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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 299


Maureen McCarthy

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D - 04103 Leipzig, Germany

phone: +49 341 3550 235
e-mail: maureen_mc@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Current Research
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Current Research

I am working on a postdoc in the Pan African Programme, a large-scale research project examining the drivers of behavioral diversity in chimpanzee populations. My research focuses on examining variation in social and demographic factors across chimpanzee populations, exploring how ecological factors drive this variation, and in turn, studying how demographic variation affects behavioral diversity in chimpanzees. My primary method for examining these issues involves analyzing camera trap videos from over 40 field sites.

Curriculum Vitae

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  

Publications

Articles

McCarthy, M., Lester, J. D., Cibot, M., Vigilant, L., & McLennan, M. (2020). Atypically high reproductive skew in a small wild chimpanzee community in a human-dominated landscape. Folia Primatologica,91, 688-696.
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McCarthy, M., Despres-Einspenner, M.-L., Farine, D. R., Samuni, L., Angedakin, S., Arandjelovic, M., Boesch, C., Dieguez, P., Havercamp, K., Knight, A., Langergraber, K. E., Wittig, R. M., & Kühl, H. S. (2019). Camera traps provide a robust alternative to direct observations for constructing social networks of wild chimpanzees. Animal Behaviour,157, 227-238.
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Cibot, M., McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., Vigilant, L., Sabiiti, T., & McLennan, M. R. (2019). Infant carrying by a wild chimpanzee father at Bulindi, Uganda. Primates,60(4), 333-338.
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Kalan, A. K., Hohmann, G., Arandjelovic, M., Boesch, C., McCarthy, M., Agbor, A., Angedakin, S., Bailey, E., Wilungula Balongelwa, C., Bessone, M., Bocksberger, G., Coxe, S. J., Deschner, T., Despres-Einspenner, M.-L., Dieguez, P., Fruth, B., Herbinger, I., Granjon, A.-C., Head, J. S., Kablan, Y. A., Langergraber, K. E., Lotana Lokasola, A., Maretti, G., Marrocoli, S., Mbende, M., Moustgaard, J., N’Goran, P. K., Robbins, M. M., van Schijndel, J., Sommer, V., Surbeck, M., Tagg, N., Willie, J., Wittig, R. M., & Kühl, H. S. (2019). Novelty response of wild African apes to camera traps. Current Biology,29(7), 1211-1217.
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Kühl, H. S., Boesch, C., Kulik, L., Haas, F., Arandjelovic, M., Dieguez, P., Bocksberger, G., Agbor, A., Angedakin, S., Ayimisin, A. E., Bessone, M., Brazzola, G., Chancellor, R., Cohen, H., Coupland, C., Danquah, E., Deschner, T., Dowd, D., Goedmakers, A., Granjon, A.-C., Head, J. S., Hedwig, D., Hermans, V., Jones, S., Junker, J., Langergraber, K. E., Lapuente, J., Lee, K., Llana, M., Marrocoli, S., Martin, R., McCarthy, M., Meier, A., Morgan, D., Murai, M., Neil, E., Normand, E., Ormsby, L. J., Pacheco, L., Piel, A., Regnaut, S., Rundus, A., Sanz, C., Stewart, F., Tagg, N., Vergnes, V., Welsh, A., Wessling, E. G., Willie, J., Wittig, R. M., Yuh, Y. G., Yuh, Y. G., Yurkiw, K., & Kalan, A. K. (2019). Inclusive chimpanzee conservation—Response. Science,364(6445), 1040-1041.
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McCarthy, M., Despres-Einspenner, M.-L., Samuni, L., Mundry, R., Lemoine, S., Preis, A., Wittig, R. M., Boesch, C., & Kühl, H. S. (2018). An assessment of the efficacy of camera traps for studying demographic composition and variation in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). American Journal of Primatology,80(9): e22904.
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McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., Langergraber, K. E., Stanford, C. B., & Vigilant, L. (2018). Genetic analysis suggests dispersal among chimpanzees in a fragmented forest landscape in Uganda. American Journal of Primatology,80(9): e22902.
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Tagg, N., McCarthy, M., Dieguez, P., Bocksberger, G., Willie, J., Mundry, R., Stewart, F., Arandjelovic, M., Widness, J., Landsmann, A., Agbor, A., Angedakin, S., Ayimisin, A. E., Bessone, M., Brazzola, G., Corogenes, K., Heegde, M. t., Deschner, T., Dilambaka, E., Eno-Nku, M., Eshuis, H., Goedmakers, A., Granjon, A.-C., Head, J. S., Hermans, V., Jones, S., Kadam, P., Kambi, M., Langergraber, K., Lapeyre, V., Lapuente, J., Lee, K., Leinert, V., Maretti, G., Marrocoli, S., Meier, A., Nicholl, S., Normand, E., Ormsby, L. J., Piel, A., Robinson, O., Sommer, V., Tickle, A., Ton, E., van Schijndel, J., Vanleeuwe, H., Vergnes, V., Wessling, E. G., Wittig, R. M., Zuberbuehler, K., Kühl, H. S., & Boesch, C. (2018). Nocturnal activity in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): Evidence for flexible sleeping patterns and insights into human evolution. American Journal of Physical Anthropology,166(3), 510-529.
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McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., & Stanford, C. B. (2017). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) flexibly use introduced species for nesting and bark feeding in a human-dominated habitat. International Journal of Primatology,38(2), 321-337.
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McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., Howe, E. J., Arandjelovic, M., Stanford, C. B., & Vigilant, L. (2015). Genetic censusing identifies an unexpectedly sizeable population of an endangered large mammal in a fragmented forest landscape. BMC Ecology,21: 15.
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McCarthy, M. S., Jensvold, M. L. A., & Fouts, D. H. (2013). Use of gesture sequences in captive chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) play. Animal Cognition,16(3), 471-481.
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McCarthy, M. S., Matheson, M. D., Lester, J. D., Sheeran, L. K., Li, J.-H., & Wagner, R. S. (2009). Sequences of Tibetan Macaque (Macaca thibetana) and tourist behaviors at Mt. Huangshan, China. Primate Conservation,24, 145-151.
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Posters

