Studies of living primates, including the behavior and conservation of lemurs in Madagascar, baboons and apes in Africa, and monkeys in Central and South America.
Dr. Crickette Sanz studies the factors which have led to the emergence and promoted the maintenance of behavioral diversity in primates. She is particularly interested in the variation of social organization and material culture that has been documented among wild chimpanzee populations. This pursuit involves field studies and collaborative projects to examine instraspecific variation in the behavioral ecology of wild apes. Dr. Sanz is co-director of the Guoalougo Ape Project in the Republic of Congo.
Dr. Jane Phillips-Conroy studies free-ranging primates focusing on how behavioral, demographic, and ecological variables function to influence population structure. Her past research centered on a long-term study of the hybrid zone between olive and hamadryas baboons in the Awash National Park in Ethiopia (Papio hamadryas, s.l.). Her current research centers on the baboons of Zambia, focusing on multiple hybrid zones between Kinda, Chacma and yellow baboons. The scope of her research extends to fields as diverse as genetics, morphology, endocrinology and neurochemistry. Like others in our department, her research is broad spectrum, integrative, and collaborative.