kingo munches on kongwasika roots in swamp

Kingo, a silverback western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), feeding on Hydrocharis vegetation, Mondika Research Centre, Republic of Congo – PC: Ian Nichols all rights reserved








Research Grants

  • Professional Development Fund, 2007, The Graduate School, Stony Brook University
  • General Research Grant, 2006, The Leakey Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • Small Research Grant, 2002, Rebecca Jean Andrew Memorial Award, Miami University
  • Small Research Grant, 2001 Undergraduate Summer Scholars Award, Miami University

Invited Lectures

  • Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2017, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Ape evolution, behavioral ecology, and cultures 
  • The New Children’s Museum, 2016, West Hartford, CT, Do you want to study gorillas in the wild? The real story of field research
  • Department of Anthropology, Evolution, Cognition, and Culture Seminar, 2010, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Female dominance relationships in wild western gorillas
  • Department of Anthropology, Brown Beer Seminar, 2008, Yale University, New Haven CT, Female social relationships in wild western gorillas

Clip from BBC Film, Secret Gorillas of Mondika









Lab Work

  • Nutrient Analysis of Primate Foods, 2007, Nutritional Ecology Lab, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Trained and supervised by Nancy Conklin-Brittain

Field Work

  • Research Assistant, 2015, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Collected Saltugilia plant specimens in CA and data on Phlox pollination events in CT
  • Dissertation Research, 2003-2006, Mondika Research Center, Republic of Congo
  • Pilot Study of Capuchin Vocalizations, 2002, El Zota Biological Station, Costa Rica

Research Collaboration and Consulting

  • Research Specialist, 2018, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, Gorilla nutritional ecology.
  • Research Consultant, 2018, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Gorilla ranging.

Professional Service

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, 2013, The Leakey Foundation
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, 2010, Behaviour
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, 2009, Evolutionary Anthropology


Academic Honors

  • Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Zoology, 2002, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Honorable Mention, 2002-2003,Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation

Computer Skills

  • Proficient in: PC/Mac, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Keynote, SPSS, Google Docs/Sheets/Maps, EndNote, Papers, Adobe Lightroom, ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, WordPress
  • Programming languages: R
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