Myanmar Timber Elephant Project

The Team

Join the team

We sometimes have research student and other opportunities available and we also welcome collaborative projects using the data we collect, please send enquiries to   virpi.lummaa ( a t )

Principal research staff

Prof. Virpi Lummaa

Virpi is a professor at the University of Turku and the principal investigator in the Myanmar Timber Elephant Project. Her research has focused on the evolution of senescence and life histories, primarily in humans using a large historic genealogical dataset she has collated from her native Finland. She has used this experience to establish the Elephant Project at the University of Turku, Finland, funded by the EU’s Horizon2020 / ERC (European Research Council) Consolidator Grant 648766.

The long-term aim is, in collaboration with the Myanmar Timber Enterprise, to utilise the unique opportunity to establish a longitudinal study on Asian elephants employed in Myanmar timber camps to address questions ranging from demography, social behaviour, welfare and conservation, ageing and life-history patterns to veterinary topics in this endangered species.

Email: virpi.lummaa ( a t )
Tel: +358 50 4382 044

Postdoctoral research associates

Postgraduate research students

Research students

Local Veterinarians

A team of local veterinarians are actively involved in our projects and research by collecting data, providing updates of events in the field and administering veterinary care.