McCarthy, M. S., & Standord, C. B. (2012).Nest choice by chimpanzees in a fragmented habitat, Uganda: Preliminary findings. Poster presented at 35th Meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Sacramento, CA.
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McCarthy, M. S., Finch, C. E., & Standord, C. B. (2011). Social dominance predicts long life expectancy in male chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Poster presented at 34th Meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Austin, TX.
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Meeting Abstracts

Lester, J. D., Vigilant, L., Gratton, P., McCarthy, M., Barratt, C. D., Boesch, C., Kühl, H. S., Dieguez, P., Aebischer, T., Agbor, A., Varona, P. Á., Angedakin, S., Assumang, A. K., Aubertf, F., Ayimisin, A. E., Bailey, E., Barubiyo, D., Bessone, M., Bonnet, M., Brazzola, G., Chancellor, R., Cipoletta, C., Cohen, H., Corogenes, K., Coupland, C., Curran, B., Danquah, E., Deschner, T., Dierks, K., Dilambaka, E., Dowd, D., Dunn, A., Dupain, J., Egbe, V. E., Goedmakers, A., Granjon, A.-C., Hedwig, D., Hermans, V., Imong, I., Jeffery, K. J., Jones, S., Junker, J., Kadam, P., Kaiser, M., Kalan, A. K., Kambere, M., Kambere, M., Kienast, I., Kujirakwinja, D., Langergraber, K. E., Lapeyre, V., Lapuente, J., Larson, B., Lee, K., Leinert, V., Llana, M., Manasseh, E.-N., Maretti, G., Marrocoli, S., Martín, R., Meier, A., Morgan, D., Mulindahabi, F., Murai, M., Neil, E., Nicholl, S., Nixon, S., Niyigaba, P., Normand, E., Orbell, C., Ormsby, L. J., Pacheco, L., Piel, A., Preece, J., Regnaut, S., Robbins, A. M., Sanz, C., Sciaky, L., Sommer, V., Stewart, F., Tagg, N., Telfer, P., Ton, E., van Schijndel, J., Vanleeuwe, H., Vergnes, V., Vyalengerera, M. K., Wessling, E. G., Willie, J., Wittig, R. M., Yuh, Y. G., Yurkiw, K., Zuberbühler, K., & Arandjelovic, M. (2020). Chimpanzee biogeography inferred from genetic diversity and effective migration. Folia Primatologica,91(3), 264-265.
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McCarthy, M., Despres-Einspenner, M.-L., Farine, D. R. F., Samuni, L., Angedakin, S., Arandjelovic, M., Boesch, C., Dieguez, P., Havercamp, K., Knight, A., Langegraber, K. E., & Kühl, H. S. (2020). Camera traps offer a robust means for social network analysis in wild chimpanzees. Folia Primatologica,91(3), 347.
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Pereira, J., Stephens, C. R., McCarthy, M., Dieguez, P., Kalan, A. K., Maldonado, N., Boesch, C., Kühl, H. S., & Arandjelovic, M. (2018). Chimp&See: An online citizen science platform for large-scale, remote video camera trap annotation of chimpanzee behaviour, demography and individual identification. Folia Primatologica,89, 208.
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McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., & Stanford, C. (2015). Survival in the Fragments: Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) exploit new, non-native cultivars for nesting and feeding in a human-dominated landscape, Western Uganda. Folia primatologica,86(4), 319-320.
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McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., Langergraber, K. E., Stanford, C. B., & Vigilant, L. (2015). Genetic censusing suggests an unexpectedly large population of chimpanzees in a fragmented forest corridor of western Uganda. In Society for Conservation Biology (Ed.), 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology & 4th European Congress for Conservation Biology: Book of abstracts (pp. 440-441).
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McCarthy, M. S., Finch, C. E., & Stanford, C. B. (2013). Alpha male status predicts long life expectancy in wild chimpanzees. American Journal of Physical Anthropology,150(S56), 193-193.
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Working Papers

