Prof. Michael A. Huffman, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

Michael A. Huffman received his MSc (1985) and DSc (1989) degrees in Zoology, from Kyoto University, Japan.  He is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Social Behavior at the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University.  In addition to investigations on Japanese macaques spanning 40+ years, he has extensively studied the behavioral ecology of wild chimpanzees in Tanzania and Uganda, with a focus on host parasite ecology, zoonotic transmission, self-medication and ethnopharmacology.  He has a special interest in traditional medicines acquired from observations of wild animals for the control of parasitoses and related diseases.  With students and collaborators, he has published on over 15 primate species from apes to lemurs, and other mammal species in Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, China, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Madagascar and Brazil.  He is deeply committed to building bridges through inter-disciplinary collaborations and mentoring.