Abstract # 2296 Event # 11:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2007 09:45 AM-10:15 AM: Session 3 (North Main Hall F/G) Symposium


A. Savage1, T. E. Ziegler2 and J. A. French3
1Disney's Animal Kingdom, Department of Education and Science, PO Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA, 2Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, 3University of Nebraska at Omaha
     This presentation will summarize and highlight the primary contributions of Chuck Snowdon to primatology. These contributions are particularly impressive, since he was essentially a ‘self-taught’ primatologist. Upon arrival as an Assistant Professor at Wisconsin, his research credentials were in the area of the physiology of ingestive behavior in rats. His initial primate work at Wisconsin addressed questions of vocal communication – a theme that continues to date. Chuck’s contributions to this field include one of the first demonstrations of categorical perception in animals, the potential role for vocal traits to unravel questions of taxonomy in primates, and the demonstration of early vocal plasticity that may be a primate analog to human infant ‘babbling’. In the area of reproduction, Chuck’s work highlighted the role of social factors regulating reproductive function, and the important role of hormones in mediating social, sexual, and parental behavior. His commitment to conservation and conservation science is demonstrated by his support of students and colleagues who are conducting science and conservation outreach in habitat countries.