Publication on conservation efforts and monkeys, co-authored by Guilherme Silva

December 30, 2022

Guilherme co-authored the following paper:

The importance of well-protected forests for the conservation genetics of West African colobine monkeys. (December 2022). Tânia Minhós, Filipa Borges, Bárbara Parreira, Rúben Oliveira, Isa AleixoPais, Fabien H Leendertz, Roman Wittig, Carlos Rodríguez Fernandes, Guilherme Henrique Lima Marques Silva, Miguel Duarte, Michael W Bruford, Maria Joana Ferreira da Silva, Lounès Chikhi. American Journal of Primatology

The study conducted aimed at investigating the effect of unsustainable human activities within two distinct well-protected national parks in West Africa. The genetic diversity of two species of non-human primates (colobines) was compared between the two areas. The results indicate that, although bush meat hunting occurs and both environments the reduction of genetic diversity and population decline was only observed in the highly fragmented forest. The results also evidentiate the importance of well-protected forests for maintaining population size, species, and evolutionary potential in colobines and how distinct human activities may impact local non-human primate populations. 


Minhós, T., Borges, F., Parreira, B., Oliveira, R., Aleixo Pais, I., Leendertz, F.H., Wittig, R., Fernandes, C.R., Marques Silva, G.H.L., Duarte, M. and Bruford, M.W., (2022). The importance of well protected forests for the conservation genetics of West African colobine monkeys. American Journal of Primatology, e23453