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Bright Club at the Stand, Edinburgh
I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of York, UK (view profile here), working for Katie Slocombe on an ERC funded project comparing Joint Attention skills across humans, chimpanzees, and Sulawesi crested macaques.

 I completed my PhD at the University of St Andrews (view profile here) where my research topic is gestural communication of wild bonobos. Bonobos are closely related to chimpanzees, separated by ~0.8 million years of divergent evolution. Their social behaviour is somewhat different from that of chimpanzees, and I'm interested in how those behavioural differences translate into communicative differences. The Sulawesi crested macaques seem to share some similarities to the bonobo social structure, with multi-male multi-female groups, and a roughly egalitarian female hierarchy. I'm looking forward to learning more about them.

During my PhD, I conducted 2 x 6-month study seasons at Wamba fieldsite in DRCongo. My second field season was funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation. I also conducted a short study at  Kalinzu, Uganda, to do some comparative work with chimpanzees. In Sulawesi, Indonesia, I will be conducting fieldwork at Tangkoko.

Before beginning my PhD, I worked as a field assistant at Wamba for the Max Planck Institute. Before that, I studied at Quest University Canada, graduating in 2012 and receiving a distinction for my Keystone project (thesis) on my research at CaƱo Palma Biological Station in Costa Rica.


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