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Primate

Research and Internships

Primate Behavior & Ecology students have several opportunities to complete internships and research with non-human primates in both captive and free-living settings. Opportunities currently include:

CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY NORTHWEST (CSNW)
Contact: Lori Sheeran, PhD
sheeranl@cwu.edu, 509-963-1434
CSNW is located approximately 20 miles west of Ellensburg. The sanctuary currently provides care for seven chimpanzees while advocating for all great apes. Through a collaborative agreement with the PBE program, CSNW supports the training and education of students in the field of chimpanzee care and husbandry. Photo credit Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.


 
ETHNOPRIMATOLOGICAL RESEARCH IN CHINA
Contact: Lori Sheeran, PhD
SheeranL@cwu.edu, 509-963-1434
Practice observational research methods as a member of an international team focused on the behavior of Tibetan macaques. Photo credit Rie Usui.
 

PRIMATOLOGY IN ECUADOR
Contact: Steve Wagner, PhD
WagnerS@cwu.edu, 509-963-3105
Travel to Ecuador to work with primatologist Sarah Martin Solano and Professor Steve Wagner to study the behavior and conservation of this country’s unique and virtually unknown primate species. Photo credit Dr. Steve Wagner.

GIBBON CONSERVATION CENTER (GCC)
Contact: Lori Sheeran, PhD
SheeranL@cwu.edu, 509-963-1434
GCC’s mission is to promote the conservation of gibbons through education and research. GCC houses more than 40 gibbons and representatives of 4 genera. Students can base research projects at GCC and/or gain experience in husbandry,
grant-writing, and environmental education working in collaboration with CWU faculty and GCC staff. Photo courtesy of Gibbon Conservation Center.

MUSEUM OF CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
Contact: Mark Auslander, PhD
AuslanderM@cwu.edu, 509-963-3209
An opportunity to learn more about public education and outreach, exhibit design,
and educational assessment.

SIGN LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH GROUP
Contact: Mary Lee Jensvold, PhD
Jensvold@cwu.edu, 509-963-2215
Dr. Jensvold worked extensively with world famous chimpanzee Washoe and her family, the first nonhumans to learn a human language. Study  with Dr. Jensvold to learn more about apes’ communication. Photo credit Friends of Washoe.

WOODLAND PARK ZOO
Contact: Mark Auslander, PhD
AuslanderM@cwu.edu, 509-963-3209
Complete an internship or research project at the world-famous Woodland Park Zoo
in Seattle. This is a particularly important opportunity for students planning careers
in zoos and primate caregiving, and/or students interested in exhibit design and
public outreach and education. Photo credit Woodland Park Zoo.

MOLECULAR ANTHROPOLOGY LAB (MAL)
Contact: Joseph Lorenz, PhD
LorenzJ@cwu.edu, 509-963-3448
Learn the techniques used in forensic, biomedical, and genetic research
laboratories. MAL is equipped for DNA extraction, PCR analysis, genotyping, and DNA sequencing. MAL houses DNA samples from more than 90 primate species, which are available for student projects in comparative primate genetics.

COMPARATIVE PRIMATE ANATOMY
Contact: Lori Sheeran, PhD
SheeranL@cwu.edu, 509-963-1434
Professor-guided research on comparative primate anatomy using CWU’s non-invasively obtained collection of fossil and extant primate skeletal material.

Students are also encouraged to design their own research projects or internships. Past students have interned in captive settings and field sites across the United States and abroad.

Students interested in conducting research should familiarize themselves with the CWU policy and procedures of CWU's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.