Lab Director: Katharine Jack
Current Graduate Students
Margaret Buehler joined our Ph.D program in August 2017. She completed her masters degree at Northern Illinois University, with her thesis “Inter-sexual social interaction in wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Costa Rica.She is interested in male-female social interaction, particularly relative to reproductive state and hormone concentrations. She would also like to examine social response to environmental degradation and a GIS analysis of long-term home ranging patterns at Santa Rosa.
Lauren Brasington is a Ph.D. candidate who began our program in 2012. She is currently writing her dissertation, which focuses on intersexual conflict, particularly female counterstrategies to infanticide.
Gillian King-Bailey joined our PhD program in 2014 and conducted her research in Santa Rosa National Park. She is now writing up her results and completely hormone analyses at the Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology in Primates, with Dr. Stacy Tecot. Gillian’s project, entitled “Socioecological correlates of androgens and glucocorticoids in female white-faced capuchins”, examines how androgen and cortisol levels are related to variation and individual behavior and reproductive success in female white-faced capuchins. Gillian’s research is funded by grants from the Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation, International Primatological SocietyStone, Sigma Xi, American Philosophical Society (Lewis and Clark Fund), Tulane’s Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology, and SLA Dean’s Summer Merit Program. While in residence at Tulane she enjoys mentoring youth through MentorNOLA, Each One Saves One, and leading Girls in STEM at Tulane (GiST) workshops. She is from northern California and graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from Sonoma State University.
Claire Sheller is a Ph.D candidate, currently writing her dissertation while teaching courses at Tulane University. Dissertation title: The emergence of sex-typical behaviors in juvenile white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Guanacaste, Costa Rica: Social and biological factors. Her research was funded by the Leakey Foundation as well as Tulane’s Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology, and SLA Dean’s Summer Merit Program.
Current undergraduate lab members:
Zachary Bisconti, Class of 2020, is from Lynnfield, Massachusetts who is double majoring in Anthropology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is assisting Prof. Jack in her project examining the role of the major histocompatibility complex in the mating and dispersal patterns of the white-faced capuchin population in Santa Rosa National Park.
Nathalie Clarke, Class of 2020 is from Paris, France, interested majoring in Anthropology. She is assisting Professor Jack in her research examining the role of the major histocompatibility complex in the mating and dispersal patterns of the white-faced capuchin population in Santa Rosa National Park.
Stephen Cortese, Class of 2018. Double majoring in neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Stephen received a CELT Summer Student/Faculty Research award in 2016 to assist on our lab project entitled “Primate Health Responses to Extreme Drought in Northwestern Costa Rica”.
Former Graduate Students:
Bryan Lenz, Ph.D. 2013; The effects of cattle ranching on a primate community in the Central Amazon; Current Position: Director, Bird City Wisconsin and Chief Scientist at Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Valerie Schoof, PhD. 2015; Behavior and reproductive endocrinology of male white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in the Santa Rosa Sector of the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica; Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biology, York University
Kristen Ritchotte, M.A. 2015
Zdanna King, M.A. 2009
Andrew Childers, M.A. 2008
Former undergraduate lab members:
Aaron Friedman Class of 2016. B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science.
Mikayla Stern-Ellis Class of 2017. Double major in Biological Anthropology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Interested in joining my lab?
Undergraduate students should make an appointment to meet with me. All students must be able to commit to a minimum of 3 hours of work per week. Duties will vary with skill levels and interests, but it is my intent that lab interns will gain skills in data input, management, analysis, and presentation. My goal is to work with each of you to help you gain skills needed to engage in successful research and, eventually, publishing the results in academic journals. Independent study credit is possible.
Graduate students who enter our doctoral program under my guidance are expected to conduct field research at my long term study site in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica. While I am primarily interested in having students who would like to collaborate on research on white-faced capuchin monkeys, I am also open to comparative studies that focus on the other two primate species at the study site. Our capuchin project has been on-going since 1983, and student projects are vital to the maintenance of this long term study. If you are interested in applying, please contact me via email and include a brief description of the type of research that you are interested in pursuing.