Research Staff

Amy Nathman

AmySocial 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 Winkler

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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 Woodell

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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

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

 Devin Lindsley

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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 Macon


Laboratory Assistant

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

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

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Shubhangi Srivastava, Kawaljit Kaur, Stefano Kaburu, Bidisha Chakraborty, Benjamin Snow Sipes, Taniya Gill

Shubhangi Srivastava

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 Kaur

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 Chakraborty

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 Gill

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

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Pictured from left to right: Eduarco Saczek, Silvia La Gala, Camille Luccisano, Atiqah Tahir

Eduardo Saczek

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 Luccisano

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.

CNHS Thenmala India Team


Ismail Mohammed, Menno van Berkel (back), Rajarshi Saha, Malgorzata (Gosia) Arlet , Megha Majoe, Alvaro Sobrino

Malgorzata Arlet (Team Leader)

Gosia is broadly interested in animal behavior and has expertise in working with communities and human-wildlife conflict in Africa. She is a primatologist who has 17 years of experience working with primates both in the field in Africa and in captivity. She has held post-doctoral positions in USA, Estonia and France, with fieldwork in Uganda, Cameroon, and Sierra Leone. She is also the co-founder and president of Books Open the World, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for rural people in Uganda to further their education.

Ismail Mohammed

Mohammed is currently pursuing a B.Sc.Zoology program at a state university in India. Prior to this, he has had an extensive experience in Batrachology, i.e studying the behavior and life histories of amphibians in the rainforests of India. He has also worked as an intern for many behavioral and ecology projects with various research organizations across India. For instance, he worked with Agumbe Rainforest Research Station and Conservation Research Group. In addition, he has also initiated many wildlife workshops to impact conservation through education. More recently, he volunteered for a field study of ecology and conservation status of Central Himalayan Langurs in the state of Uttarakhand, Northern India. This exposure to primate behavioral ecology led him to apply and join the CNHS team in the McCowan Lab at UC Davis. By participating in this project, he hopes to gain ample field experience on primate behavioral ecology before pursuing a Masters program in related field.

 Menno van Berkel

Menno currently holds a BSc in Applied Ecology and an MRes in Animal Behavior. He has assisted on studies researching the effects of human interaction with dolphins, foxes, wolves, and currently bonnet macaques. His own research interests are focused on the cognitive abilities of hyper-social animals and how these relate to their interactions with human communities. Working on bonnet macaques has shown him first-hand the complexity of human-primate conflict and the efforts to mediate it. To better understand the factors underlying this conflict, Menno aims to study the cognitive abilities of primates by conducting field experiments on free ranging communities. Consequently, he hopes to conserve both primate species and people’s livelihoods.

Rajarshi Saha

Rajarshi has completed his Bachelors and Masters Dual degree program in Biotechnology from KIIT University, India.  He extended his field of interest from molecular genetics to behavior and cognition as he wanted to pursue interdisciplinary research. In 2014, he did his first internship on behavioral ecology of Climbing Perch (A fresh water fish). In 2015, he did a mini project on the isolation of cellulose degrading bacteria from the fecal samples of captive Asian elephants.  His Master’s thesis was on the activity patterns and feeding behavior of rhesus macaques in Solan, Himachal Pradesh. Rajarshi joined the CNHS Project at UC Davis to gain more experience in the field of behavioral biology, which will help in his future research endeavors. He has a keen interest in developmental psychology of infants in both human and nonhuman primates, and the function and evolution of decision making processes and skills in primates.

Megha Majoe

Fueled by a thirst for learning about the world and the life it sustains, Megha pursued a BSc in Zoology at Mumbai University. Following this, she completed her Masters at the University of Melbourne where her interest in social animals led her to study behavioral adaptations of Australian meat ants (Iridomyrmex purpureus) in semi-arid ecosystems. Megha volunteered with an ongoing study of wild pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina) in Malaysia before she joined this CNHS project where she focuses on people and their perceptions about bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata). She is interested in the evolution of strategies like mimicry, cryptic behavior and co-operation, and social living across taxa.

Alvaro Sobrino

Alvaro is currently doing a MSc in Biology at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). For his thesis, he worked on male dispersal patterns in a wild population of vervet monkeys in South Africa. His academic background has a focus on behavioral and conservation ecology. Matching his particular interest in social behavior, his research experience has covered different taxa of group-living animals, like bats, freshwater cetaceans and monkeys. The CNHS project is allowing him to gain further experience in collecting behavioral data in the field, which will help him in the search for a PhD project.