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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 studied primate social networks and organization as well as decision-making skills. Dr. Lixing Sun was his thesis committee chair.

Fratellone Gregory, Female Social Connectivity through the Leadership and Movement Progression of Tibetan Macaques at Mt. Huangshan, China / 2015

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 currently an adjunct professor in the Anthropology department at CWU. Dr. Lori Sheeran was her thesis committee chair.

Bell, Melanie, Javan Gibbon (Hylobates moloch) Non-Vocal Social Communication and Gesture Use With Conspecifics / 2015

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. Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold was her thesis committee chair.

Emge, Whitney D., A comparison of Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) responses to caregiver use of Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT) and Species-Specific Behaviors (SSB) / 2015

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 was her thesis committee chair.

Captive Chimpanzees’ (Pan troglodytes) Night-time Enrichment Use and Preferences/2016

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 was her thesis committee chair.

Reaction to Stimulus Figures in Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Drawings/2016

Sandra is currently the Assistant Manager in charge of chimpanzee welfare, volunteer supervision, and on-site finances at Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue (SY), located in the Mbargue Forest in Central Cameroon, Africa.

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. Ben is currently working as Primate Rehabilitation Program Intern Coordinator and Site Manager for the Alouatta Sanctuary & Batipa Field Institute in Panama.

Gombash, Benjamin Joseph, Analysis of FY Promoterand Hepatocystis Load in South African Vervet monkeys                  (Chlorocebus aethiops) / 2016 

Anne Salow

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Steve Wagner

Salow, Anne, Sexual behavior of immature Tibetan Macaques (Macaca thibetana) / 2015


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