Living Links Center
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
While I have always been interested in biology, my fascination with non-human primates really began when I took a primate behavior and ecology course my freshman year at Yale University. While there, I majored in anthropology, focusing my studies on non-human primate behavior and cognition. As my primate interests stem from an anthropological background, I am particularly focused on the phylogenetic origins of social and cognitive behavior as well as examining the evolutionary pressures that would result in such abilities. During my time as an undergraduate, I also had the privilege of assisting in the Yale Comparative Cognition Lab, a laboratory focused on the cognitive capabilities of tufted capuchin monkeys. During my time there, I collected data for graduate research projects and also conducted my own observational study on triadic awareness.
Recently I joined Dr. Frans de Waal’s Living Links Capuchin Lab as a research specialist, managing two colonies of tufted capuchin monkeys. I am responsible for supervising and assisting in the various studies being conducted on aspects of capuchin social behavior and cognition as well as collecting, coding, and analyzing observational data.