University of Georgia
Graduate Student Researcher
Currently chasing my PhD, with dreams of becoming an influential behavioral biologist. I work in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia, under Dr. Dorothy Fragaszy and in collaboration with the EthoCebus Project (http://ethocebus.net/) and Zoo Atlanta.
Although my background is in biology, I am interested in animal behavior - more specifically, tool use and sociality in non-human primates. My research examines behavioral and personality characteristics of a group of tool-using capuchin monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus) in northeastern Brazil. My dissertation work currently addresses the socioecology of Western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta.
My passion for primatology, and my multitasking abilities manifest themselves in the many side projects I take on. In addition to my dissertation work, I am involved in several "side projects", looking into stable isotope analysis as a means to study capuchin diet, as well as investigating manual function in primates (how they use their hands). I'm also interested in wildlife and science education, particularly in zoological settings.