Hayoung will attend the Royal Veterinary College

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!

Megan presents her thesis research!

Megan M. presented her thesis research (done in collaboration with her graduate mentor Rosie) on the cognitive mechansism supporting human cooperation at the UM Psychology Research Forum. Congrats Megan!

Megan Cole wins SWABA poster prize

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.”

First trip to Trentham Monkey Forest!

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.

Faculty Research Spotlight

Alex and the Cognitive Evolution Group were featured in the Psychology Department faculty research spotlight. You can read about it here.

Rebuilding Cayo Santiago

The Cayo Santiago Field Station, and the local community of Punta Santiago, were devastated when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. The staff–who also suffered many personal losses during the storm–are working tirelessly to get supplies like food and fresh water out to the 1500 rhesus monkeys living on the island.

Researchers working at the site are mobilizing to help raise funds, rebuild infrastructure, and assist staff and the local community whose homes were destroyed in the storm. Read more about our efforts here. You can help our efforts to save this important scientific resource and aid the people who live in Punta.

Veterinary health checks at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Alex, Megan, and Rosie recently returned from Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda, where our group partners with the sanctuary’s veterinarians during the annual veterinary health checks. This work is part of our research examining chimpanzee health, behavior, and aging together with the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, the Ngogo Chimpanzee Project, and the Kibale EcoHealth Project.

From left: Megan, a volunteer, Alex, Rosie, and veterinarians Dr. Joshua Rukundo and Dr. Titus Mukungu examine a chimpanzee during the sanctuary health checks.

First research trip to the Duke Lemur Center!

Rosie and Megan just returned from their first research trip to the Duke Lemur Center, where they spent several weeks looking at how different lemur species solve social problems.