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Bright Club at the Stand, Edinburgh
I just completed my PhD at the University of St Andrews (view profile here) and will soon be starting a postdoc at the University of York. My research topic is gestural communication of wild bonobos, but at York I will be starting to work with Sulawesi crested macaques - EXCITING!!

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'll 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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