Martha Robbins

Biologist, conservationist, and National Geographic grantee Martha Robbins has devoted more than 25 years to research on and conservation of gorillas across Africa. She began by conducting doctoral research on the mountain gorillas in Rwanda in the early 1990s. Since 1998 she has directed a long-term research site on the mountain gorillas of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. She also directs a field site for western gorillas in Gabon’s Loango National Park. She is a leading expert on gorillas, with her research focusing on feeding ecology, social behavior, and population dynamics. For more than 20 years, Martha has worked as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.