IPS ASP Chicago 2016



Thanks to all who entered, and a big thanks to the IPS and ASP Education Committees for giving huge amounts of their time to conduct the first (blinded) round of evaluations! We are pleased to announce the following student competition finalists. Be sure to mark their presentations in your conference schedule once it's released!


Isabelle Clark, Duke University, Tuesday 7-9 Exhibit Hall
“Bamboo cyanide does not protect Hapalemur aureus or Prolemur simus from gastrointestinal parasite infections

Ashley Murphy, NICHD, Tuesday 7-9 Exhibit Hall
“Effects of maternal parity on infant impulsivity in socially housed rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)”

Justin D’Agostino, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Wednesday 7-9 Exhibit Hall
“Vocal self-recognition in captive Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch)”        

Meredith Lutz, Bucknell University, Wednesday 7-9 Exhibit Hall
“Evidence of self-handicapping in captive capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella)”        

Kourtney Phillips, California State University Channel Islands, Wednesday 7-9 Exhibit Hall
“Developmental Differences in Rapid Facial Mimicry in Captive Chimpanzees”        


Hazel Byrne, University of Salford, Monday 11:45 Ballroom
“Phylogenetic relationships of the New World titi monkeys (Callicebus): First appraisal of taxonomy based on molecular evidence”

Nicole Thompson, Columbia University, Monday 6:45 RM 201-203
“Social Influences on Survival in Female Blue Monkeys”

Lindsay Mahovetz, Georgia State University, Tuesday 2:45 RM 324
“The influence of AVPR1A genotype on individual differences in mirror self-recognition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)”

Lauren Robinson, University of Edinburgh, Tuesday 4:15 201-203
“Happiness means welfare in brown capuchins (Sapajus apella)”

Ashley Edes, The Ohio State University, Wednesday 10:00 RM 205
“Does proximity to the silverback increase allostatic load in zoo-housed western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) females?”

Corinna Most, University of California, San Diego, Wednesday 1:45 RM 205
“Ecological factors influence weaning behavior and mother-infant proximity in a troop of wild olive baboons (P. anubis) in the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya”

Michèle Schubiger, University of Zurich, Wednesday 6:00 RM 325-326
“How task format affects cognitive performance: a memory test with two species of New World monkeys”

Monica McDonald, Washington University (St. Louis), Thursday 9:45 Ballroom
“Factors influencing reproductive success in a Kinda x chacma baboon hybrid group in Kafue National Park, Zambia”

Christopher Marsh, Bournemouth University, Thursday 10:15 RM 205
“The effect of 3-dimensional habitats and microclimate changes due to forest degradation on the ranging habits and activities of Sumatran orang-utans (Pongo abelii).”

Alison Wade, University of Auckland, Thursday 10:30 RM 205
“Nesting habitat and plant preferences of free-ranging Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes ellioti) and Cross River Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) in the Mone-Oku Forest, Cameroon”

Erin Kane, The Ohio State University, Thursday 2:30 RM 206-207
“Fecal glucocorticoids, feeding behavior, and sociality among free-ranging female Diana monkeys (Cercopithecus diana) in Taï, Côte d’Ivoire”

Ruppenthal Student Travel Award Winners

The Ruppenthal Student Travel awards were created at the 2005 ASP meeting in Portland, Oregon in memory of Gerry “Rupe” Ruppenthal who had never missed a single ASP conference and often used his own money to make sure students from the Infant Primate Research Laboratory and the University of Washington, where he worked for most of his career, could come with him and experience their first scientific conference.
While there are many great applicants each year, the committee attempts to continue in Gerry’s footsteps and identify students who would otherwise not be able attend the conference and/or experience all that ASP has to offer.
We are proud to announce that we had over 100 applicants for the Joint Meeting of ASP and IPS in Chicago, Illinois.  This year, to accommodate the larger Joint Meeting we are able to double the amount of awards that are typically given.  This year, 10 awards in the amount of $500.00 each have been approved.

The 2016 winners of this award: 

Gupta, Shreejata, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India
Gesture sequences of wild bonnet macaques Macaca radiata in the Bandipur National Park, India

Brown, Tara, Clemson University, USA
Sex does not predict responses to novel foods in captive golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia)

Gogarten, Jan, Department of Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany; Project Group Epidemiology of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany
Factors impacting bacterial gut microbiome community composition in wild non-human primates in Taï National Park, Côte d'Ivoire

Coutts, Natasha, University of Western Australia
Savanna soundscapes: Chimpanzee long calls and competition for acoustic space

Jasso del Toro, Cristina, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Genetic diversity in Mexican mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata mexicana) in continuous and fragmented forests at the Reserva de la Biósfera Los Tuxtlas (Veracruz, Mexico)

Saldana, Amor, Instituto de Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana
Flexibility in male-male relationships according to the perception of risk in wild spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in the Yucatan Peninsula

Nielsen, Molly, Clemson University, USA
Hand preferences do not predict responses to novel foods in the captive golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia)

Abondano, Laura, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Noninvasive monitoring of female reproductive hormones from fecal samples of wild lowland woolly monkeys (Lagothrix poeppigii)

Pozzan Paim, Fernanda, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Does resource availability affect the diet and behavior of the endangered squirrel monkey (Saimiri vanzolinii) at Central Amazonian?

Eschmann, Caitlin, University of Bristol, UK
Social behaviors of blue-eyed black lemurs (Eulemur flavifrons) during the mating season in northwest Madagascar

Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes
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