Alex and the Cognitive Evolution Group were featured in the Psychology Department faculty research spotlight. You can read about it here.
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.
Volunteer and donate to Cayo and Punta Santiago through Project Monkey Island, organized by the International Primatological Society: https://projectmonkeyisland.org/index.html
Donate to Better Research Better Life Foundation, which is coordinating logistics and supporting a new research lab for Cayo Santiago: http://brblf.org/Our-Initiatives
GoFundMe site for relief efforts for staff and community: https://www.gofundme.com/helpcayo
GoFundMe site for relief efforts for the monkeys and research station: https://www.gofundme.com/cayo-santiago-monkeys-maria-relief
Follow updates on the relief efforts: Friends of Cayo Santiago
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.