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Primate Behavioral Ecology Lab

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: 1) the understanding of primate communication (production, use, and function of vocalizations and non-vocal sounds); 2) primate cognitive abilities; 3) primate ranging behavior, arboreality, and activity patterns; 4) primate nutrition, physiology (hormones and microbiome), and health (gut parasites;) and 4) interactions between diverse primate species and human activities (Brazil, Sri Lanka). The Lab welcomes students whose research aims at determining ecological and social flexibility of primates, especially in response to human disturbance, along with many other related topics. The lab is equipped with several stations for graduate students, three lab computers with diverse software for acoustic, geospatial, and statistical analyses, plus a printer, a scanner, and storage capacity to ensure comprehensive support for scientific research.

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