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Primatologist Elizabeth Lonsdorf shares her ongoing work with wild chimpanzees? and gorillas: a unique long-term project that extends the seminal research? by Jane Goodall and colleagues into the 21st century.
Growing Up Ape:? The Long-term Science of Studying Our Closest Living Relatives
Elizabeth Lonsdorf (Franklin & Marshall College / CASBS at Stanford)
Studying primates offers insight into human evolution and behavior. Modern humans wean years earlier than African apes; this relates to uniquely human behaviors (fertility, brain development, life span...). Yet our understanding of weaning in apes is quite limited. Dr Lonsdorf uses new technology and tools to better understand chimpanzee and gorilla development, and in the process learn more about us. She'll also discuss the legacy of work by Jane Goodall (and the other "Trimates"); and the benefits to her work of this long research view.
This event is co-presented by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where our speaker is currently a fellow.
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Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Biological Foundations of Behavior Program at Franklin & Marshall College. She began studying primates as an undergraduate student at Duke University where she conducted research on percussive foraging in the endangered aye-aye at the Duke Lemur Center. She completed her Ph.D. at the Jane Goodall Institute's Center for Primate Studies at the University of Minnesota, and was the founding director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.
Elizabeth directs Franklin & Marshall’s primate research laboratory, is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and serves on the board of directors for Chimp Haven and the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. She returns annually to Gombe to maintain a research program focused on chimpanzee health and infant development in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute and other collaborators. She is a 02018-19 fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, co-sponsors of this talk.
More about CASBS at Stanford:Since 01954 the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) has been a preeminent national and international locus for cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and transformative thinking and research on some of the most important challenges and issues. Its aim is discovery in the service of advancing social science methods, theories, and topics that address and answer socially significant questions. At the heart of the CASBS enterprise is its residential fellowship program, which attracts the finest minds from psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and related disciplines.
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