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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Professor Jean Boubli

Chair in Tropical Ecology and Conservation; Programme Leader for MSc Wildlife Conservation


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 the chair in Tropical Ecology and Conservation 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:

Lima, M.G.M., Buckner, J.C, Silva-Junior, J.S., Aleixo, A., Martins, A., Boubli. J.P., Link, A.O., Farias, I., Silav, M.N.F., Rohe, F., Queiroz, H., Chiou, K.L., DiFiori, A., Alfaro, M.E. and Lynch-Alfaro, J.W.  (2017) Capuchin monkey biogeography: understanding Sapajus Pleistocene range expansion and the current sympatry between Cebus and Sapajus. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.12945

Byrne, H., Rylands, A. B., Carneiro, J. C., Alfaro, J. W. L.,  Bertuol, F., da Silva, M. N., Messias, M., Groves, C. P., Mittermeier, R. A., Farias, I., Hrbek T., Schneider, H., Sampaio, I., and Boubli, J. P. (2016). Phylogenetic relationships of the New World titi monkeys ( Callicebus ): first appraisal of taxonomy based on molecular evidence. Frontiers in Zoology.13:10

Carneiro, J. Silva Jr., J, S., Sampaio, I., Pissinatti, A., Hrbek, T., Messias, M. R., Rohe, F., Farias, I., Boubli, J., Schneider, H.  (2016). Phylogeny of the Titi Monkeys of the Callicebus moloch Group (Pitheciidae , Primates), American J. Primatology, 1–10. doi:10.1002/ajp.22559

Rylands, A., Heyman, E., Alfaro, J.L., Buckner, J., Roos, C., Matauschek, Boubli, J.P., Sampaio, R., Mittermeier, R. Taxonomic review of the New World tamarins (Primates: Callitrichidae). Zoological J of the Linn Soc, 177, 1003–1028

Almeida-Rocha, J.M., Pinto, M.P., Boubli, J.P., Grelle, C.E.V. The role of competition in structuring primate communities under different productivity regimes in the Amazon. PLoS ONE 10(12): 1-15

Boyle, S. et al . Geographic comparison of plant genera used in frugivory among the pitheciids Cacajao, Callicebus, Chiropotes, and Pithecia. American Journal of Primatology 1 – 14  DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22422

Jung L, Mourthe I, Grelle CEV, Strier KB, Boubli JP. Effects of Local Habitat Variation on the Behavioral Ecology of Two Sympatric Groups of Brown Howler Monkey (Alouatta clamitans). PLoS ONE 10(7): 1 – 13. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0129789

Boubli, J. P., Ribas, C., Lynch Alfaro, J. W., Alfaro, M. E., da Silva, M. N. F., Pinho, G. M., & Farias, I. P. (2014). Spatial and temporal patterns of diversification on the Amazon: A test of the riverine hypothesis for all diurnal primates of Rio Negro and Rio Branco in Brazil. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 82, 400–412. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.09.005

Lynch Alfaro, J. W., Boubli, J. P., Paim, F. P., Ribas, C. C., Nazareth, M., Messias, M., … Farias, I. (2014). Biogeography of squirrel monkeys (genus Saimiri): South-central Amazon origin and rapid pan-Amazonian diversification of a lowland primate. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 82, 436–454. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.09.004

Lynch Alfaro, J. W., Cortés-Ortiz, L., Di Fiore, A., & Boubli, J. P. (2014). Special issue: Comparative biogeography of Neotropical primates. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 82, 518–529. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2014.09.027

Tisovec, K.C., Cassano, C.R., Boubli, J.P., Pardini, R. (2013)  Relative frequency of mixed-species group of marmosets and tamarins across an agroforestry mosaic: the importance of vegetation structure and predation risk. Biotropica IF: 2.35.

Tokuda, M., Boubli, J.P., Mourthe, I., Izar, P., Possamai, C.B., strier, K.B. (2013)   Permanent Group Fission in a patrilocal primate, the Northern Muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus). American Journal of Primatology. IF: 2.459

Tokuda, M., Izar, P., Boubli, J.P. and Strier, K.B. (2013) Social Cliques in Male Northern Muriquis (Brachyteles hypoxanthus).  Current Zoology. 58(2): 342-352.

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.