Dr Zinta Zommers
I joined WildCRU in 2005 and am currently entering the final stages of DPhil research. My work examines the impact of human disturbance on chimpanzee populations in Budongo Forest, Uganda. I graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a H.BSc. in biology and environmental studies. In my studies, I have explored the interaction between human and natural worlds, and the impact of this complex relationship on wildlife. Much of my work has focused on great apes. In 2002, I studied foraging techniques of rehabilitant orangutans at the Wanariset Orangutan Reintroduction Programme in Balikpapan, Indonesia. In 2000, I assisted the Canadian Great Ape Alliance with a study of cultural attitudes of Cameroonian children towards gorillas and the bushmeat trade, and designed an educational programme about the bushmeat trade for the Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund. I also conducted an environmental assessment of urban slums in Varanasi, India with World Literacy of Canada. In 2005, supported by the Rhodes Scholarhsip, I earned an M.Phil. in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. More recently, I have been working with the United Nations Environment Programme as a coordinating lead author of the Global Environment Outlook Report, UNEP’s flagship state of the environment report.