Brasington, L
co-supervised with Dr. K Jack of Tulane University
Countering infanticide: new perspectives on sexual conflict in white-faced capuchins, PhD Dissertation.

 

King-Bailey, G gkingbai@tulane.edu
co-supervised with Dr. K Jack of Tulane University
Androgens, social behavior and forest seasonality in female white-faced capuchins, PhD Dissertation.

 

Williamson, R rachel.williamson1@ucalgary.ca
co-supervised with Dr. A Melin of the University of Calgary
Within-group niche divergence in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus imitator) and the effects of fruit mechanical properties.

     
   
     
 

Kalbitzer, U. urs.kalbitzer@ucalgary.ca

2015-2017. Post-doctoral Fellow, U of C.

I am interested in the social evolution of primates with a focus on proximate and ultimate causes for species differences in competition and cooperation.

I did my PhD thesis at the German Primate Center (DPZ) and obtained my PhD in 2014 from the University of Göttingen, Germany. For my doctoral research, I compared male social behavior and steroid (glucocorticoid and testosterone) patterns between wild chacma baboons.

As a postdoctoral fellow with the Fedigan lab, I changed my focus from male to female primates. Behavioral observations suggest that female capuchin monkeys form strong bonds. I investigated these bonds by analyzing long-term data to determine the adaptive value of bonds in this species, and primates in general.

I continue to collaborate with the University of Calgary's primatologists by analyzing their long-term data. I am primarily investigating the interrelationship between habitat characteristics, climate variables and population dynamics (e.g. changes in group sizes or sex ratios) in different species of primates. The results of this project will help to better understand the constraints and flexibilities of different primate species to adapt to changing environments.

Please find more information about me and my current research at https://urskalbitzer.github.io/

     
 

Vayro, Josie, co-supervised with Dr. P Sicotte, jvvayro@ucalgary.ca

2017. Female life history characteristics, mating patterns and strategies in Colobus vellerosus, PhD Dissertation.

     
 

Myers, M. msmyers@ucalgary.ca

2016. Immature males as commodities: reproductive strategies and hormones as drivers of adult male-infant affiliation in Cebus capucinus imitator MA Thesis, U of C.

In 2010 I graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc. in Anthropology, with a specialization in primatology.  My first field experience was assisting Teresa Holmes (U of C) on her MA project focusing on population genetics in ursine colobus monkeys (Colobus vellerosus) at Boabeng-Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Ghana.  From 2010-2011, I volunteered as a research assistant for Mackenzie Bergstrom (PhD candidate, U of C) and Claire Sheller (PhD candidate, Tulane University) investigating white-faced capuchin dominance behavior and juvenile development at Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica.  My thesis research focused on how adult male capuchins use infants from their group to forge alliances and access mating opportunities. In 2012, I became project manager at SRNP, Costa Rica, a position I continue to work in.

     
 

Bergstrom, M. mbergstr@ucalgary.ca

2015. Seasonal effects on the nutrition and energetic condition of female white-faced capuchin monkeys. PhD dissertation, U of C.

I am interested in the behavioral ecology and health of non-human primates.  The focus of my PhD research was to better understand the costs and benefits of dominance and explore how females meet their energetic needs. I used behavioral observations and stress biomarkers collected via urine and feces in addition to nutritional analyses of dietary components to approach my research questions.

I received my M.A. from the University of Calgary in 2009.  I graduated from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas, USA) in 2003 with a B.Sc. in Biology and minor in Anthropology. 

     
 

Hogan, J. jhogan@ucalgary.ca

2015. Florivory by Cebus capucinus: how variation in food abundance and colour vision affect foraging strategies. MA thesis, U of C.

My masters research focused on the interactions between white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) and flowering plants in Sector Santa Rosa, Costa Rica. I determined that many flower foods are important seasonally to capuchins, helping them survive periods of fruit shortage. I also discovered that capuchins are very likely acting as important pollinators for some key flower food species, and destroy the reproductive potential for other species by destroying their flower crops. I now work as a research technician with the Santa Rosa capuchin project.

