Research

I am interested in the broad topic of primate behavioral ecology. Under this umbrella, my research focuses on primate behavioral plasticity and the interactions between human and non-human primates.

My dissertation explored the interactions between tourists and the eight species of monkeys present in Raleighvallen, Suriname. In addition, I have researched the impact of tourism on white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and worked on a field study of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) in Raleighvallen.

My master’s thesis investigated interactions between male brown capuchins (Cebus apella) in Raleighvallen. Surinamese brown capuchins have much more tolerance for each other than other populations of brown capuchins.

For future research, I am interested in continuing to look at effects of tourism on primate populations and behavior, and investigating how interactions with nonhuman primates affect tourists’ views of wild animals and conservation.

To view a poster I presented at the 2011 meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) entitled "Creating sustainable primate-based tourism: a view from the Central Suriname Nature Reserve" click here (pdf, 1.86 MB).