Lab Members

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr Tyler Bonnell
Post-doctoral focus: Movement ecology and modeling of socio-spatial dynamics (FRQNT Fellowship, NSERC CRC allocation)
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge

Dr Flávia Koch
Post-doctoral focus: Personality, stress and network connectivity as determinants of participation in the intergroup encounters of vervet monkeys (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Foundation postdoctoral fellowship)
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Dr Chris Young
Post-doctoral focus: Sociality, stress and thermal competence in high latitude cercopithecines (UP Senior Post-Doctoral Fellowship)
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge; Endocrine Research Lab, University of Pretoria
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa


PhD Students

Leila Armstrong
PhD topic: The art of urban ecology (Coca Cola Award, QE II Scholarship, Dean's Award)
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge

Rosemary Blersch
PhD topic: Infectious disease and its transmission in vervet monkeys
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Marcus Dostie
PhD topic: Movement ecology and microhabitat selection by vervet monkeys (NSERC CRC Allocation, QE II Scholarship, Dean's Award)
Centre: Geography, Lethbridge
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Colin Dubreuil
PhD topic: Auditory communication in vervet monkeys (NSERC doctoral award, Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship)
Centre: Anthropology, Calgary
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Deanna Forrester
PhD topic: The value of children: alloparenting in a natural fertility population (SSHRC doctoral award, International Society for Human Ethology Owen F. Aldis Scholarship, NSERC CRC allocation, Wenner Gren doctoral grant)
Centre: Psychology/Institute for Childhood and Youth Studies, Lethbridge
Fieldsite: Samoa

Jonathan Jarrett
PhD topic: Vervet monkey development in life historical perspective (NSERC CRC allocation)
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Anne Jones
PhD topic: The developmental psychology of affordances
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge

Miranda Lucas
PhD topic: Human ethology in a cultural context (SSRHC doctoral award, QE II scholarship, International Society for Human Ethology Owen F. Aldis Scholarship, NSERC CRC allocation)
Centre, Psychology, Lethbridge

Maria Madacky
PhD topic: Art as a conduit for cross-cultural exchange (Coca Cola Award, QE II Scholarship, Dean's Award)
Centre: University Art Gallery, Lethbridge

Lesley Marisa
PhD topic: The structuring of habitat use by baboons in a highveld environment (NRF doctoral award)
Centre: ABEERU, University of South Africa
Fieldsite: Telperion Nature Reserve, Gauteng, South Africa

Christina Nord
PhD topic: Dynamic networks and attention structure in vervet monkeys (NSERC CRC allocation, Dean's Award)
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Jessica Parker
PhD topic: Reproductive decisions and trade-offs in the Inuit (NSERC doctoral award, NSERC CRC allocation, Dean's Award)
Centre: Psychology/Institute for Childhood and Youth Studies, Lethbridge

Chloé Vilette
PhD topic: Rank, sociability and the determination of female vervet monkey reproductive success
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge
Fieldsite: Samara Game Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa


Mitarbeiter

Mirjam Minkner (Max Planck, Leipzig)
PhD topic: Paternity and male vervet monkey reproductive strategies


Researcher at large

Kerri Norman
Topic: Play in domestic dogs


Masters Students

Sarah Dada
MSc topic: Situated cognition in humans (NSERC)
Centre: Psychology/Institute for Childhood and Youth Studies, Lethbridge

Bruce Rapheal

MSc topic: Networks in micro-cultures
Centre: Psychology, Lethbridge

Research Assistants (NSERC-funded)

Pia Böhm, Martha Kadluk Pingushat, Shelton Nungnik Nipisar


Current Honours, Independent & Applied Study Students

Jerri Eigert, Ana Radmilovic, Coco Sabourin, Nic Beltran


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    Vervets in the spotlight at the WSF in New York, June 2017


   

January 2017 (Field):
Louise, Christina, Colin, Stephen, Lucy, Tatiana,
Sophie (baboon project),
Chrissie (Baboon project), Chris, Rich




November 2016 (Lab): Brett, Jess, Tyler, Appy, Maria, Anne, John, Marcus,
Deanna, Lou, Leila, Chloé, John, Miranda (via Skype) and Coco (sadly out-of view)




Newly elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada 2016
(L-R: Joe Rasmussen, LB and Bruce McNaughton) with the President and VP Research

Alumni

Distinguished Visiting Research Chair

Professor John Ziker (Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation), Anthropology, Boise State University

