CWUNewsNews into the Mother-Infant Relationships of Southern Pig-tailed Macaques, 17 Jan 2019 09:40:45<p>A <a href="" target="_blank">new publication</a> from <a href="">Emily Dura</a> (Primate Behavior MS, 2017) and co-authors <a href="" target="_blank">Sheeran</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Ruppert</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Arango</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Blue</a> examines the variables influencing mother-infant relationships and infant independence. The authors highlight the complexity of mother-infant dynamics and note that contact, proximity, offspring age, and mother's permissive behavior contribute to changes in this relationship as the offspring develops. The research followed a wild macaque group in the Segari Melintang Forest Reserve, Peninsular Malaysia, and supports observations made on captive pig-tailed macaques.</p><p>Read more about the work in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><em>Asian Primates Journal.</em></a></p></a href="">CSNW Makes the Pages of The Seattle Times' Pacific NW Magazine, 26 Nov 2018 11:22:28<p><a href="" target="_blank">Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest</a> and its seven residents made it into the hearts and homes of those reading the Sunday edition of The Seattle Times. The piece profiles the sanctuary and the state of biomedical research using non-human primate subjects in the U.S.</p><p>Read the full piece at <a href="" target="_blank">their website</a>.</p>Second Publication on Collective Decision Making in Tibetan Macaques Appears in Animal Behaviour, 15 Nov 2018 16:31:58<p>Nipping at the heels of a <a href="/primate/node/2655" target="_blank">September</a> publication on collective decision making in female Tibetan macaques comes a second article examining the rules of collective decision making in this same macaque group. CWU graduate student <a href="" target="_blank">Amanda Rowe</a> (MS '17) examined how dominance and "popularity", measured by the number of fans you have in your social group, impacted the speed and success of group movements.</p><p>Rowe and co-authors, including CWU professors Drs. <a href="" target="_blank">Sun</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sheeran</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Wagner</a>, found that dominant females in the group had more fans and having more fans meant you were more successful at initiating group movements. However, there might be a trade-off: more fans meant that group movements were slower to get going, possibly because it becomes more difficult to join in.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Keep an eye on the Animal Behaviour journal website for the upcoming release of this article.</a></p>Dr. Mayhew Presents at Biology's Natural Science Seminar, 06 Nov 2018 16:36:10<p>Join CWU faculty, students, and members of the community on Friday, Nov. 9th at the Natural Science Seminar featuring <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Jessica Mayhew</a> and a discussion about the significance of social play in primates. Refreshments will be served at 3:45 with the talk beginning at 4 p.m. (Science, 147).</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="juvenile tibetan macaques" src="/primate/sites/" style="width: 650px; height: 432px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;">Interview with Nakita Hesketh, 05 Nov 2018 21:34:39<p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Curious how Primate Behavior and Ecology students spend their summer break? Watch the interview with PBE undergraduate Nakita Hesketh about her internship in South Africa!</strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" scrolling="no" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p></p style="text-align: center;"></p style="text-align: center;">Dr. Sheeran Quoted in National Geographic, 12 Oct 2018 12:33:10<p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/primate/sites/" style="width: 650px; height: 433px;"></p><h2 style="text-align: center;">Ultra-rare wild monkey twins born to different fathers</h2><h3 style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank">See full story here</a></h3></p style="text-align: center;"></h2 style="text-align: center;"></h3 style="text-align: center;">Collective Decision Making in Tibetan Macaque Females, 08 Oct 2018 17:57:24<p>In a new study out today in <a href="" target="_blank">Primates</a>, Primate Behavior MS graduate Greg Fratellone examines collective decision making in female Tibetan macaques (<em>Macaca thibetana</em>). Fratellone and co-authors Jin-Hua Li, <a href="" target="_blank">Lori Sheeran</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Steve Wagner</a>, Xi Wang, and <a href="" target="_blank">Lixing Sun</a>&nbsp;found that the female affiliations among this species of macaque are stronger than males, and groups with more females reach collective decisions faster.</p><p>Read more about the study on the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">journal website</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 500px; height: 706px;"></p></p style="text-align: center;">Rethinking Dominance Rank in Non-Human Primates, 19 Sep 2018 11:59:39<p>In a new study out this week in Scientific Reports, CWU alum <a href="" target="_blank">Jake Funkhouser</a> (Primate Behavior &amp; Ecology B.S. and Primate Behavior M.S.) talks about the challenges of capturing a clear picture of dominance in primates. Using data collected from <a href="" target="_blank">Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest</a> and field data from Tibetan macaques living in Mt. Huangshan, China, Funkhouser and co-authors&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mayhew</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Sheeran</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Mulcahy</a>, and Li highlight the challenges primatologists face when trying to capture the structure of a complex and dynamic social system.</p><p><em>"These results do not just speak to the structures of dominance and their social correlates in these two primate groups but also contribute to broader considerations of how to define, measure, test, and validate dominance as a construct."</em></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">For more, visit Scientific Reports</a>.</p>CWU Alums Use Genetics to Study Chimp Dispersal, 01 Aug 2018 15:07:25<p>In an article in the <em>American Journal of Primatology</em>, CWU alums <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Maureen McCarthy</a> and Ph.D. candidate <a href="" target="_blank">Jack Lester</a>&nbsp;assess gene flow in wild chimpanzees in Uganda. Such genetic studies help determine how forest fragmentation impacts the genetic diversity, density, and dispersal patterns of these populations, which is important information for conservation and habitat restoration.</p><table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: left; vertical-align: top; width: 225px;"><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Read the full article in AJP:</strong></a></td><td><img alt="" src="" style="width: 300px; height: 326px; border-width: 0px; border-style: solid;"></td></tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></table align="left" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width: 650px"></td style="text-align: left; vertical-align: top; width: 225px;">PBE and the Pacific Primate Sanctuary, 25 Jul 2018 11:17:04<p>PBE/Biology graduate Holly Roberts (class of '17) spent this past year in a Resident Internship at the Pacific Primate Sanctuary in Maui, Hawaii. She has since moved on to graduate school, but her experience at the sanctuary is captured in her farewell letter, published in the July 2018 newsletter.</p><p><a href="/primate/sites/" target="_blank">Read here about Holly's time at PPS caring for Neotropical primates and to learn more about the work and mission of PPS.&nbsp;</a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="/primate/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="Pacific primate sanctuary newsletter header" src="/primate/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 124px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;"></a></p></p style="text-align: center;">