Individual behaviors, perceptual, sensory, and cognitive abilities are essential to understanding how an animal survives in the wild. In addition to how various groups live today in this changing world, we can learn from the varying conditions certain behaviors evolved and how extinct species once lived. My work in recording behavior, reconstructing ancestral states, morphological and navigational analysis have contributed to our general understanding of behavioral ecology in a nocturnal primate. This includes the evolution of social organization in Lorisiformes, physical ontogenetic variation, and the cognitive capacity of wild and captive populations. Building on my past work I plan to take a whole animal approach to addressing two questions: 1. How do primates engage with their environment, conspecifics, and other organisms? 2. How did adaptive behaviors and morphologies evolve to facilitate successful behavioral ecology?
1. Behavioral Socioecology and Evolution
a. Behavioral plasticity
b. Reconstructing the ancestral condition.
2. Movement Ecology
a. Locomotor behavior and limb morphology
b. Ranging behavior and spatial cognition
3. Sensory Morphology and Ecology
a. Nasal morphology and airflow dynamics
b. Olfaction sensory drive.
a. Post-release monitoring.
b. Biodiversity surveys.