Dr Trevor Jones

Trevor Jones
Image of Trevor Jones leaving Ngungumbi

Profile

Trevor Jones is a conservation zoologist who has worked on a wide range of mammals and birds in East Africa and Europe, with a current focus on African elephants.

Since 2002 he has been based in the biodiverse forests of the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, where his first assignment was to habituate a group of endemic Sanje mangabeys, and complete the first systematic study of their ecology and behaviour. In 2004, during an expedition searching for unconfirmed populations of mangabeys, he discovered one of the two known populations of 'kipunji', Africa's first new monkey species for 20 years (and first new genus for 125 years!). More recently, he has been involved in discoveries of Udzungwa-endemic new species of giant sengi and chameleon. His current projects in the Udzungwas include research and planning to conserve the little known elephants of these mountains (in collaboration with his partner, Dr. Katarzyna Nowak), and ongoing monitoring of both Sanje mangabeys and kipunji. Over the last eight years Trevor has trained and mentored several Tanzanian research assistants and students, and has trained local communities in techniques for monitoring and managing their Village Forest Reserves.

Trevor's work seeks to provide sound scientific information to underpin and influence management and policy to conserve endangered species and habitats in Tanzania. In 2008-9, he led a national review of wildlife corridors across Tanzania, the first country for which this has been done. From 2009-10, he coordinated completion of the new Tanzanian National Elephant Management Plan, and he was recently asked to participate in writing the new 10-year General Management Plan for the Udzungwa Mountains National Park.

Trevor is also founder and co-coordinator of the Handa Island Skua Project in northern Scotland, which has monitored breeding and feeding ecology of nationally threatened Great and Arctic skuas on the island since 2003, and supported research projects by students from Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Leeds. Trevor is also a regular participant in bird surveys and ringing schemes.

Trevor has received external funding and support in recent years from Wildlife Conservation Society, Zoological Society of London, World Wide Fund for Nature, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Conservation International, Fauna and Flora International, Flamingoland UK, The Seabird Group, Scottish Ornithologists Club, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Wildlife Trust, and the Primate Society of Great Britain.


Research interests

  • Elephant conservation in Tanzania.
  • Wildlife corridors.
  • Ecological monitoring of endangered species for conservation.
  • Predictors of large mammal abundance in tropical forests.
  • Conservation ecology of endangered primates.
  • Community-based ecological monitoring.
  • Conservation ecology of Great and Arctic skuas in Scotland.

Recent and current projects

  • Coordinator, Tanzanian National Elephant Management Plan 2010-2015, including assessment of population demographic trends and corridors (with Wildlife Conservation Society & Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute; ended July 2010).
  • Udzungwa Elephant Project: Studying distribution, movements, ecology and crop-raiding dynamics of elephants in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania (collaboration with Dr. Katarzyna Nowak, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford).
  • Research into predictors of large mammal abundance across the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, and assessment of recce transect methods for tropical forest conservation (PhD supervised by Dr. Dawn Hawkins, Anglia Ruskin University).
  • Long-term monitoring of endangered primates (Sanje mangabey and kipunji) in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania (currently in collaboration with WWF-Tanzania).
  • Development of GIS database for endangered species in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania (collaboration with Nick McWilliam, Anglia Ruskin University).
  • Annual monitoring of productivity and diet of Great and Arctic skuas on Handa Island, Scotland (with Claire Smith, RSPB & Andrew Ramsay, Highland Ringing Group).

Publications

Nowak K, Jones T & Lee PC (2010) Using dung bolus diameter for age estimation in an unstudied elephant population in Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Pachyderm 46, 47-52.

Roberts TE, Davenport TRB, Hildebrandt KBP, Jones T, Sargis EJ, Stanley WT & Olson LE (2010) Local introgression, not hybrid origin, explains mitochondrial DNA variation in Rungwecebus kipunji. Biology Letters 6, 233-237.

Menegon M, Tolley K, Jones T, Rovero F & Marshall AR (2009) A new species of single blade-horned chameleon (Sauria: Chamaeleonidae: Kinyongia) from Magombera forest and the Udzungwa Mountains National Park, Tanzania. Acta Herpetologica 58, 59-70.

