Ria Ghai

McGill University
Ph.D. candidate

Supervisor: Jonathan Davies
Colin Chapman
Start: 2009-09-01
End: 2014-12-01
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Primate-Parasite Interactions in Kibale National Park, Uganda
My research takes place in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Kibale is a unique rainforest in that it harbours the highest biomass of primates found anywhere on the planet. Its biodiversity is also immense, with twelve different species of primate occurring sympatrically. This sets the stage for my research, which investigates parasite transmission within this complex community. Using molecular and phylogenetic methods, I am investigating what dictates parasite transmission in this community, whether it be host behaviour or phylogenetic relatedness. My research also includes sampling from the adjacent human population, and may therefore also shed light on the implications of increasingly frequent human and non-human primate interaction.


host-parasite interactions, Primate, animal behavior


1- Probable effects of resident and transient killer whales (Orcinus orca) on the activity levels of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) at Carmanah Point, British Columbia
Ghai, Ria, Stephen J. Insley
2011 Marine Mammal Science

2- Protozoan parasites in group-living primates: testing the biological island hypothesis
Chapman, Colin A., Dwight D. Bowman, Ria R. Ghai, Jan F. Gogarten, Tony L. Goldberg, Jessica M. Rothman, Dennis Twinomugisha, Chesley Walsh
2012 American Journal of Primatology