Previous Research Papers

Here we present a sample of the completed papers by students who have taken part in ALERT's facilitated research program:

Emma Dunston of Charles Sturt University undertook her PhD work with ALERT.  Published works arising from her studies include "An Assessment of African Lion (Panthera leo) Sociality Via Social Network Analysis: Pre-release Monitoring for an Ex Situ Reintroduction Program" published by Current Zoology in 2016, and "Exploring African lion (Panthera leo) behavioural phenotypes: individual differences and correlations between sociality, boldness and behaviour", published by the Journal of Ethology in 2016

Maja Christensen, of Copenhagen Business School in Denmark looked at “Making sense of motivation in a community of practice with an ever-changing population” for her thesis.


Chris Goodman of the UK's Oxford University completed his disseration on "Walking with Lions: reconfiguring 'wild(er)ness', ‘domestication’ and 'captivity' through ALERT’s lion rewilding project"  His paper won the Royal Geographical Society's Social and Cultural Geography Prize for best dissertation in 2012.  

Sibonkhule Ncube of Zimbabwe's National University of Science & Technology undertook a study on the "Influence of social upbringing on the activity pattern of captive lion Panthera leo cubs: Benefits of behavior enrichment"  Her study was subsequently published in the journal Current Zoology in 2010. 


Robert Eklund was part of a group comprising individuals from: the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute; the Centre for Speech Technology, Royal Institute for Technology in Stockholm; the Department of Computer Science, Linköping University in Sweden, and Forschungsinstitut Alexander Koenig in Bonn.  Their study produced two papers; An acoustic analysis of lion roars - I: Data collection, spectrogram and waveform analyses and II: vocal tract characteristic, both of which were published in the Proceedings of Fonetik, 2011.  

Simon Jansen of Wageningen University undertook his study on "Reintroduction of Social Carnivores: Effect of composition on cooperation and hunting success in lion hunting groups"

John Murphy of East Anglia University studied "Exploring the Motivations of Participants in Volunteer Conservation Tourism and their Understandings of Biodiversity Conservation"


Andreas Doppelmayr of Oslo University looked at "Economic impacts of tourism in the Livingstone area, Zambia"

Oyvind Handberg, also of Oslo University studied "Voluntarily ending aid dependence"

Michelle Keel-Stocker of the University of Greenwich paper "Evaluating the effectiveness of natural, low cost behavioural enrichments and their effects on territorial behaviour of conservation breeding male African lions (Panthera leo)." helped earn her a first-class Bachelors Degree in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity.