Opening: lab coordinator position

The Cognitive Evolution Group is accepting applications for a full-time research technician to coordinate and conduct research on cognition in primates and humans! Find details about the position and how to apply here.

Rosie awarded Leakey Foundation Grant!

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!

Two postdoctoral openings at UM and Tufts!


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 at Trentham Monkey Forest

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.

Averill’s first trip to the Congo

Averill and Alex have been visiting Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Republic of Congo this summer–Averill’s first trip to Congo to study chimpanzee health and cognition!

Paru starts her thesis on lemur cognition!

Paru, Gabrielle, and Francesca recently arrived at the Duke Lemur Center to study cognition across several species of lemurs. Here is Paru starting her first day of thesis research on cognitive flexibility!

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.”