroad Program, I designed and conducted an independent research project on the wildlife utilization of the invasive tree species Senna spectabilis in Mahale Mountains National Park.
(2010) Li, L., A. Kapoor, B. Slikas, O. Bamidele Soji, C. Wang, S. Shaukat, M. Masroor Alam, M. L. Wilson, J.-B. N. Ndjango, M. Peeters, N. D. Gross-Camp, Martin N. Muller, B. H., Hahn, N. D. Wolfe, H. Triki, J. Bartkus, S. Zahoor Zaidi, and E. Delwart. Multiple diverse circoviruses infect farm animals and are commonly found in human and chimpanzee feces. Journal of Virology 84: 1674-1682.
(2009) Gross-Camp, N. D., M. Masozera, and B. A. Kaplin. Chimpanzee seed dispersal quantity in a tropical montane forest of Rwanda. American Journal of Primatology 71:901-911.
(2009) Gross-Camp, N., F. Mulindahabi, and B. A. Kaplin. Comparing the dispersal of large-seeded tree species by frugivore assemblages in tropical montane forest. Biotropica 41: 442-451.
(2008) Liu, W., M. Worobey, Y. Li, B. F. Keele, F. Bibollet-Ruche, Y. Guo, P. A. Goepfert, M. L. Santiago, J.-B. N. Ndjango, C. Neel, S. L. Clifford, C. Sanz, S. Kamenya, M. L. Wilson, A. E. Pusey, N. Gross-Camp, C. Boesch, V. Smith, K. Zamma, M. A. Huffman, J. C. Mitani, D. P. Watts, M. Peeters, G. M. Shaw, W. M. Switzer, P. M. Sharp and B. H. Hahn. Molecular Ecology and Natural History of Simian Foamy Virus Infection in Wild-Living Chimpanzees. PLoS Pathogens 4: e1000097.
(2007) Gross-Camp, N., N. Barakabuye, F. Bizimungu, M. Masozera, and B. A. Kaplin. Linking research with education outreach programs to improve conservation efforts in protected areas. Informal Learning Review 85: 11-13.
(2005) Gross-Camp, N. and B.A. Kaplin. Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Seed Dispersal in an Afromontane Forest: An Examination of Microhabitat Influences on the Post-dispersal Fate of Large Seeds. Biotropica 37: 641-649.
(2003) Santiago, M.L., Bibollet-Ruche, F., Gross-Camp, N., Majewski, A.C., Masozera, M., Munanura, I., Kaplin, B.A., Sharp, P.M., Shaw, G.M., and B.A. Hahn. Noninvasive detection of simian immunodeficiency virus infection in a wild-living l'hoest's monkey (Cercopithecus lhoesti). Aids Research and Human Retroviruses 19(12): 1163-1166.
(2000) Gross, N. D., Torti, S.D., Feener, D.H. & P.D. Coley. Monodominance in an African rain forest: Is reduced herbivory important? Biotropica 32(3): 430-439.
(2010) Gross-Camp, N. D. South American primates: getting the big picture. [Review of the book South American Primates: Comparative Perspectives in the Study of Behaviour, Ecology, and Conservation by P. A. Garber, A. Estrada, J. C. Bicca-Marques, E. W. Heymann, and K. B. Strier (Eds.)]. Ecology91: 307.
(2009) Gross-Camp, N. D. [Review of the book Conserving and valuing ecosystem services and biodiversity: Economic, institutional and social challenges by K. N. Ninan (Ed.)]. Oryx 43: 655.
Posters, Oral Presentations and Invited Presentations
(2010) Invited speaker: What have we here? A preliminary review of the Reconciling Biodiversity and Development through Direct Payments for Conservation (ReDirect) project. Society for Conservation Biology, Edmonton, Canada.
(2010) Plenary speaker: Differential seed handling by two African primates affects seed fate and establishment of large-seeded trees. 5th International Symposium on Frugivory & Seed Disperal, Montpellier, France.
(2010) Poster: A new approach in Rwanda: Engaging local institutions in conservation and development through payments for ecosystem services. Linking biodiversity conservation and poverty reduction: what, why, and how? Zoological Society of London.
(2010) Invited speaker: ReDirect: Can conservation and development goals be achieved? British Ornithological Society, Norwich, UK.
(2009) Invited speaker: ReDirect Rwanda: a payments for environmental services project in progress. Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Seminar series, School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
(2007) Invited Speaker: Thinking logistically, The process of getting and keeping your research going: Experiences from Rwanda. Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation, Antioch University New England.
(2007) Oral presentation: Frugivore visitation and seed handling quality of five, large-seeded tree species. Ecological Society of America Meeting, San Jose, California.
(2007) Poster: Seeing the forest and the trees: Linking research with education programs to improve conservation efforts in protected areas. Society for Conservation Biology Meeting, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
(2006) Invited Speaker: Chimpanzee seed dispersal ecology: past, present and future research directions, Scientific Research in the Protected Areas of Rwanda, Rwandan Office of Tourism & National Parks, Kigali, Rwanda.
(2006) Invited Speaker: The Nyungwe Primate Ecology Project, Research in the Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda, Rwandan Office of Tourism & National Parks, Gikongoro, Rwanda.
(2005) Invited Speaker: Monitoring chimpanzee populations: design, justification, and lessons learned, Linking Protected Areas with Landscape Management in Central African, University of Gottingen, Germany.
(2005) Invited Speaker: Community and Ecosystem Ecology. Antioch University New England, Conservation Biology - graduate level course.
(2005) Oral presentation: Monitoring chimpanzee seed dispersal: temporal aspects of seed persistence and germination, Frugivory & Seed Dispersal Conference, Australia.
(2005) Invited Speaker: What’s in a wadge? Implications of chimpanzee dispersal method on seed persistence and germination, Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation Annual Meeting, Uberlandia, Brazil.
(2004) Invited Poster: Understanding chimpanzee seed dispersal: do microhabitat influences and post-dispersal seed fate matter? EPA STAR Conference, Washington, D.C.
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