Graduates & PDFs

Dr Maria Stylianou - ESRC-funded post-doctoral fellow (2007-2008). Now: lecturer, Department of Psychology, Neapolis University, Pafos, Cyprus; Dr Alan 'No Relation' Barrett - PhD (2010). Now: Lecturer, University of South Africa; Dr Parry Clarke✝. Leakey Foundation and EU-funded post-doctoral fellow (2007-2008); Petra McDougall - MSc (2010). Now: PhD candidate, University of Calgary; Nicola Forshaw - MSc (2011); Graham Pasternak - MSc (2011). University of Queensland Medical School, Australia (graduated 2015); Natalie Freeman - MSc (2012). ARC Research Assistant; now: PhD candidate, University of Queensland, Australia; April Takahashi - MSc (2012); Jess Sashaw - MSc (2012). Now: Science facilitator. Science World; Alena Matlock - MSc (2013); Brittany Thomas - MSc (2013); Nic Ducheminsky - MSc (2014); Dr Richard McFarland - NRF-funded post-doctoral fellow (2012-2014). Now: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Miranda Lucas - MSc (2014). Now: PhD candidate, University of Lethbridge; Kerri Norman - MSc (2014); Marcus Dostie - MSc (2014). Now: PhD candidate, University of Lethbridge; Nathan Josephs - MSc (2015); Derek Murphy - PhD (2015); Sarah Erskine - MSc (2016). Now: Stats Canada analyst; Anne Jones - MSc (2016). Now: PhD student, University of Lethbridge.

NSERC-Funded Assistants

Nicole Whale (2008, MSc. University of Athabasca), David McCaffery (2009), Ria Boner (2009-2010, Yale University), Tricia Rubi (2010 - PhD University of Minnesota. 2015), Bruce Raphael (2011,. Now: MSc candidate, University of Lethbridge), Tom Rutherford (2011), Jessica Parker (2011. Now: PhD candidate, University of Lethbridge), Michael Amirault (2011), Eric Matlock (2012), Nicholas Collins-Hyrciuk (2012), Jonathan Jarrett (2013. Now: PhD candidate, University of Lethbridge), Karen Lucas (2013), Athenkosi Diba (2013), Kira Roberts (2012-2013. Now: Max Planck Mountain Gorilla Project), Marta Ricart Fincias (2013-2014), Nicola Guthrie (2013-2014, Now: PhD candidate, University of Calgary), Luke Larter (2014, Now: MSc candidate, University of Calgary), Ruth Dada (2014), Rebecca Pinkham (2014-2015), Chloe Angwin (2014-2015), Rachel Stokes (2014-2015), Chloé Vilette (2015-2016. Now: PhD candidate University of Lethbridge), Kathrin Masuch (2015-2016. Now: MSc candidate, University of Vienna), Rosemary Blersch (2015-2016. Now: PhD candidate, University of Lethbridge), Nuria Ferrero (2015-2016), Stephen Morris (2016-2017), Tatiana Bortolato (2016-2017), Lucy Twitcher (2016-2017).

Current Collaborators

Professor Leslie Brown
Applied Behavioural Ecology and Ecosystems Research Unit, University of South Africa
Project: Ecology of vervet monkeys

George Chaplin
Geography, Penn State
Project: Group coordination and distributed cognition in chacma baboons

Drs Peter Fashing/Nga Nguyen
Anthropology, California State University, Fullerton
Project: Social structure and movement patterns in gelada

Professors Andrea Fuller/Shane Maloney/Duncan Mitchell/Dr Robyn Hetem
Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School & University of Western Australia
Project: The regulation of body temperature in social endotherms

Professor Stefan Kienzle
Geography, University of Lethbridge
Project: Spatial processes in baboons and vervets

Dr David Lusseau
The Institute of Biological & Environmental Science, University of Aberdeen
Project: Network structure and social niche construction in baboons and vervet monkeys

Dr Richard McFarland
Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Project: Vervet monkey thermoregulation and sociality

Professor Josephine Mills
University of Lethbridge Art Gallery
Project: Art, perception and complex social change

Dr Hugh Notman/Professor Mary Pavelka
Anthropology, University of Athabasca; Anthropology, University of Calgary
Project: Auditory communication in vervet monkeys

Professor Julia Ostner/Dr Oliver Schülke
Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institute for Zoology and Anthropology, University of Göttingen.
Project: Movement ecology of Assamese macaques

Dr Biren Patel/Dr Nathan Thompson
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California/Stony Brook
Project: Quadrupedal locomotion in baboons and vervets

Dr Thomas Pollet
Social Psychology, University of Leiden
Project: Multi-level analysis and networks

Dr Pamela Qualter
Psychology, University of Central Lancashire
Project: Social engagement and cognition in children

Dr Gert Stulp
Sociology, University of Groninggen
Project: Human behavioural ecology

Professor Anja Widdig
University of Leipzig & Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Project: Male reproductive success in vervet monkeys