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Current students:


Claire Sheller (csheller@tulane.edu)

 Claire Sheller attended Appalachian State University from 2001-2005, during which time she traveled with the Anthropology department through Central America in order to study sustainable development. In addition she completed field school in coastal Ecuador, creating a mini-research project on mantled howler monkeys (alloutta palliata). Claire graduated with a B.S. in Anthropology with an interdisciplinary concentration on primate behavior, drawing from Biology, Psychology and Sociology. Shortly after leaving university, Claire traveled to Suriname to work as a research assistant for Dr. Sue Boinski of the University of Florida from May 2005 to May 2006. The long-term, NSF funded project in Raleighvallen (part of the Central Suriname Nature Reserve) focused not only on the behavioral ecology of brown capuchin monkeys (cebus apella), but also neo-tropical forest phenology, genetic diversity, behavioral endocrinology, and animal censusing. Upon returning to the U.S., Claire spent 5 months in Florida volunteering a new world monkey rehabiliation sanctuary called Jungle Friends Animal Sanctuary. While there she had the opportunity to work closely with brown, white-faced, white-fronted, and wedge-capped capuchins, as well as three species of spider monkey, two species of squirrel monkey, two species of marmoset, and two species of tamarin. She was responsible for dietary needs, maintenance and construction of indoor and outdoor enclosures, enrichment and socialization. Claire is currently working on a project with white-faced capuchin monkeys (cebus capucinus) for Dr. Katharine Jack in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica. She will be attending Tulane in the fall of 2007 and hopes to become a canidate for a PhD in Anthropology. Claire will most likely conduct her research on white-faced capuchin monkeys in Santa Rosa as well. She is most interested in the social behavior and development of infants and juveniles as well as behavioral endocrinology.

Kristen Ritchotte-Sardinha


Kristen graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad in the Dominican Republic, attended field school at the Maderas Rainforset Conservancy in Nicaragua, assisted witha biodiversity and endemicity survey in southeastern Madagascar and interned in the Behavioral Department at Chimp Haven, Inc., the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. She rekindled the University of Rhode Island Anthropology Society after a 15-year hiatus and was a founding member of the Alpha Rhode Island Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honor Society.   

     Kristen's research interests surround the physiological costs and benefits of male social dominance and the biological potential to become an alpha male. She will be conducting her doctoral research on some aspect of these topics in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) at Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica.

Lauren Brasington


Former students:  

Valerie Schoof





Bryan Lenz



Andrew Childers

2013. Behavior and reproductive endocrinology of male white-faced
capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in the Santa Rosa Sector of the Area de
Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Ph.D. Dissertation, Tulane University.



2013. The effects of cattle rancing on a primate community in the Central Amazon. Ph.D. Dissertation, Tulane University.



2008. Spatial ecology of Costa Rican white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus): Socioecological and cognitive implications. MA Thesis, Tulane University.