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Dr Hannah Mumby is awarded a Fulbright Scholarship

last modified May 31, 2017 09:46 AM

Hannah Mumby, a Research Fellow in the Department has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to enable her to research at Colorado State University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.

As a participant, Hannah has been selected to conduct research on male African elephant sociality under different levels of poaching impact. She will collaborate with Professor George Wittemyer at the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and use data from his study site in Samburu, Kenya, along with her data collected in collaboration with Elephants Alive in the Greater Kruger area of South Africa.

Hannah and the 44 other British grantees of the 2017-18 Fulbright cohort will celebrate their success at a reception hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on Thursday 6 July. 

Commenting on the Award, Hannah said: "I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have this incredible opportunity to travel to the US and work with a renowned conservation biologist and elephant behaviour specialist. I am looking forward to initiating a fruitful collaboration and doing science that has a real impact on our understanding of the ongoing poaching crisis. I am also very excited to experience all that Colorado has to offer, from teaching at the university, to seeing all the wildlife the Rockies have to offer! I’m also planning to travel more widely in the US to give seminars and interact with colleagues. I couldn’t be more excited to be a Fulbrighter."

Amy Moore, Director of the Fulbright Awards Programme, commented: “No greater example of the continued importance of international education can be found than in the determination and drive of our 2017-18 grantees. These students, academics and professionals have identified the relevance of intercultural cooperation to their careers. As Fulbright alumni and future leaders, they will be able to foster personal and professional connections between nations.” 

Dr Hannah Mumby is a Drapers’ Company Research Fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge and a Society in Science – Branco Weiss Fellow in the Department of Zoology. She is Principal Investigator of the Bull Elephant Network Project, in which her group researches social and genetic relationships between male elephants, male elephant communication and the relationships between male elephants and the human environment. She is also a Research Associate at the South African non-profit Elephants Alive.

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