CHES Graduate Affiliates

Liz Ballare

Liz BallareAdvisor: Dr. Erin Vogel

Liz received her B.S. in Biology in 2007 at Montclair State University. She joined the Ecology and Evolution department at Rutgers - Newark in 2009 after working as a surgical veterinary technician. During that time she also interned at the Center for Great Apes and was a research assistant for a behavioral study involving Papio anubis. Liz’s Masters research at Rutgers - Newark focused on the phylogenetics and systematics of Macromiidae, a family of dragonfly. She transferred to the Ph.D. program at Rutgers - New Brunswick in 2012 to work with Dr. Erin Vogel and now focuses on the health of rehabilitated and released orangutans.

evolution, conservation biology, parasitology, physiology related to stress, nitrogen (protein) recycling, dietary ecology, immune-responsiveness, orangutan rehabilitation and release

Liz is currently working on projects that involve the health of rehabilitated and released orangutans in Central Kalimantan, Borneo. These projects focus on their ability to obtain adequate dietary protein, the ways in which they recycle this protein in their bodies during periods of fruit scarcity, and their physiological responses to stress. In addition Liz is investigating the differences in immuno-responsiveness by measuring urinary cytokines and is also identifying gastro-intestinal parasites in both the rehabilitated and released populations. Using these biomarkers Liz will conduct a comparative study between the released orangutan population and the wild population studied by Dr. Erin Vogel.

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Ballare, Elizabeth F. (2011) Aim High Academy: Summer Earth Ecology Program, ARGIA: The News Journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas, 23:3, 25-29.

Ballare, Elizabeth F. & Ware, Jessica L. (2011) Dragons fly, biologists classify: an overview of molecular odonate studies, and our evolutionary understanding of dragonfly and damselfly (Insecta: Odonata) behavior, International Journal of Odonatology, 14:2, 137-147.