Project Details: Monogamous Primates in Amazonian Ecuador

Our research takes place at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador. Since 2003 we have been conducting a field study of the comparative behavior, ecology, and population genetics of saki (Pithecia sp.) and titi monkeys (Callicebus discolor).

There may be opportunities for collecting data on social behavior, foraging, ranging, demographic, and life history data as well as fecal samples for hormonal and genetic analyses from multiple social groups of each species. Other possibilities may exist around monthly plant phenological monitoring and tree and trail mapping.

Any student should be prepared to work collaboratively with our existing research team and conduct field research independently. A love for the outdoors and a high tolerance for the difficulties of field work (ticks, mosquitoes, cold, heat, etc.) are a must. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not necessary. Experience with collecting systematic data in a scientific context is preferred, and a strong interest in primate behavior and ecology a must.

Specific research opportunities may include:

  • Assessment and management of monthly phenological sampling
  • Collection of plant material for nutritional analyses
  • Tracking of non-habituated titi and saki monkey groups
  • Tracking and monitoring of habituated groups
  • Collection of fecal samples for genetic and hormonal analyses