Amanda H Korstjens - LEAP Leader

Associate Professor at Bournemouth University

I am a behavioural ecologist who started out as a biologist at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. My passion is studying animals in their natural environments and ever since my first field project in Indonesia on Thomas Langurs I have just loved working in tropical forests. I spend two field seasons in Indonesia before starting my PhD research in Côte d'Ivoire on the three colobines in Taï National Park. Since then I've studied spider monkeys in Costa Rica, red colobus in Uganda, and now back to primates in Indonesia and chimpanzees in Uganda. The forest feels like home.

Research interests

Behavioural Ecology, Conservation, Primatology

Interests and Hobbies Outside Science:

Wildlife watching, hiking, family 

Publications: see my Scholar Google profile

Organisation -  Bournemouth University

Country - UK

Projects Worked On  -

All projects

Blog entries

December 19, 2018

Three publications on Cercopithecus and Colobus monkeys and how they distribute their time budgets and deal with future climate change. One in UNESCO HEADS book; one in Primate Research and Conservation in the Anthropocene book; and on in Int J Primatology.

September 25, 2018

Humans are social beings, a definitive trait of the primate order which developed far back in our evolutionary lineage. At some point in time, our primate ancestors formed social groups, most likely in order to combat the dangers of predators and co-operate with one another to gain access to food. These social bonds would have been nurtured by physical grooming (exhibited by non-human primates today). Periods of time away from...

September 25, 2018

In June 2018 I joined the LEAP team on a trip to Sumatra as a member of of one of BU's Life and Environmental Sciences SERT projects (Student Ecological Research Team).

Our first destination upon our arrival in Indonesia was Bukit Lawang which is roughly a 4-hour drive from Medan airport. The name translates to “Gate to the hills” which once arriving at Bukit is understandable from the terrain. Our first evening was spent unpac...

September 25, 2018

The last three months have been my first in Sumatra. I have been based at Soraya Research Station, in the Leuser Ecosystem, Aceh Province, walking line transects, hunting for signs of the Sumatran elephants - namely their dung. Unfortunately, no fresh dung has been found, although I have seen several piles of old dung and some footprints. Additionally, we found an old elephant carcass, a camp used by hunters and locations of i...

April 9, 2018

On Tuesday March 13th, 2018 we arrived in Jakarta (Java) to begin the permit process to be able to start our research in Indonesia. After about a week of obtaining the correct letters and documents from Ristek (The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia), the police and home affairs offices we headed over to Sumatra to meet our counterpart collaborator Dr. Abdullah at Syiah Kuala Uni...

February 19, 2018

2018 has started with two publications of LEAP projects:

Most recently, a multi-authored publications from the micro-climate workshop the Phillipa Gillingham and Isobel Bramer organised in October 2018 as part of the micro-climate research project, funded by Leverhulme that Phillipa leads. Isobel Bramer and Philippa with help from the other authors did an amazing job getting the publication ready before the deadline of this s...

January 20, 2018

In December 2017, the PTES started an elephant emergency appeal that will support research on Sumatran elephants and the great work of our collaborators from the Forum Konservasi Leuser (FKL) and HAkA, and Rudi Putra.

Dr Abdullah from Syiah Kuala University is another important collaborator on the ground.

Please visit the PTES website if you would like to make a donation:

December 11, 2017

Last week (November 28 – 29), the Primate Society of Great Britain (PSGB) hosted a conference in order to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Wow, 50 years! What an amazing accomplishment! I have only been part of this society for a couple of years, but it has been an great experience so far. The PSGB organises two meetings each year: a Spring Meeting and a Winter Meeting. During these conferences there are ample opportunities t...

December 9, 2017

We have a unique postdoc position available at Bournemouth University's Life and Environmental Sciences Department. The postdoc will work for 1 year Full-Time or 2 years 0.5FT with staff across our department to develop evidence of the impact of our research. That includes the work we do at LEAP but also various other research in Environmental Studies and Geography so the ideal person has a multi-disciplinary interest and unde...

December 9, 2017

LEAP at Bournemouth University is keen to work with local, national and international organisations, businesses and communities to find bespoke solutions to real challenges. Our matched funded PhD studentships offer an opportunity for your business or organisation to work together with our researchers on challenging research projects that address signi cant innovation needs through critical investigation and resulting in indep...

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