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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

Education

2016University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA Ph.D., Integrative and Evolutionary Biology Dissertation Title: A Genetic Investigation of Chimpanzee Distribution and Dispersal in the Fragmented Budongo-Bugoma Corridor Landscape, Uganda
2007Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA M.S., Experimental Psychology, Specialization: Primate Behavior Thesis Title: Use of Gesture Sequences in Captive Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Play
2002

Boston University, Boston, MA B.A., Psychology, Summa Cum Laude with

Relevant Professional Experience

2013–2015

Guest Researcher
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthroplogy, Leipzig, Germany
Conducted PhD research in the Molecular Genetics Laboratory under the advisement of Dr. Linda Vigilant and completed PhD thesis research analyses.

2010, 2011, 2012–2013 Research Team Leader
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Led a PhD research team during data collection in Uganda. Trained field assistants and coordinated data collection.
2005, 2006, 2008
Apprentice Research Team Leader                                           Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Ellensburg, WA Developed and led research from inception through completion. Created syllabi for team learning objectives. Trained apprentices on research, chimpanzee husbandry, and safety. Supervised research teams on data collection and analysis. Led weekly research meetings.
2007

Field Research Assistant
Oxford University, Kasokwa Forest Reserve, Masindi District, Uganda Assisted in a study of the effects of human disturbance on chimpanzees. Collected behavioral data and biological samples on a chimpanzee community. Assisted in surveys of tree and amphibian species.

2006–2007 Animal Technician
Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Ellensburg, WA Operated hydraulic door system to invite chimpanzees between enclosures. Supervised students on husbandry and care. Supervised daily building maintenance and safety. Made daily decisions concerning the chimpanzees’ diet and enrichment.
2006–2007 Educational Liaison
Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Ellensburg, WA Supervised docent volunteers. Educated visitors on chimpanzees.
2006 Graduate Student Researcher
Central Washington University, Biodiversity and Conservation Field School, Huangshan, China Led a study on behavioral sequences between Tibetan macaques and humans at an ecotourist site. Assisted in surveys of amphibian species.
2004–2006 Graduate Assistant
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA Led research projects. Assisted with instruction on chimpanzee care internship. Trained Earthwatch Institute volunteers on chimpanzee husbandry.

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Lecturer
2009Introductory Psychology, Yakima Valley Community College
2008–2009

Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Laboratory Research in Primatology, and Current Issues in Primatology, Central Washington University

Teaching Assistant
2009–2012

Origins of Humanity, University of Southern California

2004, 2005

Intro to Primate Laboratory Procedures, Central Washington

2002Psychology of Perception, Boston University  
Lecturer
2002, 2004–2009Chimposium/Advanced Chimposium education programs, Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Ellensburg, WA
Guest Course Lecturer
2016Great Ape Conservation lecture, The Leipzig School of Human Origins, Leipzig, Germany
2015
PanAfrican Programme and Great Ape Conservation lectures, The Leipzig School of Human Origins, Leipzig, Germany
2014
Great Ape Conservation lecture, The Leipzig School of Human Origins, Leipzig, Germany
2014
Bridge Seminar, Behavioral Ecology in Primates, University of Leipzig
2014
Primatology Department Seminar, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2012
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience course, University of Southern California
2008
Pongid Behavior course, Central Washington University
2004
Introductory Psychology course, Central Washington University
2003Primate Behavioral Adaptations course, Boston University
Invited Speaker
2015Human Evolution Lunch Lectures Series, Aarhus University, Denmark
2014 The Chimpanzee-Human Interface, Symposium at the Max Planck                                                                       Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2011 Primate Awareness Week, Central Washington University
2010 The Real Life of a Chimpanzee. TEDxTrousdale, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Grants and Fellowships

2015

Ralph and Jean Hovel Fellowship, University of Southern California

2013–2014 Research Enhancement Fellowship, University of Southern California
2013–2014 DAAD Research Grant
2013

James F. Nacey Fellowship, Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation

2012 American Society of Primatologists Conservation Small Grant
2012 Primate Conservation, Inc. Grant
2009–2014 Dornsife Doctoral Fellowship, University of Southern California
2006

Graduate Student Summer Research Grant, Central Washington University
Office of Graduate Studies and Research

2006, 2007 Student Travel Grants, Central Washington University Office of Graduate Studies and Research
2004–2006Graduate Assistantship, Central Washington University

Volunteer Experience

2014– Present

Project Advisor
Bulindi Chimpanzee and Community Project, Bulindi, Uganda

2014 Symposium Co-Organizer and Moderator
The Chimpanzee-Human Interface, Symposium at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany  
2010 Volunteer Educator
Jane Goodall Institute, Roots and Shoots Passport to Peace, World Peace Day, Santa Monica, CA
2003–2004

Project Volunteer
Great Ape World Heritage Species Project, Cambridge, MA

2002 Summer Apprentice
Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Ellensburg, WA