Albertine Rift

Although the Albertine Rift straddles six countries, our work has focused primarily in three of those: Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We made multiple research trips to western Uganda, Burundi, and eastern DRC. We have worked closely with local organizations during these visits, including Le Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles in Lwiro, DRC, Université Officielle de Bukavu, DRC, and Makarere University, Kampala, Uganda.

An important part of our trips is training local students and scientists. See our Institutions and Collaborations and students page page for more.

The Albertine Rifts most famous animal, the mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei). Mountain gorillas are severely endangered by habitat destruction and by poaching. Photo by John M. Bates.
Archer's Robin-Chat (Cossyphya archeri) is one of more than forty species of birds found only in the Albertine Rift. Photo © Josh Engel.