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Curriculum Vitae


  • International Max Planck Research School, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
    PhD in Primatology/Evolutionary Anthropology, expected completion 2016
    Title of Thesis: Determinants of the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) range limit and seasonal constraints in a West African savanna-woodland
    Advisors: Dr. Hjalmar Kühl
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa:
    Masters of Arts in Anthropology: Biological Anthropology, August 2009- 2011
    Title of Thesis: Rank-dependent effects on travel and ranging patterns of savanna-dwelling chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal.
    Advisor: Dr. Jill Pruetz
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Multidisciplinary Graduate Program, August 2010-August 2011
  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa:
    Bachelor of Science: Animal Ecology, Wildlife Option, August 2005- May 2009
    Minor: Anthropology
    Magna cum laude, Honors
    Advisor: Dr. W. Sue Fairbanks



2012-Present PhD Research, Kedougou and Bakel Regions, Sénégal
2010 Student Researcher, Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project, Sénégal
2009 Research Assistant, Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project, Sénégal
2007-2009 Research Assistant, Great Ape Trust of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa
2007-2009 Research Assistant, Dr. Jill Pruetz, Iowa State University
2007 Primate Behavior and Conservation course, Danta: Association for Conservation of the Tropics, El Zota Biological Field Station, Costa Rica
2006 Intern, Minnesota Zoological Gardens, Apple Valley, Minnesota