Chia Tan

Blogger Profile: Chia Tan

Chia Tan, Ph.D., is a scientist in the Behavioral Biology Division with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She is an accomplished primatologist with two decades of field experience, primarily in Madagascar, China, and Vietnam, and is considered the world’s leading expert on bamboo lemurs and snub-nosed monkeys. She works with a network of interdisciplinary practitioners on conserving some of the most endangered species of Asian leaf-eating monkeys. In addition to her scientific endeavors, she is passionate about training and mentoring students, especially those in primate-habitat countries. She has organized and taught a series of graduate-level short courses for emerging primatologists in Asia. She also is expanding her outreach efforts to help Chinese and Vietnamese children develop conservation literacy, compassion, and respect toward wildlife. She is a co-founder of the Little Green Guards program in China.
Have Camera Trap, Will Travel

Have Camera Trap, Will Travel

Decades ago when I began my career as a primatologist, all I needed to take to the field were my binoculars, notebooks and pens. Nowadays along with my binoculars and writing instruments, I am also in need of camera traps.   read more

The Things We Do for Biodiversity Conservation

The Things We Do for Biodiversity Conservation

I am off to Asia again. This time, I have a very full itinerary that includes China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. To prepare for the trip, I wrote down a long list of “to dos” that involves words like speed, backpacks, and children’s library.   read more

For the Love of Lemurs and Monkeys

For the Love of Lemurs and Monkeys

As a scientist, I am not embarrassed to profess my fondness for lemurs because there is nothing embarrassing about transforming one’s passion into action.   read more

What Might Monkeys Be Up To?

What Might Monkeys Be Up To?

February 10 marks the beginning of a new year, the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese lunar calendar. I cannot help but reflect on what I have done in the past year and contemplate what I wish to accomplish in this new year.   read more

March of the Little Green Guards

March of the Little Green Guards

Just the other day, a colleague asked how my summer was. I drew a blank and responded, “What summer?” Indeed, I work all year long, and for me a year is marked by only two seasons: the field season and the non-field season.   read more