Andrew Halloran is a primatologist who specializes in primate vocal communication. He has extensively studied chimpanzee calls and wrote a book on the subject titled The Song of the Ape. His current research focuses on the wild chimpanzees of Sierra Leone and how their calls are structured by both learning and environmental acoustics. Halloran is also working with local villages in Sierra Leone to find alternatives to hunting the very fragile chimpanzee populations in the area. In addition to his work with chimpanzees, Halloran has done work in Nicaragua and Costa Rica looking at capuchin monkey communication and working for the conservation of tropical forests alongside the Maderas Rainforest Conservancy.
- B.A., Flagler College
- M.A., Florida Atlantic University
- Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
Andrew Halloran believes in a hands on approach to learning scientific literacy. Students must be real life participants in the classroom and beyond.
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
The Tonkolili Chimpanzee Project:
In 2012, Dr. Andrew Halloran observed a small group of chimpanzees living in close proximity to several villages in Central Sierra Leone. At the time of his visit, the population of chimpanzees had been heavily hunted by the human communities. As he studied the group, he ascertained from the villages that the main reason for the active hunting was resource competition. The chimpanzees were raiding oil palm crops, which were the sole source of economy for the village at that time. The palms had replaced bee keeping and livestock management, neither of which presented a source of competition with the chimpanzees, and both of which had been destroyed during the Sierra Leone Civil War. In order to protect this population of chimpanzees, a partnership was established in order to enact a moratorium on chimpanzee killing in the area. In return, pre-war economic practices would be funded and restored. This partnership has led to further initiatives and the establishment of the Tonkolili Chimpanzee Project.
The chimpanzees at the Tonkolili Site represent a growing reality for wild chimpanzee throughout Africa. Chimpanzees increasingly find themselves in small forest fragments that are near human communities. This has led to very serious conflicts; the results of which threaten the survival of chimpanzees as a species. The Tonkolili Chimpanzee project endeavors to study human-chimpanzee interactions in an effort to find ways to mitigate these conflicts and find ways that humans and chimpanzee can coexist in the face of mounting deforestation, unsustainable population densities within forest fragments, and interactions that are increasing in both number and severity.
Students at Lynn University have worked with Dr. Halloran to both study the effects of human impacts on chimpanzees and to work on solutions to mitigate human-chimpanzee conflicts. Lynn students have built bee keeping boxes to help restore the pre-war economic practices that are not adversely affected by chimpanzees. Students have examined field data taken from the site to study everything from what the chimpanzees are eating in the forest to the dynamics of chimpanzees raiding village crops. Some students have gone to the site itself to collect data.