J. Devyn Carter
My interest in primatology began during volunteer work at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida. While at the center, I began an observational study of “Knuckles”, a juvenile chimpanzee with cerebral palsy. The rarity of this physical disorder among chimpanzees presented a unique opportunity to study how it affected his individual behavior, as well as his social interactions with conspecifics. My observations suggested that interactions with other chimpanzees and Knuckles were influenced more by his atypical behaviors than his physical appearance. Outwardly, he was the size and stature of a typical juvenile male. Although he matured physically, other chimpanzees continued to exhibit excessive tolerance towards him, perhaps revealing an awareness of his unusual condition.
During 2005 - 2010, I worked with the Living Links Center in Atlanta, Georgia as lead research assistant to Dr. Frans de Waal. My duties included the observation and coding of chimpanzee social interactions as well as creating digital animations designed to evaluate the Yerkes Field Station chimpanzees' responses to visual stimuli.
I have a B.A. in anthropology from Rollins College/Hamilton Holt School and an M.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University as well as a degree in digital animation from DAVE School at Universal Studios, Florida.
Currently, I teach biological and cultural anthropology at Georgia Perimeter College.