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Primate

Graduate Program 2013 Student Cohort

 

Gregory Fratellone graduated from Northeastern University majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. He has previously conducted research on Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at the Franklin Park Zoo, focusing on infant development and personality, and has volunteered in Belize at The Belize Zoo and Wildtracks rehabilitation center with Geoffroy's spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) and Yucatan black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra). His thesis research was conducted at the Valley of the Wild Monkeys in Mt. Huangshan, China, examining the collective movements of Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana)​ in order to analyze collective decision-making, leader/follower dynamics and social networks. He is interested in primate social networks and organization as well as decision-making skills. Dr. Lixing Sun is his thesis committee chair.
Melanie Bell received a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.S. in Primate Behavior and Ecology from Central Washington University. She is a former intern at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI). Her thesis research was performed at the Gibbon Conservation Center (GCC) in Southern California, looking at the nonvocal communication of Javan Gibbons (Hylobates moloch). She is interested in field studies and captive care of a variety of nonhuman primates. Dr. Lori Sheeran is her thesis committee chair.
Whitney Emge received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound. She was an apprentice at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) and is currently an intern at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. Her thesis research was conducted at Fauna Foundation in Carignan, Québec, looking at the effects of operant training sessions and unstructured interactions between chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and their caregivers. She is interested in primate communication and captive primate care. Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold is her thesis committee chair.
Katherine (Katie) McDonald graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Biological Sciences. She previously worked with tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) at Yale University, examining helping behavior between conspecifics.  She was an apprentice at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) and is currently an intern at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.  Katie is interested in primate cognition, primate prosocial behavior, and captive primate welfare.  For her thesis, she will be looking at the nighttime behaviors of captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from the CHCI video archive.  Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold is her thesis committee chair.
Alexandra (Sandra) Casti graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A in Painting and a minor in Art History. She was an apprentice at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute (CHCI) and is currently an intern/volunteer caregiver at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. She is passionate about personhood rights for nonhuman animals and is interested in cognitive development, creative expression, and language evolution. She will be analyzing a series of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) drawings from the CHCI archive for her thesis. Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold is her thesis committee chair.
Benjamin Gombash graduated from the Ohio State University, double majoring in Wildlife Sciences and Anthropological Sciences. Ben is interested in primate conservation and vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops). Ben’s research concerns Hepatocystis and how genes may confer resistance to it. His thesis committee chair is Dr. Joseph Lorenz.
Anne SalowFaculty Advisor: Dr. Steve Wagner