Caro T, Jones T & Davenport TRB (2009) Realities of documenting wildlife corridors in tropical countries. Biological Conservation 142, 2807-2811.

Rovero F, Marshall AR, Jones T & Perkin A (2009) The primates of the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania: diversity, ecology and conservation. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 87, 93-126.

Jones T, Smith C, Williams E & Ramsay A (2008) Breeding performance and diet of Great Stercorarius skua and Arctic skuas S. parasiticus on the west coast of Scotland. Bird Study 55, 257-266.

Davenport TRB, De Luca DW, Jones T, Mpunga NE, Machaga SJ, Kitegile A, Picton Phillipps G (2008) The critically endangered kipunji Rungwecebus kipunji of southern Tanzania: first census and assessments of distribution and conservation status. Oryx 42(3), 352-359.

Rovero F, Rathbun GB, Perkin A, Jones T, Ribble DO, Leonard C, Mwakisoma RC & Doggart N (2008) A new species of giant sengi or elephant-shrew (genus Rhynchocyon) highlights the exceptional biodiversity of the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. J. Zool.

Jones T
(2007) Cassin's Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus Africanus in Ndundulu Forest: a First Record for Tanzania, with Biogeographical Implications. Journal of East African Natural History 96, 187-192.

Jones T, Laurent S, Mselewa F & Mtui A (2006) Sanje mangabey Cercocebus sanjei kills African crowned eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus. Folia Primatologica 77, 359-363.

Bruner E, Pucci A & Jones T (2006) Cranial morphology and anatomy of two adult females of Piliocolobus gordonorum, Matschie 1900 (Udzungwa Red Colobus). Aldrovandia 2, 73-78.

Jones T, Ehardt CL, Butynski TM, Davenport TRB, Mpunga NE, Mchaga SJ & DeLuca DW (2005) The highland mangabey Lophocebus kipunji: A new species of African monkey. Science 308, 1161-4.

Ehardt CL, Jones T & Butynski TM (2005) The Endangered Sanje Mangabey of Tanzania: Current Protective Status, Ecology and Strategies for Improving Conservation. International Journal of Primatology 26, 557-583.

Rovero F, Jones T & Sanderson J (2005) Notes on Abbott's duiker (Cephalophus spadix True 1890) and other forest antelopes of Mwanihana Forest, Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania, as revealed by camera-trapping and direct observations. Tropical Zoology 18, 15-25.

Jones T (2002) Plumage polymorphism and kleptoparasitism in the Arctic skua Stercorarius parasiticus. Atlantic Seabirds 4(2): 41-52.

Recent unpublished reports:
Jones T, Caro T & Davenport TRB (eds.) (2009) Wildlife corridors in Tanzania. Report to Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, 60pp.

Davenport TRB, Mpunga NE, Machaga SJ, Jones T, Bracebridge CE and De Luca DW (2009) Kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji). In: R. A. Mittermeier et al., Primates in Peril: The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates 2008-2010, pp.35-37. IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group (PSG), International Primatological Society (IPS) and Conservation International (CI), Arlington, VA.

Nowak K, Jones T, Mackubi J (2009) Singida wind farm: Assessment of potential impacts on birds. Unpublished report for Wind East Africa Ltd.

Nowak K, Perkin A, Jones T (2009) Update on habitat loss and conservation status of the endangered Zanzibar red colobus on Uzi and Vundwe Islands. URL: www.primate.org/publications.htm

Jones T, Smith C & Green R (2003-2010) Annual reports of the Handa Island Skua Project. www.handaskuas.org/research

Davenport T & Jones T (2008) Kipunji Rungwecebus kipunji Critically Endangered. Formal assessment for the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. www.redlist.org

Jones T (2008) Mangabey Educational Tourism Project in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania: Phase 1. Final report to CEPF. Available at: www.cepf.org

Jones T, Rovero F & Msirikale J (2007) Vanishing Corridors: A Last Chance to Preserve Ecological Connectivity between the Udzungwa and Selous-Mikumi Ecosystems of Southern Tanzania. 36pp. www.easternarc.or.tz

Jones T (2006) Kipunji in Ndundulu Forest, Tanzania: Distribution, Abundance and Conservation Status. 28pp.

