College of Arts and Sciences

Bioko Island Primates

About Our Research

Bioko is a small island off of the west coast of Equatorial Guinea. Despite its small size, it supports an incredible amount of biodiversity including 11 primate species and is consequently a biodiversity hotspot for primates in Africa. Unfortunately, Bioko’s primates are dwindling in numbers due to deforestation and hunting. It is estimated that they will be extinct from the island within 5 years if conservation efforts are not implemented. Through collaborations with the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program and Dr. Nelson Ting, our group hopes to genetically characterize all 11 primate species.


Ting, N., Astaras, C., Hearn, G., Honarvar, S., Corush, J., Burrell, A. S., Phillips, N., Morgan, B. J., Gadsby, E. L., Raaum, R., Roos, C. (2012). Genetic signatures of a demographic collapse in a large-bodied forest dwelling primate (Mandrillus leucophaeus). Ecology & Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.98.  ​

Student Researchers at Work

Cynthia with monkey fingers.
Haley and Cynthia prepare a PCR.
Haley examines a monkey's finger.