Ying Zhong
Ying ZhongGraduate Student
As a Masters student in the Nicholas School of the Environment’s at Duke University, Ying was working with me on a project to predict the distribution of important chimpanzee food species at Gombe National Park, Tanzania, using state-of-the-art species distribution models in combination with spatial information on feeding behavior recorded from focal observations. With her help, we created a detailed chimpanzee feeding habitat quality surface for chimpanzees at Gombe, which offers new and exciting opportunities to answer questions about the adaptive value of chimpanzee behavior and ecology.
Chandra Swanson
Chandra SwansonUndergraduate Student
Chandra was a senior undergraduate student at Duke University, majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health. She conducted senior thesis research quantifying female reproductive health among chacma baboons from the Tokai Baboon Sociality Project, using both hormonal and observational indicators of reproductive function. She tested multiple hypotheses about the determinants of individual variation in reproductive health measures, assessed whether fecal hormone metabolites can be used to detect early fetal loss, and collaborated with another project to assess the relationship between parasite infection levels and reproductive health.
Nadya Ali
Nadya AliUndergraduate Student
Nadya worked in my lab at Barnard College, Columbia University, in 2012/2013. She studied how guenon grooming networks changed with reproductive state and seasonal variation in food availability and competition. Among the findings was evidence for decreased clustering of social interactions during periods of high competition over food, indicating that networks between close social partners disintegrated to some extent during those times.
Ilana Zucker-Scharff
Ilana Zucker-ScharffUndergraduate Student