Research Projects

Ongoing scientific research at Mpala

The Buffelgrass Project

After habitat alteration, invasive species are considered to be the second-leading factor contributing to the loss of biodiversity worldwide. The Buffelgrass Project provides the scientific…

ForestGEO

The first Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) plot was established in 1980 on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Over the years, the ForestGEO program has expanded…

Vulturine Guineafowl Project

Vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) are the largest species of guineafowl and are highly social, exhibiting distinct decision-making structures. This project seeks to better understand their…

Samburu-Laikipia Wild Dog Project

The survival of cheetahs and wild dogs depends upon sharing the African landscape with people and livestock, and this project is concerned with studying approaches…

Princeton Zebra Project

This project primarily focuses on continual research on the endangered Grevy’s zebra ecology. Before the Mpala Research Centre came into existence, Dr. Daniel Rubenstein studied…

Smithsonian vets

The Smithsonian‘s conservation biology global health programme One Health runs at Mpala Research Centre, in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Services and Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy….

Turkana Genomics Project

In a blink of evolutionary time, humans have explored every corner of this planet and as a species have shown an amazing capacity to adapt…