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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

2014 - Present

Doctoral Student
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI), Leipzig, Germany
Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Berlin, Germany

Title: “ ‘Mild’ diseases and social interactions in wild primates: acquiring baseline data about causes and effects of Plasmodium spp. infection in African great apes (Pan troglodytes and Gorilla gorilla)”

Supervisors:
Dr. Tobias Deschner (MPI)
Dr. Fabian Leendertz (RKI)

2011 - 2012

Master of Research: Primate Biology, Behaviour and Conservation
University of Roehampton, London, UK

Dissertation title: “Multi-Scale Variables Affecting Susceptibility to Parasites and Their Consequences in Female Olive Baboons (Papio anubis) at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria”

Supervisor:
Dr. Caroline Ross

2005 - 2009Bachelor of Science: Biology
Bachelor of Science (double degree): Psychology
Minor: Political Science
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

Research Experience

2012

Graduate Student
University of Roehampton, London, UK

Stress and Parasites: Analysis of fecal glucocorticoids and gastrointestinal parasite load in female wild habituated olive baboons (Papio anubis)

Supervisors:
Prof. Ann MacLarnon
Balbir Singh Josen

2012

Graduate Student
Kwano Field Station, Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria

Examined multi-scale variables affecting parasite susceptibility and their negative effects on health and reproductive success in wild habituated olive baboons (Papio anubis)

Supervisor:
Dr. Caroline Ross

2011

Field assistant
Iyema/Ndele Field Station, Réserve de Faune de Lomako-Yokokala, Democratic Republic of Congo

Assisted in collecting behavioral, fecal and urine data on semi-habituated bonobos (Pan paniscus) as well as phenological data within their home ranges

Supervisor:
Dr. Amy Cobden

2010 - 2011

Field Assistant
Lajuma Research Centre, Soutpansberg Mountain Range, South Africa

Collected phenological data within the home range of a troop of Samango monkeys (Cercopithecus albogularis). Assisted in local projects such as camera traps and rodent captures.

Supervisors:
Dr. Ben Coleman
Prof. Ian Gaigher

2009 - 2010

Student Researcher/Research Volunteer
Psychological Well-Being Program
Pathology & Tissue Program
Washington National Primate Research Center, Seattle, WA USA

Collected behavioral data on abnormal behaviors in laboratory non-human primates (Macaca mulatta, M. fascicularis, M. nemestrina, Simia sciureus). Assisted in euthanasia, necropsies and tissue collection.

Independent projects:

  • Different observer eyewear on reducing tension in laboratory non-human primates
  • Introduction of a novel enrichment tool to reduce alopecia

Supervisor:
Dr. Carolyn Crockett

2007 - 2008

Student Researcher
Infant Primate Research Laboratory
Washington National Primate Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA

Performed cognitive tests on infant and juvenile non-human primates to monitor normal locomotory and behavioral development.

2004 - 2005Naturalist
Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, WA, USA

Work Experience

2014

Pathology Coordinator
SNBL, USA; Everett, WA USA

Verify clinical and anatomic pathology data for pathology reports. Review and set up protocols for Pathology Department for study collection.

2013 - 2014

Pathology Associate
SNBL, USA; Everett, WA USA

Perform full necropsies, gross observations and tissue collection, as well as tissue processing, on multiple animal species at the discretion of vet staff, pathologists and directors. Coordinate with study directors and pathologists in preparing studies. Train new staff on certain lab procedures.

2006 - 2009

Columnist and Staff Writer
The Daily, University of Washington; Seattle, WA, USA

Wrote a variety of arts, news, beat, blogs and feature pieces related to current events and student life.

Repeat Columns: “Science”, “Professor’s Talk”, and “Religion.”

Scholarships and Awards

2017 Conference Travel Grant (Berlin, Germany) 
Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics
2011 Vice Chancellor Scholarship (London, UK)
University of Roehampton  
2009 Psychological Well-Being Appreciation Award (Seattle, WA)
Washington National Primate Research Center
2005 Washington State Honors Award  OSPI,
State of Washington
2005 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
2005 Dean’s List
Bellevue Community College

Languages

  • Native English speaker.
  • Working proficiency: French, Chinese (mandarin).

Websites

  • “Sociality and Health in Primates” sohapi.de