Laboratory Assistant II
Julia joined the lab in the winter of 2022 as a laboratory assistant. Her work involves behavioral data collection of rhesus macaques at the California National Primate Research Center. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis in Behavioral Neuroscience with the Cognitive Evolution Group at the University of Michigan in 2022, with a focus on behavioral flexibility in chimpanzees. She has had additional experiences in the field testing squirrel personality traits as well as contributing to analysis of rhesus and barbary macaque cognitive data from long-term field sites. Julia is interested in researching primate behavioral flexibility in response to anthropogenic habitat change, animal welfare, and the development and mechanisms of primate communication systems.