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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2010 – Present 

International Max Planck Research School, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Advisors – Dr. Tobias Deschner and Dr. Susan Perry

Ph.D. Candidate in Primatology 

Dissertation entitled: Stress and social support in female White-Faced capuchin monkeys at Lomas Barbudal, Costa Rica.  

2005 – 2008   

Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA                   

Advisor - Dr. Frans B.M. de Waal 

Master of Arts in Psychology, Neuroscience and Animal Behavior program, December 2007

Thesis entitled: Effects of caller identity on capuchin monkeys’ (Cebus apella) preference for vocalizations

2000 – 2004 

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA   

Advisor- Dr. David Rakison

Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology and Psychology, minor Anthropology, May 2004

Honors Thesis entitled: Innate predator recognition in humans

Research Grants, Fellowships and Scholarships

2010 – PresentDeutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst Graduate Scholarship 
2010Hartley Corporation/SDE Fellowship via Graduate Women in Science 
2009 – 2010L.S.B. Leakey Foundation General Grant 
2004 – 2008National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 
2005 – 2008George W. Woodruff Fellowship 
2006Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion Fellow 
2003Emory University SURE Fellowship 
2003Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Research Grant 
2000 – 2004The William Robinson Scholarship Grant 
2000 – 2004F&D Companies Scholarship

 

Presentations

Gault, C.M., Perry, S.E., Whitten, P.L. (2011) Stress and social support in female White-Faced capuchin of Lomas Barbudal. 4th Congress of the European Federation for Primatology, Almada, Portugal 

Gault, C.M., Rakison, D.H. (2004) Innate Predator Response in Humans. Meeting of the Minds - Undergraduate Research Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA

Gault, C.M., Bonnie, K., de Waal, F.B.M. (2003) The Potential of the Matching Concept in Cebus paella. SURE Poster Session at Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Guest Lectures & Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer – Pijije Elementary School, Costa Rica, 2009

Co-organizer/Teacher - Ecoteam/Roots & Shoots Environmental Education Program

Mary Lin Elementary School Chapter, Atlanta, USA, 2006 – 2009

Guest Lecturer - Primate Social Psychology Course, Emory University, 2007- 2009

Co-teacher - Research Methods in Psychology Course, Emory University, Atlanta, USA, 2007

Teaching Assistant - Statistical Methods Course, Emory University, Atlanta, USA, 2007

Teaching Assistant - Introductory Psychology Course, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, 2004

Research/Employment Experience

2011 Training in laboratory techniques for Enzymeimmunoassay of cortisol, Endocrinology Laboratory of the Max Planck for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2010-2011Principle Investigator for dissertation Laboratory research: Radioimmunoassays for corticosterone, Laboratory of Reproductive Ecology & Environmental Toxicology, Atlanta, USA
2008-2010Principle Investigator for dissertation field research: Behavioral data and fecal sample collection for study of social support and stress in female White-Faced capuchin monkeys, Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve, Costa Rica
2007-2009Pilot study for gut-transit time of fecal glucocorticoids following as acute stressor, Living Links Center and Laboratory of Reproductive Ecology & Environmental Toxicology, Atlanta, USA
2006 Training in laboratory techniques for radioimmunoassays for corticosterone, Laboratory of Reproductive Ecology & Environmental Toxicology, Atlanta, USA
2005-2007Principle Investigator for master’s thesis research: Experiments in social cognition with Brown-Tufted capuchins, Living Links Center, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
2004 -2005Field Assistant for the Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project (12 months), Costa Rica
2003 Summer Intern: performed pilot work for a cognitive study with Brown-Tufted capuchins, Living Links Center, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
2002-2004 Honors Thesis research on human infant perception of representations of animal subjects of common phobias, Infant Cognition Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
2002Summer Intern with the Student Conservation Association: Censused the native flora & fauna and worked to eradicate exotic invasive plant species, Rock Creek National Park, USA
2001-2002 Research Assistant: trained Rhesus monkeys on a matching task for a dissertation student’s study on visual processing, Center for the Neural Basis of Behavior, Pittsburgh, USA
1999 – 2001Veterinary Assistant: Handled animals, assisted with surgery, ran fecal and blood tests, South Carroll Veterinary Hospital, Eldersburg, MD, USA