James Askew is a Ph.D. Candidate in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Southern California: Jane Goodall Research Center. His advisors are Drs. Craig Stanford and Roberto Delgado. His research is focused on orangutan behavior, specifically the “long call" and its role in social and reproductive relationships. Currently he is running a 2-year comparative study of three different populations at sites in Borneo and Sumatra.
James discovered an interest in apes after visiting the mountain gorillas of Rwanda while backpacking in Africa. As a result, for his MSc he studied orangutan vocal communication for his thesis and fell in love with Indonesia.
When not in the field, James lives in Hollywood. He enjoys reading, filmmaking and playing/watching soccer (especially the mighty Arsenal).
His research wouldn't be possible without funding from USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Research Enhancement Fellowship, the Foster Endowment, IdeaWild and Sigma Xi.
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