How Do You Study Elephants? The Start of My Journey
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I chose to study elephants for my dissertation research. But how does one even set something like that up? Where do you begin?


I recently gave a talk to undergraduate students in wildlife studies. I talked about my past research including my dissertation research on forest elephants, but also more recent research on camera traps. At the end of the talk though, I got a lot of questions about how I set up more elephant research. 


I thought now would be a great time to talk about that. In this episode, I talk about how I got started and why I chose forest elephants. 


Specifically, we’ll go over:


  • Why did I choose to research elephants? And forest elephants specifically?
  • What makes elephants so interesting? Why did I find them fascinating?
  • African savanna elephant social structure and behavior
  • The different existing elephant species
  • How I decided my research topic when I could study almost anything I wanted
  • African forest elephant social structure
  • My three research questions


For full show notes, click here: https://stephanieschuttler.com/study-elephants/


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