Abstract # 227:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2006 01:00 PM-01:15 PM: Session 22 (Regency East #1) Oral Presentation

Macaques to Mangabeys/Field Station to Fieldwork: Saluting a Colleague and Collaborator

C. L. Ehardt
Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1619, USA
     In introducing the symposium honoring one of primatology's outstanding mentors, Irwin S. Bernstein, I reflect over our 25 years as colleagues, delineating his contributions as mentor to his students, as well as to me through our professional collaborations. I summarize what I have witnessed in the contexts of our collaborative teaching and committee service: progression of each of the participants in this symposium from beginning graduate student, to doctoral candidate, to highly contributory professional in primatology - a progression directly contributed to through the mentoring style, personal research pursuits, and critical understanding of primatology which have characterized my colleague's career. The value of these contributing characteristics is discussed - both with respect to his students, as well as in relation to my own research. For the latter, conservation ecology data for the Sanje mangabey Cercocebus sanjei and Highland mangabey Lophocebus kipunji of Tanzania are summarized. The first year-long ecological study of an habituated group of Cercocebus sanjei in the Udzungwa Mountains documents ecological similarities to other Cercocebus taxa, and contrasts with members of the other mangabey genus Lophocebus. These data, as well as collaborative analyses of molecular data for the recently discovered and Critically-Endangered Highland mangabey, are then utilized to argue the importance of broad-based primatological research, such as that presented throughout this symposium, to achievement of effective conservation of primates in the world's biodiversity hotspots.