National Geographic

Aaron Sandel

of NG Young Explorers

Aaron Sandel is a PhD student in Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor studying the chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda. Given that it is about time to come up with a dissertation proposal, he has a directive from his adviser to only think about chimpanzee behavior, development, and body size, and is not allowed to daydream about human hairlessness, standup comedy, or squirrels.

Charging Chimps, Chasing Poachers, & Other Drama

On the heals of a poacher, chasing chimps doesn’t seem so hard.

Skeletons in the Forest: Life, Death, and the Dynamics of a National Park

The forces of the forest make searching for chimpanzees, alive or dead, a challenge.

How Big are Camera Shy Chimps? Measuring Body Size in the Forest

Even with high-tech methods, measuring body size in wild chimpanzees is difficult.

Searching for Chimps & Other Misadventures in an Ugandan Forest

Bee stings to the face, deadly serpents, and raging arson fires…no day is the same for a chimp researcher in Uganda.