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OWL MONKEY PROJECT RESEARCH TEAM – Formosa, Argentina

Marcelo Rotundo
Project Manager,
Proyecto Mirikiná
Secretary,
Fundación ECO
Cecilia Juárez
Biologist,
Proyecto Mirkiná,
PhD Candidate,
U. Tucuman
Victor Dávalos
Field Assistant and
Data Manager
Proyecto Mirikiná
Ernesto Ruiz Guiñazú
Treasurer,
Fundación ECO
Analía Vaudagna
President,
Fundación ECO

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS

Maren Huck, Ph.D. (2010-2012)
maren_huck@gmx.net

Research Focus: Life-history analysis and patterns of biparental care in owl monkeys of the Argentinean Chaco, German Research Foundation.


GRADUATE STUDENTS

Paul Babb
(2007- present)
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology,
University of Pennsylvania
pbabb@sas.upenn.edu

Doctoral Dissertation: “Molecular Evolution of Vasopressin and Oxytocin Receptor Genes in Owl Monkeys (Aotus azarai azarai) of Northern Argentina: Implications for the Evolution of Monogamous Social Behavior.”
Co-Advisor with T.G. Schurr

Margaret Corley
(2010- present)
Ph.D. Student, Anthropology,
University of Pennslyvania
mcorley@sas.upenn.edu

Cecila Juárez (2006- present)
Ph.D. Candidate, Biology,
Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
cecijuarez@arnetbiz.com.ar

Doctoral Dissertation:“Demography and Metapopulation Dynamics of Owl Monkeys in the Argentinean Chaco”.

Sam Larson (2010- present)
MA student, Anthropology,
University of Pennsylvania
larsonsa@sas.upenn.edu

Research interests: The evolution of prosocial and antisocial behaviors in nonhuman primates and humans; the environmental context in which cooperation evolves; and the social norms that govern decision making.

Andrea Spence-Aizenberg (2010- present)
Ph.D. Student, Anthropology,
University of Pennsylvania
aspence@sas.upenn.edu 

Research interests: The physiology and evolution of social monogamy; the evolution of paternal care; the physiology of parental behavior; and the social development of infants. 
 
CO-ADVISED STUDENTS

Rio Pilaga, Argentina

Kevin Burke (2009-present)
Ph.D. student, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
burkevin@sas.upenn.edu

Doctoral Dissertation: “Life histories in social networks.”
Advisor: C.R. Valeggia

Andy Gersick (2009-present)
Ph.D. student, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
agersick@sas.upenn.edu

Doctoral Dissertation: “Communication in Hyenas”.
Advisor: R. Seyfarth

Amy Porter (2006-present)
Ph.D. Student, Anthropology, University of California, Davis
spizaetusornatus@gmail.com

Advisor: Lynne Isbell

Noah Snyder-Mackler (2008-present)
Ph.D. Student, Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
snydern@sas.upenn.edu

Doctoral Dissertation: “Behavioral Ecology of Geladas.”
Advisor: R. Seyfarth

UNDERGRADUATE THESIS ADVISEES

Rio Tiputini, Ecuador

Michael Drake (2012)
University of Pennsylvania
mdrake@sas.upenn.edu
Senior Thesis: “Density and abundance of howler monkeys in the humid Argentinean Chaco”. 

Kelsy Schoenrock (2012)
University of Pennsylvania
kelsis@sas.upenn.edu
Senior Honor Thesis: “Fecal cortisol levels in male owl monkeys and paternal care behavior “.  
 

COLLEAGUES

Anthony Difiore, Ph.D.
Anthropology,
University of Texas, Austin

Tony and I met while we were both graduate students at UC Davis. For many years, we dreamed about joining efforts to do research and training in anthropology and primatology in Latin America. In 2002, we initiated a long-term research program to understand the socioecology of monogamy, pairbonds and parental care in New World primates. We now study together titis, sakis and owl monkeys in Tony’ primary field site in the Amazon rainforests of Yasuní National Park, Ecuador and in the Owl Monkey Project’s site in the Chaco.

To read more about the Project: LINK (Tony does not have page for the monogamous project, the link should be to something we publish)

Claudia Valeggia, Ph.D.
Anthropology,
University of Pennsylvania

My colleague and spouse, Claudia and I have run parallel research paths since we met at the University of Buenos Aires where we studied together memory and learning in crabs.  Since then we have always collaborated on numerous projects. Together, we founded the Fundacion ECO in 1999, with the aim to promote education in Argentina. At her field site in Formosa, Claudia conducts Reproductive Biology research with the Toba and Wichí of the Argentine Chaco. Her knowledge about hormones, behavior, and life-history and her Reproductive Ecology Laboratory at Penn  have been instrumental in the success of my research endeavors.

Diego Golombek, Ph.D.
Universidad Nacional del Quilmes.

Horacio de la Iglesia, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Brenda Bradley, Ph.D.
Yale University

Nick Mundy, Ph.D.
Oxford University, United Kingdom

Theodore G. Schurr, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Hans Erkert, Ph.D.
University of Tubingen, Germany

Sian Evans, Ph.D.
Dumond Conservancy for Tropical Forests and Primates, USA

Mark N. Coleman, Ph.D.
Midwestern University

Alfred Rosenberg

Rudy Rudran
Smithsonian