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Professor MUMBY, Hannah S

Professor MUMBY, Hannah S

Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

BA (Cantab); MPhil (Cantab); PhD (Sheffield)

  • 3917 3653
  • 2858 3477
  • KBSB 2N10

Teaching Areas

  • Environmental Science
  • Human-wildlife interactions
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Science-Policy Interface
  • Conservation Science

Research Interests

  • Behavioural ecology of large mammals
  • Human and animal dimensions of conservation
  • Applications of ecology and behaviour to conservation
  • Large mammals
  • Study species include African elephants, Asian elephants and wild boar

Current Research

  • Male elephant social behaviour
  • Distribution and evolution of tusk size in elephants
  • Elephant communication
  • Social learning in elephants
  • Analysis of elephant behavioural experiments
  • Human-elephant relationships
  • Interspecific interactions between humans and large mammals
  • Human perspectives on wild boar
  • Developing strategies for wild boar-human coexistence

Research Team

  • Teresa Santos (PhD student, co-supervised with Carlos Fernandes, University of Lisbon)
  • Derek Murphy (Post-doctoral researcher, based in Edinburgh)


  • Branco Weiss – Society in Science Fellow 2015-2020
  • Honorary Research Fellow, University of Witwatersrand, 2018-Present
  • Drapers’ Company Fellow 2015-2019
  • College for Life Sciences Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  • Fulbright Scholar 2017
  • DST-NRF Early Career Fellow, University of South Africa 2016

Publications and News

  • Book Project on the lives of elephants, to be published with HarperCollins (English) and Hanser Munich (German) in 2020.
  • Fieldwork in southern Africa and Nepal
  • Paper on variation in elephant tusk size in press with Frontiers in Zoology
  • For a full list of publications, see

Awards and Honours

  • Fulbright Scholar Award 2017
Dr Mumby