The GRASP Scientific Commission consists of 14 top specialists in great ape conservation. They include experts from each range state region, members of organizations like the IUCN’s Primate Specialist Group Section on Great Apes, and the International Primatological Society, as well as thematic experts specialized in zoonotic disease, economics or forestry. The Commission provides independent and scientifically sound expert advice on an ad hoc basis to the GRASP Secretariat and its projects, including publications, reports, surveys and fieldwork.  

Dr. Serge Wich
Dr. Serge Wich
Serge Wich is a professor in primate biology at Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool, UK). In 2014 he joined the University of Amsterdam as an honorary professor for the conservation of the great apes. His research focuses on primate behavioral ecology, tropical rainforest ecology and conservation of primates and their habitats. His research is strongly focused on orangutans on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, but he is also involved in studies on chimpanzees in Tanzania and spider monkeys in Mexico. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, almost 30 book chapters, and three books. Dr. Wich is also the co-vice chair of the IUCN Primate SSC Section on Great Apes and the Founding Director of the non-profit, ConservationDrones.org
Dr. Rich Bergl
Dr. Rich Bergl
Rich Bergl directs the Conservation, Education and Science Department at the North Carolina Zoo. He has been involved with wildlife conservation and research in Africa for twenty years. His current work focuses on how a range of technologies and sources of data can be used to make conservation efforts in Africa more effective. Dr. Bergl is a member of the Executive Committee of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and the Scientific Commission of the UN Environment/UNESCO Great Ape Survival Partnership, serves on the Field Conservation and Research and Technology Committees of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and is a Conservation Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is adjunct faculty in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University.