|IG> I grew
up in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Living on the shore of a small lake and close
to a state forest, I became interested in animals at an early age. I earned
a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College,
I continued to develop a keen interest in biology and animal behavior. During
my college years, I worked in a developmental biology laboratory, spent
a summer radio-collaring and tracking Black Bears in North Carolina, and
completed an internship at the New England Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation
clinic in Massachusetts. After graduating from Carleton in 1996, I worked
at the Wildlife Science Center, a wolf research and education facility in
Forest Lake, Minnesota. I also worked as an administrative assistant for
the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) at the Minnesota Zoo.
IG> In 1997, I started a
Ph.D. program in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at
the University of Minnesota.
IG> I study hunting and
meat sharing among chimpanzees.
IG> Many people don't know
that in addition to fruit and leaves, chimpanzees also eat small mammals,
including colobus monkeys, bush piglets and baby bushbuck.
IG> Jane Goodall first discovered
this in 1960, yet even today, chimpanzees' meat eating habits are not
IG> Using 40+ years of
behavioral data, I am trying to determine why the Gombe chimpanzees concentrate
their hunting efforts in the dry season.
IG. When chimpanzees capture
a monkey or piglet, they often share portions of the prey with other chimpanzees.
Why do they share a carcass that they could eat by themselves?
IG. To research this question,
I have completed four separate 3-month field seasons at Gombe. I use video
to break down and analyze the complicated behavior that occurs during
a meat-eating bout.
received his Ph.D. in 2004 and is now working as a post-doctoral fellow
in Anthropology at Harvard University and is still very involved in research
involving the Gombe chimpanzees.