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Our Projects

ITFC's projects are grouped into 3 categories. Research and Monitoring projects, Income generating projects and Research supervision and support projects. The tabs below group these projects by category for better coherence when you are reading through.

Collaborative Forest Management and the Conservation of Echuya Central Forest Reserve - SW Uganda

Mr Bugabo Gumisiriza Stephen for his Phd at Mbarara University of Sciences and Technology in the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies. Mr Gumisiriza is carrying out his PhD research fieldwork on: Collaborative Forest Management and the Conservation of Echuya Central Forest Reserve-South Western Uganda. Assoc. Prof. Robert Bitariho is supervising Mr Gumisiriza for both fieldwork and his PhD dissertation write up. On going

Historical Sedimentary DNA assessment and presence of Gorillas and Elephants in Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Dr Rene Dommain (Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA and Germany), Dr Bosco Nkurunungi (MUST) and a group of 6 other researchers are carrying out research on the Historical Sedimentary DNA assessment and presence of Gorillas and Elephants in Bwindi Impenetrable National park.They started their research supported by ITFC  on 2nd August 2017 and are still continuing Completed

Gestural communication in wild mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Dr Catherine Hobaiter from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. Carrying out her research on; Gestural communication in wild mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (She was at ITFC from July to August 2017).

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Capacity building for preservation of naturally accumulated skeletal collections in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Associate Professor Shannon McFarlin from the George Washington University, USA. Carrying out research on a project for Capacity building for preservation of naturally accumulated skeletal collections in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Completed

Mountain gorilla locomotor behavior, kinematics, and musculoskeletal function in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Associate Professor Nathan Thompson from Department of Anatomy, New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine carrying out research on; Mountain gorilla locomotor behavior, kinematics, and musculoskeletal function in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Completed

Power and the human-gorilla relationship in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W Uganda; Different agencies, different relationships.
  • Isabel Vannuchi was supported by ITFC for her MA fieldwork from Leiden African Studies Center of Leiden University, Netherlands. Isabel carried and completed her research on: Power and the human-gorilla relationship in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, S.W Uganda; Different agencies, different relationships. She completed her MA thesis in 2016.
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Assessing the ecological influence of bracken fern Pteridium aquilinum on forest recovery in tropical Africa

Fredrick Ssali is supported by ITFC for his PhD at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)-Norway. On going

A comparative analysis of the associated value of mountain gorillas as perceived by local residents and Eco-tourists at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Alexandra Lebron was supported by ITFC for her MSc at Oxford Brookes University (UK). She carried out her fieldwork on a research titled; a comparative analysis of the associated value of mountain gorillas as perceived by local residents and Eco-tourists at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. She used ITFC facilities such as the library, herbariu Completed

Hand use in African apes during various daily behaviours using live observation and video recordings

Johanna Neufuss was supported by ITFC for her PhD at the University of Kent (UK). She completed her fieldwork on a research titled; hand use in African apes during various daily behaviours using live observation and video recordings. She was at ITFC between February and April 2015.

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Extractive foraging in Bwindi Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Jana Baeumer was supported by ITFC for her PhD study at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI), Leipzig, German. She was carrying out her fieldwork on a research titled; Extractive foraging in Bwindi Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei)” which she completed in 2015. She used ITFC facili Completed