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#24. How Do You Study Elephants? The Start of My Journey

I chose to study elephants for my dissertation research. But how does one even set something like that up? Where do you begin?

I recently gave a talk to undergraduate students in wildlife studies. I talked about my past research including my dissertation research on forest elephants, but also more recent research on camera traps. At the end of the talk though, I got a lot of questions about how I set up more elephant research. 

Forest elephants in Lope National Park, Gabon.
Forest elephants in Lope National Park, Gabon.

I thought now would be a great time to talk about that. In this episode, I talk about how I got started and why I chose forest elephants. 

Specifically, we’ll go over:

  • Why did I choose to research elephants? And forest elephants specifically?
  • What makes elephants so interesting? Why did I find them fascinating?
  • African savanna elephant social structure and behavior
  • The different existing elephant species
  • How I decided my research topic when I could study almost anything I wanted
  • African forest elephant social structure
  • My three research questions
Why did I choose to study forest elephants?
Why did I choose to study forest elephants?

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