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Biology

Dr. Sofia Blue

Sofi Blue, PhD

Lecturer

Biological Sciences & Primate Behavior and Ecology

Science Building, Room 338M
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7537
(509) 963-2800
email: sofia.bernstein@cwu.edu

Education

Ph.D., Ecology and Social Behavior, Biology. Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, 2016

M.Sc., Primate Behavior, Central Washington University, 2012

B.A., Psychology, University of North Texas.

Teaching

Fundamentals of Biology, Research Methods in Primatology

Research

My research interests include the study of signal systems in non-human animals, particularly vocal communication in non-human primates. My work integrates bioacoustics and cognitive ethology, and I mostly focus on the Macaca genus. I participate in an ongoing collaboration with Anhui University and Central Washington University at the Valley of the Wild Monkeys,China where longitudinal data is being collected on a free-ranging troop of Tibetan macaques.

Research and Work Experience

-Tibetan Macaque Female Copulation Calls and the Audience Effect data analysis, and testing the existing 14 hypotheses and Pradhan et al.’s model, 2016

-Dead Infant Carrying during Copulations by Female Tibetan Macaques in the Mating Season at Mt. Huangshan, China data analysis and write up, 2015

-Bioacoustic Analysis of the Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan macaques in Mt. Huangshan, China, 2015

-Fieldwork and Analysis of Research Concerning Infant Mortality in a Group of Semi-Free Ranging Tibetan Macaques at Mt. Huangshan, China with Central Washington University China Field School Program and Primate Behavior and Ecology Program, 2015

-Fieldwork and Collaborative Project with Anhui University Investigating the Influence of Season on the Gut Microbiota of Tibetan macaques at Mt. Huangshan, China, 2015

-The Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan Macaques, 2014

-Fieldwork in Mt. Huangshan, China (August 2014 – February 2015) collecting vocal recordings for assessing the Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan macaques

-Language Acquisition and Alternate Modes of Communication in Children with Autism, Autism Spectrum Therapies Behavioral Analyst (2012- 2013)

-Assessing Parasite Load and Social Transmission in Wooly Monkeys at Yana Cocha Sanctuary, Puyo, Ecuador (March 2012 – June 2012)

-Construction of an Ethogram of Abnormal Behaviors in the Non-Human Primates of Yana Cocha Sanctuary, Puyo, Ecuador and Training of Volunteers, 2012

-Collecting samples in Search of the Deadly Chytrid Fungus in the Frogs of Puyo, Ecuador, 2011

-Fieldwork at Mt. Huangshan, China Investigating Sexual Coercion and Mate Choice Tactics in Tibetan Macaques (August 2011-October 2011)

-Applied Behavioral Analysis Research Assistant, Child Study Center, Fort Worth, Texas (June 2008-November 2009)

-Research Assistant in the Human Lab, Department of Psychology, Section of Applied Behavioral Analysis, University of North Texas (January 2009-December 2009)

Presentations

Oral Presentations
Bernstein, S.K. The Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana): A Quantitative Classification and Congeneric Comparisons. The 5th Annual Symposium of the Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Inuyama, Japan, 2016

Bernstein, S.K., Sheeran, L.K., Wagner R.S., Li J.H., Koda, H. The Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana): A Quantitative Classification. 60th PRIMATES Conference, Inuyama, Japan, 2016

Bernstein, S.K. Investigating the Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan Macaques and Collaborative Work at the Valley of the Wild Monkeys. The 4th International Symposium on Primatology and Wildlife Science (Interim Symposium), Kyoto, Japan 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Report on Research Conducted on Wild Tibetan macaques in the Valley of the Wild Monkeys, Mt. Huangshan, China. The 4th International Seminar on Biodiversity and Evolution, Kyoto, Japan, 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Investigating the Vocalizations of Tibetan Macaques in the Valley of the Wild Monkeys at Mt. Huangshan, China and Collaborative Work with Anhui and Central Washington University. The 3rd Annual Symposium of the Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Kyoto, Japan 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Vocalizations in Tibetan Macaques and Collaborative Work with Central Washington University and Anhui University. Guest Lecture Series, Central Washington University, 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Sexual Coercion and Mate Choice Tactics in Tibetan Macaques at Mt. Huangshan, China. Darwin Day, Central Washington University, 2012

Bernstein, S.K. Justify Your Existence: Research in China. Central Washington University, Lecture Series for the William O. Douglas Honors, 2011

Posters
Bernstein, S.K. Tibetan Macaque Infant Mortality and Field Site Management in the Valley of the Wild Monkeys (VWM). The 31st Congress of Primate Society of Japan, Kyoto, Japan, 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Tibetan Macaque Infant Mortality and Field Site Management in the Valley of the Wild Monkeys (VWM). The 4th International Symposium on Primatology and Wildlife Science (Interim Symposium), Kyoto, Japan, 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Tibetan Macaque Infant Mortality and Field Site Management in the Valley of the Wild Monkeys (VWM). Kyoto University Leading Graduate Schools Programs Joint Workshop, Kyoto, Japan, 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Investigating the Vocalizations of Tibetan Macaques in the Valley of the Wild Monkeys at Mt. Huangshan, China and Collaborative Work with Anhui and Central Washington University. The 3rd Annual Symposium of the Leading Graduate Program in Primatology and Wildlife Science, Kyoto, Japan 2015

Bernstein, S.K. Previous Study at the Valley of the Wild Monkeys and the Next Generation of Research and Community Outreach. The 1st International Symposium on Primatology and Wildlife Science, International Institute for Advanced Studies, Japan, 2014

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