     
 

Campos, F.  camposfa@gmail.com 

 

2014. Landscapes of change: the ecology of white-faced capuchins over space and time. PhD dissertation, U of C.

My PhD research deals with the causes, consequences, and patterns of primate movement at different spatial and temporal scales.  This project integrates behavioral observations, population genetics, spatial statistics, and GIS / remote sensing technology.  I received my B.S. in Biology in 2002 from the California Institute of Technology, and my M.A. in Primatology from the University of Calgary in 2008. My master's research dealt with behavioral thermoregulation and urine-washing in white-faced capuchins.

For more information about me and my research, please see my webpage: http://www.ucalgary.ca/~facampos

     
 

Wikberg, E. ecwikber@ucalgary.ca

2014. Dispersal patterns and fitness benefits gained from co-residency with kin in white-faced capuchins. Post-doctoral Fellow, U of C and University of Tokyo.

I am molecular ecologist who focuses on the interaction between ecology, behavior, and genetics. I am interested in how ecological, social, and demographic conditions affect dispersal patterns and what benefits males and females may gain from residing with kin. As a post-doctoral fellow, I investigated dispersal patterns of the three primate species inhabiting Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This is a particularly interesting area to investigate primate dispersal as the three species that are present (black-handed spider monkeys, mantled howler monkeys, and white-faced capuchins) have different male and female dispersal patterns based on observational data.

You can find more information about me and my research interests on my webpage.

http://anth.ucalgary.ca/bfms/wikberg/index.html

     
   
 

Cebus capucinus

2014 Sargeant, L. "Infant handling in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). MA Thesis, U of C.

2013 Mosdossy, K. "Insect abundance in relation to capuchin (Cebus capucinus) foraging: fallback foods in a Costa Rican tropical dry forest." MA Thesis, U of C.

2011 Parr, N. "Predictors of parasitism in wild, white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus)", MA thesis, U of C.

2011 Carnegie, S. "Reproductive behaviour and endocrinology in female white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus)", PhD dissertation, U of C.

2011 Melin, A. "Polymorphic colour vision and foraging in white-faced capuchins; insights from field research and simulations of monkey vision", PhD dissertation, U of C.

2010 Turner, S. "Causes and consequences of disability in Japanese macaque infants", PhD dissertation, U of C.

2009 Bergstrom, M. "Dominance among female white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) at Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica", MA thesis, U of C.

2008 Campos, F. "Behavioral thermoregulation and urine-washing in white-faced capuchins at Santa Rosa National Park", MA thesis, U of C.

2007 Valenta, K. "Quantity, quality and spatial patterns of seed dispersal by Cebus capucinus." MA thesis, U of C.

2005 Melin, A. "Effects of color vision phenotype on insect foraging and niche preference in Cebus capucinus", MA thesis, U of C.

2005 McCabe, G. “Diet and nutrition in white-faced capuchins: effects of group, sex and reproductive state”, MA thesis, U of C.

2005 Young, H. “Sharp spines and toxic stings: how capuchins overcome the defense mechanisms of invertebrates in Costa Rica”, MA thesis, U of C.

2005 DeGama, H. Forest fragmentation and the monkeys of Area de Conservation Guanacaste, Costa Rica”, MA thesis, U of C.

2004 Digweed, S. “Function and mechanism of alarm calls, lost calls and contact calls in white-faced capuchins”, MA thesis, U of C.

2004 Carnegie, S. “The relationship between ovarian hormones and behavior in female white-faced capuchins, Cebus capucinus”, MA thesis, U of A.

2002 O’Malley, R. “Variability in foraging and food-processing techniques among white-faced capuchins in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica,” MA thesis, U of A.

