(individual project pages coming soon)
You can learn more about my research online by accessing publications through the following websites, or read short synopses of my research below:
Vervet Phenome/Genome Project
This is the larger project with which I am conducting my postdoctoral research. As a part of this project, we have collected biological samples from thousands of vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus spp.) across Africa and the Caribbean. Subsequent research will involve genome-wide association studies linking genetic traits to disease expression (SIV, TB), morphology, behavior, and several other variables.
Atelin Juvenile Project
This is my dissertation project, investigating the evolution of the juvenile phase in atelin primates, as well as differences in behavioral development that might have evolved due to difference in social organization. My study taxa were lowland woolly monkeys (Lagothrix poeppigii) and white-bellied spider monkeys (Ateles belzebuth) in Amazonian Ecuador.
Red-faced Spider Monkey Project
In collaboration with Conservation International, I am working to reopen the Raleighvallen field site in the Central Suriname Nature Reserve of Suriname to study the behavior and ecology of the red-faced spider monkey (Ateles paniscus), which haven't been intensively studied since the 1980's. This work is intended to be part of a larger comparative study of spider monkey development linked to the Atelin Juvenile Project.
Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey Conservation Genetics
This project, in collaboration with Neotropical Primate Conservation, Fanny Cornejo of the Museo de Historia Natural de Lima, the NYU Molecular Primatology Lab, and Dr. Anthony Di Fiore of the University of Texas at Austin, is a preliminary study of the behavior and population genetics of the Critically Endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey, Lagothrix (Oreonax) flavicauda in Alto Mayo, Peru.