Small populations of threatened primates occur in increasingly fragmented tropical forest habitats. Population sizes are declining rapidly in some areas. In our lab we study the ecology and behavior of primate species and associated taxa from the Atlantic forest of Brazil to learn more about their ecological, demographic and behavioral needs and apply findings towards developing and prioritizing science-based conservation action. We are in need of interested and capable students to help with mapping the spatial location of key behaviours in golden-headed lion tamarins (an Endangered Brazilian primate) in relation to daily path, resource acquisition, habitat use, sociality and territoriality among other factors that influence why individuals use space in particular ways.
Students will produce maps in ArcGIS using data from previously collected databases and carry out appropriate spatially explicit statistical analyses under supervision of the lab PI or graduate students.
EEB, Geography, Physical Anthropolgy, Environment or anyone with related background. Student should be experienced and interested in biodiversity or animal behaviour studies and GIS analyses. Proficiency with Microsoft Excel’s advanced functions and ArcGIS software is necessary. While not required, understanding of Portuguese is helpful as some databases contain words in Portuguese.
Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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