My start. I fell in love with primates a number of years ago, as a naive linguistic's student at Glendon College, York University. Having begun volunteering for two incredible professors, before I knew it I was being shipped off to Des Moines, IA to volunteer as a summer intern, working with Kanzi and his bonobo family.
The experience changed my life. Subsequently, I spent three summers working with the apes, care staff and researchers in what is perhaps the best Midwestern city (that is my completely biased opinion). I have been fortunate to interact with another species in ways that many only dream about.
I have studied Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and participated in a number of international conferences, presenting linguistic analyses for ape-human discourse. I have spent multiple summers in the field, participating in research and data collection within ecological, behavioural and conservation contexts.
Welcome! I'm so happy you stumbled onto my site. I am currently working on my M.Sc. under the supervision of Dr. Sarah E. Turner at Concordia University.
I am excited to further pursue a career in Primatology. I am interested in primate ecology, particularly in social relationships and behavioural adaptations.
My research will focus on decision-making strategies in foraging by a large group of Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) on Awaji Island, Japan. I am curious to learn which social and non-social variables most influence the decision-making patterns observed.