A graduate student plays with Loulis through the glass

CHCI Graduate Students

 

Amanda Carner

Amanda Carner

Amanda Carner

I received my B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010. During the summer of 2009, I volunteered at an orangutan rehabilitation center in Borneo, Indonesia. Following graduation, I spent 3 months in Washington, DC as a Primate Behavior Intern at Smithsonian National Zoological Park. As a graduate student, I am interested in gestures and the social behaviors of captive and rehabilitated orangutans.


Susie Keenan

Susie Keenan

Susie Keenan

I'm from Pennsylvania and I attended the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York for my undergrad in Psychology. At RIT, I learned American Sign Language and became involved with the Deaf community. I also became involved in research on the natural gestures of captive orangutans and object discrimination in goldfish. In the future, I hope to study gestures, American Sign Language, and comparative cognition.


Meg Mas

Meg Mas with Dar

Meg Mas

I graduated from CWU last June, with a B.S. in Primate Behavior and a B.A. in Psychology, and I came back this fall as a graduate student in the Primate Behavior Program. I am originally from Miami, Florida and I moved to Washington a few years ago to attend CWU and work at CHCI. My current interests include imaginary play, deception, and gestural communication of great apes.


Julie Reveles with Tatu

Julie Reveles

I earned my undergraduate degree in Primate Behavior and Ecology and Anthropology from Central Washington University. I have been a part of the docent program since I started at CHCI 3 years ago and am passionate about captive primate issues. My research interests are visitor effects and ape language research.


RyAnn Stafford

RyAnn Stafford

RyAnn Stafford

I received my B.A. in Anthropology from Boise State University, and have always been concerned with primate issues. As a graduate student at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, I am interested in studying correlations between communicative behavior and environment, as well as primate conservation.


Savannah Schulze

Savannah Schulze

Savannah Schulze

I received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota-Morris and spent the last two years working as a field assistant with mountain gorillas and conservation issues in Uganda. As a graduate student at the Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute I am interested in social behavior, communication, and gestures in great apes.


Kaeley Sullins and Loulis

Kaeley Sullins with Loulis

Kaeley Sullins

I received my B.S. in Primate Behavior and Ecology and B.A. in Anthropology from Central Washington University. I moved here from Watsonville, California in 2010 to study both human and non-primates and work at CHCI. I'd like the main focus of my research to promote the welfare of captive non-human primates.


Lisa Wilding

Lisa Wilding with Tatu

Lisa Wilding

I received my BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. My passion is gorilla communication. I studied gorilla dialects, for my honors thesis, both gesturing and vocalization in western lowland gorillas and Virunga Mountain gorillas. My masters thesis will research semanticity in mother-infant gorilla communication.