Social Networks Laboratory Supervisor
Amy performs behavioral observations by monitoring, recording, and analyzing social interactions between nonhuman primates in large group enclosures for the social network analysis projects at the CNPRC. She conducts research on social aggression, affiliation, and stability of breeding corrals.
Social Neworks & Enrichment Team
Sasha performs behavioral observations by monitoring, recording, and analyzing social interactions between nonhuman primates in large group enclosures for the social networks projects at the CNPRC. She conducts research on the impacts of social aggression, affiliation, and group stability on behavioral and health outcomes of breeding corral residents. Sasha is particularly interested in animal communication and sociocognitive behaviors.
Lauren has a BS in Agriculture from Ohio State University. She previously worked at NIH examining behavioral development across the lifespan and consequences on chronic hormone production in rhesus macaques, as well as how management decisions and demographic changes can influence the stability of social groups. Lauren conducts behavioral observations on rhesus macaques in the breeding corrals at CNPRC. She specifically monitors how enrichment and management influence deleterious aggression and social networks in rhesus macaques, with the aim to develop management strategies to maximize primate well-being.
Nicole has a BS in Animal Biology from UC Davis. She conducts observations of group-housed rhesus macaques at the CNPRC to gather data on social networks. She has previously conducted research on alopecia and mating behavior at the CNPRC, and has a particular interest in using social data to improve the welfare of captive nonhuman primates.
Devin Lindsley collects behavioral data on the social interactions of captive rhesus macaques at the CNPRC. She has a BA in Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of California, Davis and has previously collected behavioral data from wild new world monkeys in Central America, and biological samples and behavioral data from captive Callicebus cupreus.
Ryan conducts behavioral observations on captive rhesus macaques at the CNPRC, specifically focusing on infant and juvenile development as they relate to social networks. He has a B.S in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Evolution and Ecology from the University of California, Davis.
Emily observes and records the social behaviors of rhesus macaques within a large group enclosure at the CNPRC. She conducts research on social behaviors and interactions between mothers and infants. Emily received her BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution from Cornell University. She received her MS in Primate Behavior from Central Washington University. Emily previously conducted behavioral research in Peninsular Malaysia studying wild pigtail macaque mother-infant interactions. (In the picture, I’m showing off a millipede).
CNHS Shimla India Team
Shubhangi Srivastava, Kawaljit Kaur, Stefano Kaburu, Bidisha Chakraborty, Benjamin Snow Sipes, Taniya Gill
Shubhangi is currently pursuing her M.Phil from the Department of Anthropology of the University of Delhi. She has extensive field experience, by conducting anthropological field work in Western India. She has joined our CNHS Shimla team in order to conduct interviews on people to have a more deeply understanding of people’s experience with the macaques. Her knowledge of field methods of data collection is handy for the interviews she has to conduct on people interacting with the monkeys. She became part of the team to gain knowledge and experience in human-primate interaction and behavior before pursuing a PhD in Primatology.
Kawaljit has recently completed her MSc in Anthropology at Panjab University. She has extensive research experience in paleoanthropology, by taking part in excavations throughout Central India. More recently, she expressed interest in primate behavior, and joined our CNHS project in Shimla in order to increase her knowledge and experience on primate behavior before pursuing a PhD in primatology.
Benjamin Snow Sipes
Benjamin has recently completed his B.S. in Animal Biology at University of California in Davis, after spending two years in Karen Bales’s lab studying the hormonal bases of social relationships in titi monkeys. He joined the CNHS team in Shimla to combine both his interest in animal social interactions and his desire to get field work experience.
Bidisha has completed her Masters in Zoology at West Bengal State University in Kolkata (India). During her stint as a research intern in several Indian universities including the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and Indian Statistical Institute (Kolkata), she has worked on a variety of animal species, spanning from ants (eg. aggressive behaviour in Myrmicaria brunnea and Oecophylla smaragdina,etc.) to nonhuman primates. In particular she investigated time-activity budget of wild Western hoolock gibbons (Hoolock hoolock) in Hoolangapar Gibbon Sanctuary in Assam, and the behaviour of Hanuman langur (Semnopithecus entellus ) and its interactions with humans in places of worship in urban areas. She has joined our project in Shimla in order to gain additional field experience to prepare herself better for a PhD in Primatology.
Taniya is currently studying for an MPhil at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Delhi. She has been interested in primate social behaviours since her undergraduate years, as a way to better understand the evolution of human sociality. She has taken part in a variety of projects on both captive and wild monkey populations in India, and she decided to join our CNHS project in Shimla to increase her field experience and improve her knowledge on the technique and methodologies to study primates in the wild.
CNHS Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Team
Pictured from left to right: Eduarco Saczek, Silvia La Gala, Camille Luccisano, Atiqah Tahir
Eduardo is currently enrolled in a Psychology B.A. program at Florida International University. In the past, he has studied social spacing and motor planning among captive spider monkeys, and he joined the CNHS project first in Shimla and now Kuala Lumpur in order to gain field work experience before embarking into a Doctorate Program.
Silvia La Gala
After getting her degree in Natural Science, Silvia obtained her master’s degree in Ethology and Evolution and did her master’s thesis on the rank dynamics of ibex in Italy. She obtained further experience working with ungulates in Switzerland, studying habitat use, and in Scotland, conducting behavioral research during the mating season. Being interested in hierarchy dynamics, she decided to gain field experience with primates and in particular with this research project to gain more insight on the influence of humans on the social structure of long-tailed macaques.
Camille has a Zoology degree and a master’s degree in Animal Behavior from the UK. During her studies, she carried out playback experiments to study the behavioral response of doves in Tanzania. Passionate about conservation and wildlife rehabilitation, she has experience working in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers in Europe and most notably in Australia, where she cared for injured sea turtles. She was also a research assistant in a study conducted in collaboration by the WWF and Cairns University during the nesting season of flatback turtles. While travelling in South East Asia, she encountered semi-wild populations of long-tailed macaques and witnessed their interactions with humans. This further drove her desire to study primates and join this research study.
Nur Atiqah Tahir
Atiqah is currently pursuing her MSc in Primatology (Silvered Leaf Monkey) at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She also has 3 years professional working experience at the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), working as a Wildlife Conservation Officer and has been involved in many environmental projects especially for wildlife related projects (mammals). The most recent, she decided to join the CNHS project to gain experience on different species of primate (Long-tailed Macaque) and the same time, as a preparation before pursuing her PhD in the future.