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.
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: Project Monkey Island
- Donation site for relief efforts for staff and community:GoFundMe Punta Santiago Community
- Donation site for relief efforts for the monkeys and research station: GoFundMe Cayo Monkeys
- 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.