Moyer D, Jones T & Rovero F. (2006) Abbott's duiker Cephalophus spadix Endangered. Formal assessment for the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. www.redlist.org

Jones T (2006) Conducting Baseline Ecological surveys and Developing an Ecological Monitoring Plan for the Vidunda Water Catchment Area and East side of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Report to WWF-Tanzania. 45pp.

Jones T (2006) Disturbance Transects. In: St. John F. A Review of Existing Data and the use of Disturbance Transect, METT and TRA as Monitoring Tools for the WWF TPO Lowland Coastal Forests Programme. Report to WWF-Tanzania. 89pp.

Jones T (2005) Surveys of the endangered primates of the Udzungwa Mountains outside of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Report to the Primate Society of Great Britain.

Selected book chapters, articles, conference presentations and posters
Jones T & Nowak K (in prep) Savanna Elephants in Montane Forest. In: Udzungwa Mountains - the story of a unique rainforest in eastern Africa (eds. Rovero F., Jensen F.P., Brøgger-Jensen S. & Scharff N.). http://www.udzungwabook.mono.net

Jones T (in prep) Discovering the Sanje Mangabey. In: Udzungwa Mountains - the story of a unique rainforest in eastern Africa (eds. Rovero F., Jensen F.P., Brøgger-Jensen S. & Scharff N.). http://www.udzungwabook.mono.net

Jones T (in prep) Finding more new monkeys in the Udzungwas - the unexpected appearance of the Kipunji. In: Udzungwa Mountains - the story of a unique rainforest in eastern Africa (eds. Rovero F, Jensen FP, Brøgger-Jensen S & Scharff N). http://www.udzungwabook.mono.net

Bowkett A, Jones T & Rovero F (in prep) Duikers and other forest antelopes in the Udzungwa Mountains: "ghosts" dwelling on the forest floors. In: Udzungwa Mountains - the story of a unique rainforest in eastern Africa (eds. Rovero F, Jensen FP, Brøgger-Jensen S & Scharff N). http://www.udzungwabook.mono.net

Msoffe F, Rovero F & Jones T (in prep) The Udzungwa Mountains National Park. In: Udzungwa Mountains - the story of a unique rainforest in eastern Africa (eds. Rovero F, Jensen FP, Brøgger-Jensen S & Scharff N). http://www.udzungwabook.mono.net

Rovero F, Marshall A, Jones T & Brøgger-Jensen S (in prep) Preserving the Udzungwa Mountains for the future. In: Udzungwa Mountains - the story of a unique rainforest in eastern Africa (eds. Rovero F, Jensen FP, Brøgger-Jensen S & Scharff N). http://www.udzungwabook.mono.net

Davenport TRB, Jones T & Caro T (2010) Wildlife Corridors in Tanzania. Proceedings of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Seventh Scientific Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.

Bowkett AE, Plowman AB, Jones T & Stevens JR (2010) The use of non-invasive genetic sampling to assess conservation status: a case study of forest antelope in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Proceedings of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Seventh Scientific Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.

Nowak K, Jones T, Lee PC & Hawkins D (2010) Savanna elephants in montane forest: assessing the population of a landscape species in the biodiverse Udzungwa Mountains. Proceedings of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Seventh Scientific Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.

Rovero F, Marshall AR, Jones T & Perkin A (2010) The primates of the Udzungwa Mountains: diversity, ecology and conservation. Proceedings of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Seventh Scientific Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.

Green R, Smith C, Jones T & Harrison N (2009) The relationship between dietary specialisation and productivity in Great skuas (Stercorarius skua), on Handa Island. XXth International Seabird Conference, Bruges.

Davenport TRB, Bracebridge C, De Luca DW, Mpunga NE, Machaga SJ, Jones T & Marsden S (2008) Demography, ecology and conservation status of kipunji Rungwecebus kipunji in southern Tanzania. Poster, International Primatological Society XXII Congress, Edinburgh, UK.

