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I am a primatologist and behavioral ecologist with a background in biological anthropology, veterinary medicine, host-parasite ecology, and ethology. My main scholarly interests center around questions of social behavior and how it intersects with other aspects of life as a primate. Specifically, I examine patterns of infection with gastrointestinal parasites in vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) hosts and how they relate to social contact behaviors like social grooming. I also study lesser galago (Galago moholi) distribution and ecology in South Africa with colleagues Ian Ray (PhD student, University of Denver) and Dr. Krista Fish (Colorado College). Further, I am currently advising graduate student Keesha Chetty (Nelson Mandela University) on research examining farmer perceptions of baboon crop raiding in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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