Mekome, a female western lowland gorilla (Photo by Roberta Salmi)

The Laboratory of Primate Behavioral Ecology provides a workspace for graduate and advanced undergraduate students interested in research on primate behavior, ecology and conservation.  The Lab has currently a range of research projects, including the understanding of: the communication of wild and captive western gorillas (production, use and function of vocalizations and non-vocal sounds), the spatial cognitive abilities, proximity pattern and ranging behavior of wild western gorillas, and the interactions between diverse primate species and human activities (Brazil, Costa Rica). The Lab welcomes students who research aims at determining ecological and social flexibility of primates to human disturbance as well as many other related topics. The lab is equipped with several stations for graduate students, two dedicated GIS computers and diverse software for statistical analysis, a printer and a scanner. In the near future, a large data storage system will be purchased to allow storing of multiple databases.