Rovero F & Jones T (2008) The Naming of the Shrew. Africa Geographic 5, 43-44.

Jones T, Epps C, Coppolillo P, Mbano B, Mutayoba M, and Rovero F (2007). Maintaining ecological connectivity between the Protected Areas of south-central Tanzania: evidence and challenges. Proceedings of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Sixth Scientific Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.

Rovero F, Bowkett A, De Luca D, Jones T, Marshall A, Msirikale J & Mtui A (2007) Camera-trapping to study forest mammals in the Udzungwa Mountains: results from five years of research. Proceedings of the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute Sixth Scientific Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.

Marshall AR, Aloyce Z, Mariki S, Jones T, Burgess N, Kilahama F, Sawe C, Nashanda E, Massao J, Rovero F & Watkin J (2007) Tanzania's second Nature Reserve: improving the conservation status of the Udzungwa Mountains? Oryx 41, 429-430.

Jones T (2007) Options for maintaining connectivity between the Udzungwa and Selous Ecosystems. Address to Conservation of the Southern Udzungwa Forests: which way forward? WWF-sponsored Stakeholders Workshop, Morogoro, Tanzania.

Jones T (2007). Discovering a new species of monkey in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. Invited seminar at Trento Museum of Natural Sciences, Italy.

Jones T (2006) Biodiversity corridors in the Udzungwa Mountains. Address to 'Connectivity Issues across the Eastern arc Mountains', CEPF-sponsored symposium, Amani Nature Reserve, Tanzania.
Rovero F & Jones T (2006) Forest Ghosts. Africa Geographic, 10, 26-27.

Jones T, Smith C & Ramsay A (2006) Monitoring Handa's skua populations. Scottish Bird News, 81, 10.
Smith C, Jones T, Ramsay A & Williams L (2006) Handa's skuas 2004-2005. The Seabird Group Newsletter, 101, 7-8.

Davenport TRB, Jones T, Mpunga NE, Machaga SJ, De Luca DW, Laizzer R, Mndeme A & Mwakilema WS (2005) The Highland Mangabey Lophocebus kipunji - Africa's 'newest' monkey. Poster, Vth Annual TAWIRI Scientific Conference, Arusha.

Davenport TRB & Jones T (2005) The Highland Mangabey - Africa's first new monkey for 20 years further illustrates the exceptional value of Tanzania's forests. The Arc Journal, 18, pp.1,6.

Jones T (2005) Identifying conservation targets for the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Address to Conservation International's 1st Site Peer Network Workshop, La Selva Biological Field Station, Costa Rica.

Jones T (2004) The importance of maintaining connectivity between the Udzungwa Mountains and adjacent ecosystems. Address to CEPF Conservation of the Udzungwa Mountains Stakeholders Workshop, Morogoro.
Jones T (2004) The duiker and the frog. BBC Wildlife, September 2004, p. 27.

Jones T & Rovero F (2004) Notes on a forest antelope community of the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. Address to 2nd Symposium on the Ecology and Conservation of Mini-antelope, Zanzibar.

Jones T (2003) The breeding ecology of great and Arctic skuas on Handa Island 2003. The Seabird Group Newsletter, 96, 1-3.

Bruner E, Pucci A & Jones T (2002) Relative anthropometrics among individuals of the Udzungwa red colobus Procolobus gordonorum. Poster, XXIVth National Congress of Primatology, Rome.

Jones T & Rovero F (in press) Notes on a forest antelope community of the Udzungwa Mountains, from observational and camera-trapping results. In: Ecology and Conservation of Small Antelope II: Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Duiker and Dwarf Antelope in Africa. 17th to 19th February 2004 (ed. Finnie D.). Filander Verlag, Furth, Germany.

Rovero F, Davenport TMB & Jones T. (in press) Abbott's duiker Cephalophus spadix. In: The Mammals of Africa (eds. Kingdon J., Happold D. & Butynski T.M.). Elsevier Science.
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