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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.
Please visit my ResearchGate page at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brandi-Wren