Background

I am a biological anthropologist who studies primate ecology and conservation.  My research examines the consequences of defaunation for plant and animal communities and explores how humans perceive and become motivated to protect their natural environment.

I am developing a long-term research site in Cameroon's Korup National Park (KNP), where I conducted my fieldwork for my Ph.D., to explore the interaction between humans and their environment.  KNP is a tropical rainforest protected area located in a region that has long been recognized for its exceptionally high levels of plant and animal (especially primate) species richness and endemism and is home to some of Africa's most endangered primates.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the  Department of Sociology and Anthropology at James Madison University, in Virginia.  Courses I teach include Introduction to Biological Anthropologyy, Primate Ecology, Primate Behavior, and Primate Conservation Biology.  I earned my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and was a student of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology.

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