Research Staff

Social Networks & Enrichment Team

Lauren Woodell

IMG_0345Project leader: Laboratory Assistant III

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 Lin

Nicole pictureLaboratory Assistant II

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.

Social Networks & Development Team

Ryan Macon


Laboratory Assistant II

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 Dura

EmilyDuraLaboratory Assistant II

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).