I am a Lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences. As an ecologist, I am particularly interested in the social dynamics of animal species, stress physiology, biodiversity and conservation.
I teach behavioural ecology, physiology, taxonomy, biodiversity, evolutionary ecology, and conservation at BSc and MSc level.
My research involves fieldwork, laboratory work, and analytical approaches. Research interests focus on reproductive skew and pup care in banded mongooses, cooperative breeding in grey mouse lemurs, group dynamics of chimpanzees, demographics of social spiders, stress physiology of large ungulates, and effects of wild boar on biodiversity. My research has mostly been based in Africa, specifically Uganda, Madagascar and South Africa, as well as Scotland.
Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier, I conducted my PhD and postdoctoral research on the social dynamics of banded mongoose in Uganda with the University of Cambridge.
Research webpage: www.jasongilchrist.co.uk/research.html
Popular science writings: www.jasongilchrist.co.uk/magazine_articles.html