Harry Hilser
PhD researcher


With a background in biology, I sought to pursue my interests in ecology and anthropology, leading into a specialization in primatology. Deepening these core interests, I explored Indonesia’s rich diversity of primate species, beginning research in South East Sulawesi in 2005. Since then I have investigated crop-raiding and social interactions in Buton macaques (Macaca ochreata brunescens), parasitism in orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus), gibbons (Hylobates albibarbis) and red langurs (Presbytis rubicunda), and leading into conservation research of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra).

My primary interest trajectories have developed from the biological to conservation domains, as I have been living in North Sulawesi for the past 3 years as Programme Manager for a conservation Programme focused on protecting M. nigra and its native habitat. The current part time PhD in Human Geography is primarily rooted in the understudied area of conservation advocacy. Integrated into the programme, this study focuses on the anthropological causes of species declines and potential mitigation strategies based on behavioural change mechanisms such as community based social marketing.

Broad research specialisms:

Primatology; Conservation Biology; Social Psychology; Empathy; Behaviour Change Science


BSc Biological Sciences
MSc Primate Conservation

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 7725 554619

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