An adult male chimpanzee foraging on human crops in front of onlooking villagers at Bossou in Guinea.

Dr Kimberley Hockings
Lecturer in Biosciences


The main objective of my research is to elucidate the underlying mechanisms that allow human-wildlife coexistence. I have a particular interest in the drivers of resource competition and aggressive interactions between human and nonhuman great apes in shared landscapes. Comprehensively examining bi-directional interactions requires an understanding of the ways in which animals flexibly modify their behaviour in response to the costs and benefits of anthropogenic habitats, and how local people perceive and respond to sympatric wildlife. To do this effectively demands a cross-disciplinary skills base, and my research increasingly combines biological, ecological, and social science approaches. A goal of my research is to work with different stakeholders to generate locally appropriate and culturally sensitive solutions to conservation dilemmas.

I conduct fieldwork in West Africa, including research on wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Bossou in Guinea, and various primate species including chimpanzees and colobus monkeys (Piliocolobus temminckii) at Cantanhez and Dulombi National Parks in Guinea-Bissau. I supervise students working on human-great ape interactions across Africa, and have supervised dissertations on various aspects of wildlife behaviour and conservation across Africa, Asia, and the Neotropics. I am a member of the great ape section of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and the Conservation Working Party of the Primate Society of Great Britain.

Broad research specialisms:

Human-wildlife interactions and conservation conflicts
Great ape behaviour, ecology, and cognition
Primate conservation


2007  Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology, University of Stirling, UK

2002  B.Sc .(Hon.) in Zoology, University of Liverpool, UK


2018-onwards Lecturer in Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK

2015-2018 University Research Fellow (FCT), Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA-FCSH/NOVA), Portugal     

2013-2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oxford Brookes University, UK         

2010 Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kyoto University, Japan

2008-2012 Postdoctoral Research Fellow (FCT), New University of Lisbon, Portugal

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