Abstract # 22:

Scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 03:40 PM-04:00 PM: Session 8 (Decatur A) Oral Presentation


SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT TERRY TAUGHT ME: CAREER COLLABORATION

M. Hoff1,2
1Dalton State College, Department of Social Sciences, 650 College Dr., Dalton, Georgia 30720, USA, 2Zoo Atlanta
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     From the beginning of my academic relationship with Terry Maple, I was impressed with his emphasis on collaboration and sharing—time, data, relationships and publications. In this presentation, I am going to overview how collaboration has impacted the work I’ve done with captive western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at Yerkes Primate Center and Zoo Atlanta. I began my academic career at a small teaching junior college in NW Georgia where research was tolerated but not encouraged. When I got to the college, I was actively involved in gorilla research, focusing on mother-infant interactions and infant development. I would not have been able to engage in longitudinal gorilla research without the collaborative relationships that I have had over the years. While my college has changed dramatically over the years and now research is embraced, I still need collaborative relationships to continue my research while undertaking more administrative responsibilities at my college. I will examine the beginnings of my gorilla work through the present time, noting the critical collaborative relationships that I have enjoyed through the years that have allowed my research to continue. Additionally, I will overview the way I have been able to bring to my academic career what I learned from Terry about collaboration and sharing.