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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


1999- 2006PhD, Biological Psychology. University of Wisconsin-Madison
1993- 1997BA, Neuroscience. Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Fall 1996Tanzania Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Study Abroad Program. School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont

Professional appointments

2011 - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute For Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
Conducting captive and field studies of bonobo behavioral endocrinology in collaboration with Drs. Gottfried Hohmann and Tobias Deschner.
2009 - 2011 Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Binghamton University.
Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in: Current Topics in Evolutionary Theory, Evolution and Human Affairs, Hormones and Social behavior and Animal Behavior.
008 - 2009Adjunct Faculty, Biology Department, Bard College
Taught an undergraduate course and lab in Introduction to Animal Behavior

Previous research experience

2006- 2009 Postdoctoral Research, Biology Department, University of Pennsylvania.
Topic: Mechanisms and function of social bonds in chacma baboons (Papio hamadryas ursinus).
Advisors: Drs. Dorothy Cheney & Robert Seyfarth
2001 - 2006 Dissertation Research, Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Thesis title: Behavioral ecology of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) on Rubondo Island: Habitat, diet, grouping and ranging at a release site.
Advisors: Dr. Charles T. Snowdon and Dr. Michael A. Huffman
1999 - 2001 Graduate Research, Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Topic: Influence of social dynamics on social learning in cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus).
Advisor: Dr. Charles Snowdon
1997 - 1999 Senior Lab Technician, Neurology Department, University of Minnesota.
Topic: Memory deficits in a transgenic mouse model of Alzheimers Disease.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Karen Hsiao
Fall 1996 Senior Research Project, Oberlin College and School for International Training, Brattleboro VT.
Topic: Responses of olive baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) and Sykes monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis) to tourist presence at Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania.
Advisor: Dr. Catherine McCormick

Grants and Awards

2011 VolkswagenStiftung Evolutionary Biology Postdoctorate Fellowship
Funding to support the project “Social bonds without genetic ties: a behavioral endocrine model in bonobos (Pan paniscus).”
Award: EUR 122,000
2011 Wenner-Gren Foundation Research Grant
Grant to support field research on bonobo behavioral endocrinology
Award: USD 20,000
2010 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant
Grant to support field research on bonobo behavioral endocrinology.
Award: USD 21,760
2010 Evolutionary Studies Program Research Grant
Grant to support research on the behavioral endocrinology of female social bonds in rodents and primates
Award: USD 3,500
2010 Binghamton University Individual Development Award
Award in support of collaborative research with Dr. Nicole Cameron, Psychology Dept, Binghamton University, to develop a hormone assay lab
Award: USD 2,000
2003 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant
Grant to support dissertation fieldwork on Rubondo Island, Tanzania
Award: USD 12,000
2002 Ruth Dickie Research Scholarship for Graduate Women in Science.
Grant to support dissertation fieldwork on Rubondo Island, Tanzania
2001 Young Researchers Travel Scholarship, Support for African/Asian Great Apes (SAGA) & Hayashibara Museum.
Travel award to speak at 4th International SAGA Symposium in Okayama, Japan
2001 Graduate Research Grant, Animal Behaviour Society
Grant to support a pilot study on Rubondo Island, Tanzania
2000 APAGS Forest Honaker Scholarship for Masters Research, American Psychological Association.
Award in recognition of research on social learning in cotton-top tamarins

Student advising

2010-2011 Advisor on Senior Honors Thesis of Rachel Perlman, Biology Department, Binghamton University. Thesis Title: “Behavioral and hormonal responses of chacma baboons to a seasonal flood plain environment”    
2006-2007 Co-advisor on Masters Thesis of Marlies Heesen, Oxford Brookes University, Great Britain. Thesis title: “Feeding competition among chacma baboons in the Okavango Delta, Botswana”

Professional affiliations

  • American Society of Primatologists
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology