Professor Jean Boubli

Chair in Animal Ecology

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I graduated in Biological Sciences in Brazil at the University of Brasilia, following this I obtained my MA and PhD degrees in Biological Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.  I was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany from 2000 to 2001and a post doc of the Zoological Society of San Diego (San Diego Zoo) from 2001 to 2005.  In 2005, I became a lecturer (and shortly afterwards a senior lecturer) in Biological Anthropology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and in 2009, I left Auckland to take on the position of Brazil Program Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) where I stayed until 2012.  I am currently a Reader in Animal Ecology in the Environment and Life Sciences Program at the University of Salford.


My teaching relates to my research in the areas of Tropical Ecology and Conservation; Primate Behaviour and Conservation; Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour and Biogeography.

Research Interests

My research scope includes biogeography, ecology and conservation with a focus on Amazonian primates. My goal is to better understand the processes that led to the origins and evolution of Amazonian's rich biota. I also endeavour to understand current ecological processes that help maintain such diversity and that are currently under threat by human activities.

Qualifications and Memberships

Member of ATBC (Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation), IPS (International Primatological Society), Humboldt Foundation 


Refereed Journal Articles (122 citations in Web of science)

Boubli, J. P., Rylands, A. B., Farias, I., Alfaro, M. E. and Alfaro, J. L. 2012.    Cebus Phylogenetic Relationships: A Preliminary Reassessment of the Diversity of the Untufted Capuchin Monkeys.  American Journal of Primatology. 74: 381-393 (

Boubli, J. P., Couto-Santos, F. and Strier, K. B. 2012. Structure and Floristic Composition of One of the Last Forest Fragments Containing the Critically Endangered Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus, Primates).  Ecotropica. 17: 53-69

Alfaro, J. L., Boubli, J.P., Olson, L.E., Di Fiore, A., Wilson, B., Gutiérrez-Espeleta, G., Schulte, M., Neitzel, S., Ross, V., Schwochow, D.,  Farias, I., Janson. C., and Alfaro, M. E. 2012. Explosive Pleistocene range expansion leads to widespread Amazonian sympatry between robust and gracile capuchin monkeys. Journal of Biogeography 39(2): 272-288 (

Chaves, P.B., Alvarenga, C.S., Possamai, C.B., Dias, L.G., Boubli, J.P., Strier, K.B., Mendes, S.L., Fagundes, V.  2011. Genetic diversity and population history of a critically endangered primate, the northern muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus).  PlosOne. 6 (6): 1-12.

Boubli, J.P., Silva, M. N. F., Amado, M. V., Herbk, T., Pontual, F. B. And Farias, I. 2008. A  Taxonomic reassessment of black uakari monkey, Cacajao melanocephalus, Humboldt (1811), with the description of two new species. International Journal of Primatology 29: 723-741

Brito, D, Grelle, C E V, Boubli, J P. 2008. Is the Atlantic Forest protected area network efficient in maintaining viable populations of Brachyteles hypoxanthus? Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 3255-3268.