Caitlin has recently defended her Ph.D. at Boston University. She spent a full year, from 2013 to 2014, in Gunung Palung National Park, and witnessed an incredible amount of social and sexual behavior that we do not usually expect from Bornean orangutans. Her work has explored when and why social behavior takes place in order to understand the costs and benefits of gregariousness for an ape that often ranges alone. Her thesis looked at differences in the tendency for socializing, affiliation and agonism, stress, and parasites across different age-sex classes and examined these factors within their ecological and social contexts. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea D. is a PhD candidate at Boston University studying orangutan nutrition and habitat use. Her interests are in primate evolution, diet, and conservation. She conducted her doctoral fieldwork at the Cabang Panti Research station in Gunung Palung National Park. Andrea’s work investigates the nutrient drivers of orangutan foraging behavior, with a focus on non-fruit foods. Her research will provide the first statistical tests of linear (optimal foraging-based theories of nutrient and energy maximization and minimization) and geometric (balancing different nutrients within a complete diet) theories of food selection. She is also using movement ecology to understand how these endangered apes use their habitats to find scarce resources. Email: email@example.com
Jacob Negrey is a doctoral candidate exploring primate social behavior in the context of health and disease. Jacob’s fieldwork takes him to Kibale National Park, Uganda, where he collects behavioral and biological data from the Ngogo chimpanzees, the largest wild chimpanzee community ever studied. For his dissertation, Jacob is investigating the immunological benefits of strong social relationships in chimpanzee societies.
Andrea Blackburn is a doctoral candidate studying orangutan seed dispersal behavior. She will study which fruits orangutans are dispersing, the effectiveness of orangutan seed dispersal services, and how orangutan spatial movement patterns shape seed dispersal behavior. Andrea will be spending a year at the Cabang Panti Research Station in Gunung Palung National Park to conduct her fieldwork. If orangutans are effective and critical seed dispersers, orangutans may be essential to the maintenance and regeneration of the tropical forests they inhabit.