Students

Below are listed my current and former students and their research projects.  At present, I am seeking PhD students to participate in the following projects:

(1) A detailed study of female sociality and bonding patterns in hamadryas baboons at Filoha, with the goal of elucidating the adaptive value of sociality. This project would incorporate behavioral, genetic, and hormonal data and would link to a comparative study of hamadryas and geladas conducted in collaboration with Dr. Jacinta Beehner at the University of Michigan and Dr. Linda Vigilant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

(2) A study focusing on nutritional ecology of hamadryas baboons at Filoha, with the goal of elucidating the similarities and differences in diet selection between hamadryas and other baboons and adaptation of hamadryas baboons to their semi-desert habitat. This project would be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Jessica Rothman at Hunter-College-CUNY.

I am also seeking volunteer field assistants to participate in our ongoing research at Filoha.  Please see our ad on Primate Info Net and contact me if you are interested.

 

PhD Students:

Current:

 

Sociality, Stress, and Reproduction in Chacma Baboons in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Shahrina Chowdhury (Ph.D. candidate, City University of New York)

 

Nutritional Ecology of Olive Baboons in Kibale National Park, Uganda

Caley Johnson (Ph.D. candidate, City University of New York)

(co-supervised with Jessica Rothman, Hunter College-CUNY)

 

Behavioral and Physiological Responses to Takeovers in Hamadryas Baboons

Alexis Amann (Ph.D. candidate, City University of New York)

 

 

Completed:

 

Resource Distribution, Social Structure, and Travel Patterns in Hamadryas Baboons at Filoha, Ethiopia

Amy Schreier (Ph.D. City University of New York, 2009)

 

The Interface of Socioecology and Management of Chacma Baboons in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Angela van Doorn (Ph.D. University of Cape Town, 2009)

(co-supervised with Justin O'Riain, University of Cape Town)

 

Masters Students:

Current:

 

Behavioral Ecology of Bale Monkeys in the Harenna Forest of the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

Kumara Wakjira (M.Sc. candidate, Moi University, Kenya)

 

 

Completed:

 

Variation in the Social Behavior of Hamadryas Baboon Leader Males

Poonam Melwani (M.A., Hunter College ABC Program, City University of New York, 2013)

 
 

Honors Degree Students:

 

Behavioral Indicators of Stress in Female Chacma Baboons of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Jacqui Stephenson (B.Sc. honours University of Cape Town, 2007)