Professor Serge Wich

Serge Wich
Job Title Professor in Primate Biology
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Serge Wich started his biology study at the University of Amsterdam but moved to Utrecht University for his MSc on Sumatran orangutan feeding ecology in 1995. After a brief study of bonobos in DRC, he returned to Sumatra to do a PhD on Thomas langur male long-distance calls, which he completed in 2002. A subsequent post-doc position at Utrecht University brought him to the island of Borneo where he continued to study orangutans. In 2005 he joined Great Ape Trust of Iowa where he worked as a scientist until 2009 when he joined the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and the University of Zurich. In 2012 he joined LJMU.


Prof. Serge Wich’s research interests are focused on primate behavioral ecology, tropical rain forest ecology and conservation of primates and their habitats. Research is strongly focused on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, but also on the island of Borneo. In the future I hope to extend the geographic spread of projects to mainland Asia and other continents. At present the key species I study with my collaborators are the Sumatran and Bornean orangutan. Another field of study that I focus on is primate communication and especially what the meaning and function of calls is, whether they are learned and what the geographic variation of calls is. This has the ultimate aim of informing theories on how human speech evolved. In addition, I am collaborating (with Prof. Lian Pin Koh) to develop and use unmanned aerial vehicles (Conservation Drones) for conservation and ecological research. This project has drones flying at several locations around the world (Africa, Asia, and Europe).


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