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Dr Hannah S. Mumby

Dr Hannah S. Mumby

Drapers' Company Junior Research Fellow, Pembroke College

Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellow

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building
Office Phone: 01223 (3)31698


2015-Present Independent Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

I am starting exciting new research focusing on the male side of elephant ecology and conservation

2014-2015 Leverhulme Trust funded Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield

I co-supervised two excellent Master's students working on the evolution of elephant growth and reproductive strategies

2010-2014 PhD, University of Sheffield

I did my PhD on how life history of Asian elephants is influenced by environmental factors- including climate and stress. I continue to collaborate with the Myanmar Timber Elephant Project.

Research Group

Conservation Science Group:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests

Elephants are charismatic megafauna, with a unique cultural significance to humans. And they're also my study system. I'm interested in how elephants relate to their social, physical and human environment.

My current research focuses on male African elephants. Males are possibly less well-understood that females, but understanding them better could be key to conservation of the species. Particularly because males may be more likely to be involved in human-elephant conflict. I'll be looking into male sociality, relatedness, vocalisations and other characteristics with the aim of informing conservation strategies. Please see my website for more details.

Key Publications

Chapman S.N., Mumby H.S., Crawley J.A.H., Mar K.U., Htut W., Thura Soe A., Aung H.H. and Lummaa V. How big is it really? Assessing the efficacy of indirect estimates of body size in Asian elephants. Accepted in PLOS ONE. 

Mumby H.S., Chapman S.N., Crawley J.A.H., Mar K.U., Htut W., Thura Soe A., Aung H.H. and Lummaa V. Distinguishing between determinate and indeterminate growth in a long-lived mammal. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 2015 15:214. Open access.

Mumby, H.S.,  Mar, K.U., Hayward, A.D., Htut, W., Htut-Aung, Y. and Lummaa, V. Elephants born in the high stress season have faster reproductive ageing. Scientific Reports, 2015 5:13946. Open access.

Mumby, H.S.,  Mar, K.U., Thitaram, C., Courtiol, A., Towiboon, P., Min-Oo, Z., Htut-Aung, Y., Brown, J.L. and Lummaa, V. Stress and body conditions are associated with demography of Asian elephants. Conservation Physiology, 2015  3(1): cov030. Open access.

Mumby, H.S.,  Courtiol, A., Mar, K.U. and Lummaa, V. Birth seasonality and calf mortality in a large population of Asian elephants. Ecology and Evolution, 2013 3(11):3794-3803. Open access.

Mumby, H.S., Courtiol, A., Mar, K.U. and Lummaa, V. Climatic variation and age-specific survival in Asian elephants from Myanmar. Ecology, 2013. 94(5) 1131-1141

Vinicius, L. and Mumby, H.S. Comparative analysis of animal growth: A primate continuum revealed by a new dimensionless growth rate coefficient. Evolution, 2013. 67(5) 1485-1492.

Other Publications

Mumby, H.S., Elks C.E., Li S., Sharp S.J., Khaw K-T. , Luben R.N., Wareham N.J. , Loos R.J.F. and Ong K.K. Mendelian Randomisation Study of Childhood BMI and Early Menarche. Journal of Obesity, 2011. Article ID 180729.

Mumby, H. and L. Vinicius, Primate Growth in the Slow Lane: A Study of Inter-Species Variation in the Growth Constant A. 
Evolutionary Biology, 2008. 35(4): p. 287-295.