Carvalho, J. S., Graham, B., Bocksberger, G., Maisels, F., Williamson, E. A., Wich, S., Sop, T., Amarasekaran, B., Bergl, R. A., Boesch, C., Boesch, H., Brncic, T. M., Buys, B., Chancellor, R., Danquah, E., Doumbé, O. A., Galat-Luong, A., Ganas, J., Gatti, S., Ghiurghi, A., Goedmakers, A., Granier, N., Hakizimana, D., Haurez, B., Head, J. S., Herbinger, I., Hillers, A., Jones, S., Manasseh, E.-N., McCarthy, M., Morgan, B. J., Nixon, S., Nkembi, L., Normand, E., Olson, S. H., Payne, L., Petre, C.-A., Piel, A. K., Pintea, L., Plumptre, A. J., Rundus, A., Serckx, A., Stewart, F. A., Sunderland-Groves, J., Tagg, N., Todd, A., Vosper, A., Wenceslau, J. F. C., Wessling, E. G., Willie, J., & Kühl, H. S. (2020). Predicting range shifts of African apes under global change scenarios. bioRxiv.
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Barratt, C. D., Lester, J. D., Gratton, P., Onstein, R. E., Kalan, A. K., McCarthy, M., Bocksberger, G., White, L. C., Vigilant, L., Dieguez, P., Abdulai, B., Aebischer, T., Agbor, A., Assumang, A. K., Bailey, E., Bessone, M., Buys, B., Carvalho, J. S., Chancellor, R., Cohen, H., Danquah, E., Deschner, T., Dongmo, Z. N., Doumbé, O. A., Dupain, J., Duvall, C. S., Eno-Nku, M., Etoga, G., Galat-Luong, A., Garriga, R., Gatti, S., Ghiurghi, A., Goedmakers, A., Granjon, A.-C., Hakizimana, D., Haydar, N., Head, J. S., Hedwig, D., Herbinger, I., Hermans, V., Jones, S., Junker, J., Kadam, P., Kambi, M., Kienast, I., Kouakou, C. Y., N’Goran, K. P., Langergraber, K. E., Lapuente, J., Laudisoit, A., Lee, K., Maisels, F., Moore, D., Morgan, B., Morgan, D., Neil, E., Nicholl, S., Nkembi, L., Ntongho, A., Orbell, C., Ormsby, L. J., Pacheco, L., Piel, A. K., Pintea, L., Plumptre, A. J., Rundus, A., Sanz, C., Sommer, V., Sop, T., Stewart, F. A., Sunderland-Groves, J., Tagg, N., Todd, A., Ton, E., van Schijndel, J., VanLeeuwe, H., Vendras, E., Welsh, A., Wenceslau, J. F. C., Wessling, E. G., Willie, J., Wittig, R. M., Yoshihiro, N., Yuh, Y. G., Yurkiw, K., Boesch, C., Arandjelovic, M., & Kühl, H. S. (2020). Late Quaternary habitat suitability models for chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) since the Last Interglacial (120,000 BP). bioRxiv.
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McCarthy, M. S., Leeds, C. A., Bismanovsky, D., Denton, T., Jensvold, M. L., & Fouts, D. H. (2009). Social structure in three captive chimpanzees (Paper presented at Northwest Anthropological Conference, Newport, OR).
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McCarthy, M. S., Jensvold, M. L., Fouts, D. H., & Fouts, R. S. (2007). Chimpanzee use of gesture sequences during play (Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Meetings, Denver, CO., April, 12-14, 2007).
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McCarthy, M. S., Jensvold, M. L., Fouts, D. H., & Fouts, R. S. (2006). Space use in captive chimpanzees (Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Meetings, Park City, UT., April 21, 2006).
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Talks

McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., Langergraber, K. E., Stanford, C. B., & Vigilant, L. (2016).Genetic evidence for typical female-biased dispersal in chimpanzees in a human-dominated habitat, western Uganda. Talk presented at Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists. Chicago, IL. 2016-08-21 - 2016-08-27.
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McCarthy, M. S., Lester, J. D., Arandjelovic, M., Stanford, C., & Vigilant, L. (2015).Genetic censusing suggests unexpectedly sizable numbers of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) living in forest fragments in western Uganda. Talk presented at 14th Conference of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie. Leipzig, Germany. 2015-02-11 - 2015-02-13.
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McCarthy, M. S., Matheson, M. D., Lester, J. D., Sheeran, L. K., Li, J. H., & Wagner, R. S. (2007).Sequences of Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana) behaviors and tourist behaviors at Mt. Huangshan, China. Talk presented at 30th ASP Meeting. Winston-Salem, NC. 2007-06-19 - 2007-06-23.
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