Expertise: Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Research in plant-animal interactions, specifically seed dispersal ecology, and the study of primate ecology, evolutionary history (mainly old world primates), and primate conservation. Focus on protected areas at the interface of human and ecological systems and conservation of biodiversity and ecological processes within protected areas while working with local communities. Work with developing countries to build higher education programs, research capacity, and conservation science education.
Dr. Beth Kaplin earned a BS in Wildlife Biology with a minor in Fisheries Biology; MS in Zoology; PhD in Zoology; ten-plus years teaching environmental studies at graduate level; advising U.S. and international graduate students on research projects. She has been active in a twenty-year research program in east Africa (Albertine Rift region) tropical montane forest; lived in Rwanda for four years off and on over the years as well as two-four month visits every year, traveled and worked in Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya.