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Studying Primates

Studying Primates
How to Design, Conduct and Report Primatological Research

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  • Publication planned for: October 2019
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108421713

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  • Primatology draws on theory and methods from diverse fields, including anatomy, anthropology, biology, ecology, medicine, psychology, veterinary sciences and zoology. The more than 500 species of primate range from tiny mouse lemurs to huge gorillas, and primatologists collect data in a variety of environments including in the field, research facilities, museums, sanctuaries, zoos, and from the literature. The variability in research interests, study animals and research sites means that there are no standard protocols for how to study primates. Nevertheless, asking good questions and designing appropriate studies to answer them are vital to produce high quality science. This accessible guide for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers explains how to develop a research question, formulate testable hypotheses and predictions, design and conduct a project and report the results. The focus is on research integrity and ethics throughout, and the book provides practical advice on overcoming common difficulties researchers face.

    • Helps the reader design and conduct better projects by showing them how to think scientifically and providing them with the skills to develop a research question, formulate testable hypotheses and predictions, design a study, and report the results
    • Highlights common misconceptions in primatology and offers practical advice to avoid mistakes
    • Focuses on research integrity and ethics throughout
    • Covers the challenges researchers can face, including imposter syndrome, fieldwork in difficult environments, and reverse culture shock
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108421713
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Asking questions about primates
    2. Ethics in primatology
    3. Keeping science healthy: research integrity
    4. Inclusive science
    5. Understanding statistical evidence
    6. Communicating ideas in writing
    7. Introduction to the primates
    8. Why study primates?
    9. Identifying a research question
    10. Finding out what we know
    11. Reading journal articles
    12. Formulating hypotheses and predictions and designing a study
    13. Observing and manipulating
    14. Choosing measures
    15. Planning data analysis
    16. Sampling and statistical power
    17. Checking feasibility and finalising your plans
    18. Writing a research proposal
    19. Collecting data
    20. Conducting fieldwork
    21. Analysing and interpreting data
    22. Writing a scientific report
    23. Submitting to a peer-reviewed journal
    24. Presenting your work at a conference
    25. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Joanna M. Setchell, Durham University
    Joanna M. Setchell is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Primatology. She is an international expert in primatology with an extensive publication record. She is currently President of the Primate Society of Great Britain and has served as Vice-President for Research of the International Primatological Society. She is co-editor of Field and Laboratory Methods for Primatology (Cambridge, 2nd edition, 2011).

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