Rosie was recently awarded a grant from the Leakey Foundation to carry out her PhD research on the evolution of social intelligence in macaques. Stay turned for new data on social cognition and social behavior across the Barbary macaques of Trentham Monkey Forest the the rhesus macaques of Cayo Santiago. Congrats Rosie!
The Cognitive Evolution group is excited to announce an opening for a postdoctoral fellowship in chimpanzee cognition and behavior. This is part of an NSF-funded collaborative project on the evolution of leadership in chimpanzees, led by Dr. Alexandra Rosati at Michigan, Dr. Zarin Machanda at Tufts University, and Dr. Melissa Emery Thompson and Dr. Martin Muller at the University of New Mexico. A second postdoctoral position based with Dr. Machanda at Tufts working at the Kibale Chimpanzee Project is also open as part of this project. Both postdoctoral appointments will be for one year initially, with the possibility of renewal for up to two subsequent years dependent on performance. Please see here for more information about both positions and how to apply.
Rosie and Megan have wrapped up their summer studying Barbary macaque social cognition and behavior at Trentham Monkey Forest in the UK! Here they are testing a monkey on a looking tie task: Rosie shows the monkey some interesting objects, while Megan films the monkey’s looking response.
Former Cognitive Evolution Group honors thesis student Hayoung Chang (Harvard College Integrative Biology ’18) will attend the Royal Veterinary College in London in the fall. Congrats Hayoung!
At the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting in Cleveland, Alex co-organized a symposium on the evolution of primate aging with Melissa Emery Thompson, featuring work from many collaborators at the Kibale Chimpanzee Project–including a joint project with Zarin Machanda. Former lab coordinator Megan Cole (current UNM graduate student) also presented our work on cardiac health and aging in chimpanzees. Go team!
Rosie gave a Pat Gurin Lecture at the 2019 Graduate Recruitment Weekend; she talked about her work on “Flexible Gaze Following in Rhesus Monkeys.” Congrats Rosie!
Megan Cole, former Cognitive Evolution Group lab coordinator and current PhD student in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, won the best student poster prize at the Southwestern Association of Biological Anthropologists meeting for her poster “Biomarkers of cardiac health in sanctuary versus laboratory living chimpanzees.”
UM Psychology Diversity Recruitment Weekend is currently accepting applications from prospective PhD students. This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in psychology!
Rosie, Francesca, and Yale grad student Alyssa Arre are starting new research projects on primate cognition at Trentham Monkey Forest in the UK, home to 140 Barbary macaques! Stay tuned for cool research on how Barbary monkeys think and make decisions.