Rosemary Blersch

I completed my PhD in animal behaviour and evolution at the University of Lethbridge. There, my research focused on primate-parasite interactions in a semi-arid environment with a particular focus on how environmental stress may limit behavioural flexibility in response to infection. I recently joinedthe McCowan lab as a postdoctoral scholar with a particular interest in the links between primate sociality and health. More specifically, I aim to understand the bi-directional nature of these relationships: how complex social relationships may predict health outcomes and, in turn, how current health status may predict future social interactions. My interests lie in both how these interactions play out in a more controlled, captive environment, as well as how, in wild populations, competing stressors may limit the ability of primates to modulate their behaviour in response to underlying physiological processes.