Rebecca DeCamp

Field-based real-time DNA sequencing of lemur seminal genes

My research focuses on how sperm competition drives the evolution of proteins related to male fertility in lemurs, a group of primates that lives only on Madagascar, who have evolved unique reproductive characteristics due to this isolated evolution. For this project, I went to the Centre ValBio field station in southwest Madagascar to perform real-time on-site Oxford Nanopore sequencing to isolate male fertility-related genes in the critically endangered golden bamboo lemur. 

Rupesh Gawde

The reproductive microbiome in rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta)

My study focuses on characterizing the gestational microbiomes of female rhesus macaques and their potential role in seeding the neonatal microbiome . This study aims to offer novel insights into vertical transmission and early-life microbiome acquisition in non-human primates.

Eva Hernandez Janer

Assessing the Impacts of Ecological Disturbances on Wild Orangutans through Stable Isotopes

This research uses Stable Isotopes on hair, urine, and plants to investigate how ecological disturbances, in the form of peatland fires and new road construction, impacts the health of critically endangered wild bornean orangutans.

Charles Maingi

Preliminary Study on the Social and Environmental Factors Affecting Fecal Glucocorticoid metabolites in Wild Female Tana River Mangabeys (Cercocebus galeritus) 

This preliminary study aims at understanding the relationship between affiliative, agonistic behaviors and ecological factors to physiological stress. Thus, it involves habituating groups in the study site and collecting behavior interactions and fecal samples for glucocorticoid metabolites.

Anissa Speakman

The Effect of Mating Strategy Variation on Reproductive Control in Kinda Baboons (Papio kindae)

This research seeks to clarify how male and female mating strategies interact to influence reproductive control in Kinda baboons (Papio kindae). This research involves behavioral observation and noninvasive collection of hormone and genetic samples to determine female fertile phases and paternity of offspring. The research is being conducted in collaboration with Kasanka Baboon Project in Kasanka National Park, Zambia.