Mattia BessoneDoctoral Student
Research Group Fruth
Bonobos (Pan paniscus) are endangered apes, with data on population status lacking from 70% of the species’ geographical range. In my research, I make use of a database including data collected by several partners in Salonga National Park to model bonobo abundance and distribution over two periods of time, evaluating population trend and the drivers affecting it. I use novel field and analytical methods, such as Camera Trap Distance Sampling and Integrated Population Models.
Although bonobos are my focus, I am equally interested in the ecology and viability of other sympatric species, such as non-human primates, ungulates, and carnivores. In the future, I aim to exploit the expertise obtained during my postgraduate studies to investigate how traditional and commercial hunting affect the ecology and behaviour of the diverse duiker (Cephalophus spp.) community in the Congo basin.