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Field Research

Ghana has innumerable field sites and unique study opportunities for researchers and students. NCRC facilitates research by helping with government permissions and permit processes, organization of in-country logistics, and selection of knowledgeable local guides and research assistants.

NCRC has assisted researchers in Natural Sciences and Cultural Studies, and aided delegations from environmental groups and zoological societies. Opportunities for research range from doctoral theses, to museum research, to shorter educational tours.

If you want more information on educational opportunities and fieldwork in Ghana, please contact us at [email protected] outlining your research objectives, proposed activity details, and estimated timeframe.

Recent Natural Science and Cultural Studies research projects undertaken by or with support from NCRC include:

Natural Sciences

  • Genetic tissue sampling for DNA analysis of Ghanaian mammals, particularly bovids, in collaboration with Centre for Tropical Bio-diversity, Institute of Population Biology, University of Copenhagen (completed 1998).
  • Comparative genetic (DNA) tissue studies of the True Mona monkey (Cercopithecus mona mona) in collaboration with the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation, Grenada to determine genetic variation between populations of the species isolated for over 500 years (completed 1998).
  • Soil-arthropod diversity and forest remnant trees research project at Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary with PhD candidate from University of Connecticut (completed 1998).
  • Population census of True Mona Monkeys (Cercopithecus mona) at the Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary (completed 1997).
  • Collaborative study on Oribi (Ourebia ourebi) in Ghana with PhD candidate from University of Wisconsin (completed 1999).
  • Collaborative study of the effective of bushfire in the Red Volta Valley of Upper East with M Phil candidate from Unversity of Aberdeen (completed 1999).
  • Collaborative study of Geoffroy’s Pied Colobus (Colobus vellerosus) in Ghana with PhD candidate from University of Calgary (started in 2000).
  • Collaborative study of swallows and barbets in Ghana with Museum of Ornithology at Louisiana State University (completed in 2000).
  • Survey of the presence of Sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekei gratus) in the coastal lagoons of the Volta Estuary (pending).
  • Survey of the presence of Korrigum (Damaliscus lunatus korrigum) in the Red Volta River Valley of the Upper East and Northern regions (on-going since 1999).
  • Collaboration on study of effects of forest fragmentation on forest birds in Ghana with Northern Arizona University School of Forestry (1999-2000).

Cultural Studies

  • Coordination of identification, training, and documentation of pilot organic cocoa-producing communities in Ghana in collaboration with CRIG and OCP-Cost Rica and Boston (completed in 2000).
  • Socio-cultural assessment of conservation norms and practices at Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary (completed 1997). Ethnographic study of the communities of the Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary (completed in 2000).

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