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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

Name Pamela Heidi Douglas
Citizenship Canadian

Research Interests

Primate conservation, behavioural ecology, and reproductive endocrinology



Ph.D. Candidate in Primatology International Max Planck Research School, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Dissertation Title: Female Mating Strategies of Wild Bonobos (Pan paniscus) at Luikotale, DRC: Is there Evidence of Female Mate Choice?

Supervisors: Dr. Gottfried Hohmann and Dr. Tobias Deschner


M.Sc. with Distinction in Primate Conservation Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Thesis Title: Microhabitat variables influencing the abundance and distribution of diurnal primates (Trachypithecus vetulus vetulus and Macaca sinica aurifrons) in a fragmented rainforest network in Southern Sri Lanka

Advisor: Prof. Anna Nekaris

1999–2005 Honours B.Sc. with Distinction University of Toronto at Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Main Subjects: Anthropology, Biology, French

Field experience and training

2010–2013 Principal Investigator: Data collection on female bonobo sociosexual behaviour at Luikotale, Democratic Republic of Congo (19 months)
2011 Training in laboratory techniques of hormonal analyses and extraction procedures in the Endocrinology Lab of the MPI EVAN, Leipzig, Germany (Solid Phase Extraction and LCMS analysis)
2007 Volunteer Leader for Ontario Nature’s Volunteer for Nature Program Ontario, Canada
2006 Principal Investigator: Conducted field work for my M.Sc. thesis in Sri Lanka’s southwestern wet zone (Galle District)
2006 Leadership Role in the Bangamukande Environmental Observation Group (BEOG), Galle District, Sri Lanka
Taught environmental education, awareness, and English lessons
2005 Research Assistant for Dr. Kevin Wilson University of Toronto at Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
2004 Field course in Marine Biology, Barbados
2002 Field courses in Biology and Anthropology, Kenya & Uganda

Professional employment

2001–2010 Substitute Teacher, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board Clarington, Ontario, Canada
2007-2008 Camp Administrator, Luikotale Bonobo Project, Democratic Republic of Congo
In association with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Honours & Awards

2007 Alison Jolly Award (Oxford Brookes University)
Best overall performance in the M.Sc. in Primate Conservation course and contribution to primate conservation

Research Grant Awards

2013 Louis L.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant ($13,292 USD)
2006 People’s Trust for Endangered Species
Awarded for thesis research conducted in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with Dr. K.A.I. Nekaris (£5,000 GBP)

Professional & Public Service

Ad-hoc reviewer:


    • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
    • Contributions to Zoology
    • Endangered Species Research
    • Journal of Primatology
    • Vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology
      (University of Toronto online journal)

      Guest Lectures & Invited Talks:

      December 2016 Invited Speaker at the Institute of Biology, Faculty of Bioscience, Pharmacy and Psychology. University of Leipzig, Germany
      Topic: ADAGIO: a novel approach for dominance assessment in gregarious species
      June 2016 Guest Lecturer for Leipzig University’s Bridge Seminar – Master of Science Module: Behavioral Ecology in Primates
      Topic: Mixed messages: wild female bonobos show high variability in the timing of ovulation in relation to sexual swelling patterns
      April 2016 Invited Speaker at West Carrollton Middle School, Ohio, United States of America. 
      Topic: Living Among D.R. Congo’s Primates
      December 2002 Invited Speaker at the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Center.
      Leipzig, Germany
      Topic: Female mating strategies of bonobos (Pan paniscus) at Luikotale, DRC:  Is there evidence for female mate choice?
      January 2008 Invited Speaker at The Early Childhood Education Centre & Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman
      Topic: Primatology and Primate Conservation
      January 2008 Invited Speaker at Bowmanville High School, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
      Topic: Among the African Primates: A look at D.R. Congo’s human and nonhuman primates
      January 2007 Guest Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus, Ontario, Canada
      Topic: Primatology, Environmental Conservation & Research Methods



      © P. H. Douglas