We are so excited to share that Coral Chell, Animal Management lecturer at University Centre Bishop Burton (UCBB) has had her ground breaking research published in a world-renowned journal in the field.


Last month her work, which was co-written with five other leading academics, featured in the African Journal of Ecology. The article, Distribution of the critically endangered Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) across a fragmented landscape in NW Madagascar looks into a previously unexplored research area, specifically at the impact of human disturbance on the species.

Coral explained,

"I was thrilled to be brought onboard for this publication, it follows on from my previous research as part for my Masters which I studied at Nottingham Trent University. I went to Madagascar to conduct my research and collect data. It’s been two years in the making, but I'm really pleased it’s all come together now.

Another reason this is an exciting project to be involved in is it was a fantastic opportunity to work with other women in science, having the opportunity to work with Miarisoa Ramilison, fellow sifaka lover and lemur researcher was a great experience."

Despite the island of Madagascar experiencing widespread deforestation, Coral's research found that this species, although Critically Endangered was actually surviving well in these habitats. These results were contradictory to other research conducted and showed overall a relatively positive story, and not as bad as predicted, however, further long-term studies are needed to further confirm this research.

Coral currently teaches on a number of programmes in Animal Management and Conservation for UCBB including Research Design and Statistical Analysis and Principals of Ecology and Conservation, she also chairs the research group for the college.

To find out more about these programmes, as well as many others offered by University Centre Bishop Burton, visit our course pages or come along to one of our upcoming open events.

Coral Chell