Hannah Mumby

Born in: United Kingdom
Primary research category: Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Science
Research location / employer: School of Biological Sciences and Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hong Kong, China and Applied Behavioural Ecology & Ecosystem Research Unit, University of South Africa
Fellowship dates: 2015-2020

Academic Career

  • Honorary Researcher, Centre for African Ecology, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, 2018-present
  • College for Life Sciences Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Germany, 2018
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, USA, 2017
  • Research Fellow, Applied Behavioural Ecology & Ecosystem Research Unit, University of South Africa, 2016-2017
  • Independent Research Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK, from 2015-2020
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK, 2014-15
  • PhD in Zoology, University of Sheffield, UK, 2014
  • Visiting student, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, 2012
  • Visiting student, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, 2012
  • MPhil in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, UK, 2009
  • Undergraduate studies in Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK, 2007

Fellowship Research

Dr. Hannah Mumby’s research will characterize patterns of social relationships between male elephants. She will identify the characteristics of males that are most connected within social networks, including their size, reproductive success and history of crop raiding. Determining whether behaviors such as crop raiding may be a component of what makes a male “reproductively successful” has implications for focusing conservation strategies. The project also aims to create a profile of males most likely to range in human-occupied areas and identify young males most likely to interact with these individuals in the future. This individual-based approach will allow researchers and rangers to focus on certain individuals, for example by tracking their movements using satellite collars. Dr. Mumby will work closely with NGOs, local communities and governmental agencies to ensure the project has maximal conservation impact.

Major Awards

  • Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund, 2016
  • DST-NRF Early Career Research Fellowship, 2016
  • Drapers’ Company Research Fellowship, Pembroke College, 2015-2018
  • NERC PhD studentship, 2010
  • Nick Day Prize for best MPhil student, 2009
  • MRC Masters studentship, 2008