Traveler Bio

Bonjour! Hello! My name is Ian Nichols and I am a 38-year-old biology Ph.D. student. Before returning to school to focus on conservation biology, I spent a lot of time photographing great apes, usually traveling to Central Africa to work. I worked on assignment for National Geographic, and through those years produced stories on chimpanzee and gorillas. I love field work and prefer living in the forest in a tent to a house in the city. I received a Fulbright award to study how mammals utilize cocoa farms in Cameroon. Shade-grown cocoa is one of the few forms of development that can still maintain biodiversity. I want to understand if shade cocoa can be used in buffer zones around national parks or in wildlife corridors as a win-win for people and wildlife. Join me as we explore the animals, people and culture of Cameroon!