Jessica Rothman

Professor, Primate Ecology
Hunter College Of The City University Of New York

Honorary Lecturer
Makerere University, Uganda

I established the Primate Ecology and Nutrition Project in 2007. My students and I monitor habituated groups of red-tail monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius), black- and white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza), and baboons (Papio anubis) in Kibale National Park, Uganda along with our team of 6 field assistants. We monitor 3 groups of redtails, 6 groups of black and white colobus, 3 groups of mangabeys and 1 group of baboons. All individuals in these groups are recognizable by us.

I also conduct research on mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei) in Bwindi Impentrable National Park.

At Kibale, our research is based out of the Makerere University Biological Field Station.

I work closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority on all projects.

Field Assistants

Our project employs 7 full time field assistants year-round. Six field assistants work in Kibale, and one field assistant works in Bwindi.

The two senior field assistants are Peter Irumba and Hillary Musinguzi (pictured below).

Peter Irumba
Peter Irumba


Hillary Musinguzi




The field assistant team: Primate Ecology and Nutrition Project



Collaborator Charles Tumwesigye of the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda