Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
phone: +49 341 3550 204
email: langergr[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign! <<<]eva.mpg.de
As a primate molecular ecologist, I use molecular genetic techniques to investigate numerous features of primate social systems that are not easily observed in the field. I firmly believe that the best work in molecular ecology comes from a close integration of laboratory and field research. I am unusual among most molecular ecologists in that I maintain both an active field and laboratory research program. I am well versed in the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of both of these modes of inquiry, which all too often seem to operate in their own different worlds.
In my Ph.D. and current research I have been studying the molecular ecology of chimpanzees, and I plan to continue with this research for the next several years. I conduct my research at two distinct but complementary levels of analysis. At the local scale, I combine field- and laboratory-based analyses to address questions about the behavioral ecology of chimpanzees, with a specific focus on the unusually large Ngogo community in Kibale National Park, Uganda. At the broader scale, I use samples collected from multiple chimpanzee communities to characterize patterns of chimpanzee genetic variation, and use these data to address the role of individual behavior in shaping patterns of genetic variation in humans and other taxa.
My research is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Boston University, the Leakey Foundation, and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.