Assistant Project Directors
While report writing, scientific publication, grant writing, grant reporting and financing can be done from an armchair in the US, much of the work of sustaining SCP is done on the ground, in western Uganda. This challenging work is done by the Assistant Project Director. APDs go into the forest to track chimpanzees almost every day. They gather and record data on chimpanzee behavior, they supervise local staff, they manage project money, they buy supplies, and they write monthly reports to keep the reserve warden informed about SCP activities. APDs are in turn assisted by a Camp Manager, a local employee who helps assign daily workloads for the porters, cooks, and assures that the camp grounds are maintained.
There have been 18 complete-tenure APDs, assistants who completed their six-month contract and contributed data to our longterm records.