Professor Jean Boubli

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Peel Building - Room G25

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Current positions

Chair in Tropical Ecology and 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.

Areas of research

Primates, Amazon, Brazil, Ecology, Biogeography


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


  • ATBC (Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation)
  • IPS (International Primatological Society)
  • Humboldt Foundation