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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


  • 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

Professional experience

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


Upcoming (Lecturer & Coordinator). Wildlife Species Monitoring. iDiv German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, Leipzig, Germany.
2015 (Co-lecturer) Pan African Programme Workshop. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
2013 (Guest Lecturer). Ongoing Chimpanzee Research in Senegal. International School of Dakar, Dakar, Senegal.
2010 (Guest Lecturer). Primate Social Systems. Introduction to Mammalogy. Drake University, Des Moines, IA.
2010 (Teaching Assistant). Anthropology 307: Biological Anthropology, Iowa State University.
2009-2010 (Teaching Assistant; 3 Semesters). Anthropology 201: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Iowa State University.
2009 (Teaching Assistant). Biology 312 Lab: Introduction to Ecology Lab, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.