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Graduate Cohort 2016

                                   Carly Batist graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and a minor in Anthropology. She interned at a Belizean primate rehabilitation center, Wildtracks, where she cared for white-faced capuchins, black-handed spider monkeys, and Yucatan black howler monkeys. Her thesis research will look at social learning and cultural transmission comparatively in different lemur species. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Jessica Mayhew.
Elizabeth Cook graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Biology. As an undergraduate, she participated in a field class on primate behavior at the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Panama.  She also interned at Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona working with small mammals, reptiles, ungulates, birds, and primates.  She is interested in conservation and behavior of Lion Tamarins of the Atlantic Forest.  Her faculty advisor is Dr. Steve Wagner.
Kailie Dombrausky graduated from New Mexico State University in 2015 with a BA in Anthropology, a supplemental major in Linguistics, and minors in Biology, Psychology, and French. Her previous research includes a study of the activity budget of a juvenile siamang at the El Paso Zoo, which she presented at the 2014 Southwestern Association of Biological Anthropologists convention and was awarded Best Student Poster. Other interests include cats, art, and the great outdoors. Her thesis work investigates the formation of questions in signing chimpanzees. Her thesis advisor is Mary Lee Jensvold.
Josefine HolmHer faculty advisor is Dr. Lori Sheeran.

Samantha Jones received her B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Her interest in primates was sparked with a class titled “The Psychology of Monkeys and Apes”. She has field experience as a volunteer with chimpanzee's at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia, Africa as well as a research assistant in the Peruvian Amazon studying tamarins. Samantha has spent the last 5 years volunteering with white-handed gibbons and capuchins at a The American Primate Educational Sanctuary in Ohio.  She is interested in research focused on social interactions in gibbons. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Lori Sheeran.
Amanda OsborneHer faculty advisor is Dr. Lori Sheeran.
Blanca PonceHer faculty advisor is Dr. Jessica Mayhew.
Kyle Runzel graduated from Sonoma State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Environmental Studies and Planning. As an undergraduate, he interned as a research assistant with the Sonoma State University Primate Ethology Research (SSUPER) Lab where he collected behavioral and spatial data on a group of four mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) to introduce new enrichment techniques at the San Francisco Zoo. In 2015 he participated in the DANTA Field School at the Piro Research Station in Costa Rica where he collected data on the ontogeny of black-handed spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) prehensile tail use. While at CWU he plans to conduct a comparative study between Tibetan macaques’ diurnal and nocturnal social behaviors. His faculty advisor is Dr. Jessica Mayhew.
KiriLi Stauch received her B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Her thesis work will center around Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) and tourist interactions in Anhui, China. Her faculty advisor is Dr. Lori Sheeran. 


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