2001 Jack, K. “Life history patterns of male white-faced capuchins”, PhD dissertation, U of A.

2001 Wong, J. “Social relationships in Western lowland gorillas”, Honour’s thesis, U of A.

2000 O’Neill, A. “Relationship between behavior & hormones in Japanese macaques”, MA thesis, U of A.

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1999 Paulus, J. ”Play partner choice in captive Western lowland gorillas”, Honour’s thesis (co-supervised), U of A.

I999 Patayanikorn, R. “Can primates be saved? Alternative actions to combat primates in conflict with humans”, Honour’s thesis, U of A.

1998 Sorensen, TC. “Tropical dry forest regeneration and its influence on three species of Costa Rican monkeys”, MA thesis (co-supervised), U of A.

1997 Sivertson, L. “The reception of a feminist critique of science: Primate Visions (1989) revisited”, MA thesis (co-supervised), U of A.

1996 Larose, F. "Foraging strategies, group size, and food competition in neighboring troops of howler monkeys, Alouatta palliata", Ph.D. dissertation, U of A.

996 Ellis, C. “Patterns of affiliative behavior in uterine groups of rhesus monkeys”, Honour’s thesis, U of A.

1996 O’Neill, A. “Life after the lab: the viability of reintroduction for macaques”, Honour’s thesis.

1995 Hall, C. "Dominance and foraging in white-faced capuchins", MA thesis, U of A.

1995 MacKinnon, K. “Age differences in foraging patterns and spatial associations of the white-faced capuchin,(Cebus capucinus) in Costa Rica”, MA thesis, U of A.

1994 Goforth, C. "Primatology and the evolution of political behavior", Honour's thesis, U of A.

1994 Kaufman, R. "The nature of agonism and dominance and their relationship to social grooming in the brown lemur, Eulemur fulvus”, Ph.D. dissertation, U of A.

1992 Rose, L. "Sex differences in foraging behavior and benefits and costs of resident males in white-faced capuchins”, MA thesis, U of A.

1991 Collinge, N. "The development of social cognition in four species of nonhuman primates", Ph.D. dissertation, U of A.

1991 Pizzi, L.M. "The langur (Presbytis entellus) debate: an exploration of the controversy over the sexual selection versus social pathology perspective”, Honour's thesis, U of A.

1990 Allen, C. "Intersexual dominance relations in the genus Lemur", Honour's thesis, U of A.

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1989 Gould, L. "Infant social development and alloparenting in free ranging Lemur catta", MA thesis, U of A.

1988 Vasey, P. "Social exchange, reciprocal altruism and sexual division of labour in primates", Honour's thesis, U of A.

1988 Lanigan, C. "Speciation, kin identification and DNA polymorphisms in Macaca fuscata”, MA thesis, U of A.

1988 McDonald, M. "Japanese monkeys: Primatological contributions to gerontology", Ph.D. dissertation, U of A.

1987 Chapman, C. "Foraging strategies and group size in primates", Ph.D. dissertation, U of A.

1985 Collinge, N. "Variability in weaning related behaviors in mothers and infants in semi free ranging Japanese macaques", MA thesis, U of A.

1984 Bullard, J. "Mount prompting behaviors of female Japanese macaques", MA thesis, U of A.

1983 Chapman, C. "Behavioral ecology of the St. Kitts vervet", MA thesis, U of A.

1983 McDonald, M. "The courtship behavior of female Japanese monkeys", MA thesis, U of A.

1980 Bolin, I. "Parental behavior a socialization process in groups of Alouatta palliata pigra in natural environments in Belize and Guatemala", MA thesis, U of A.

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1979 Allan, B. "Sex differences in mother-infant interactions in a Japanese macaque troop", Honour's thesis, U of A.

1979 Baxter, J. "Behavioral Patterns relating to age and sex in free ranging spider monkeys in Tikal National Park, Guatemala", MA thesis, U of A.

Ateles geoffroyi

Macaca fuscata