Abstract # 13319 Event # 40:

Scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019 01:30 PM-03:30 PM: (Room 313) Workshop


M. A. Norconk1, J. P. Capitanio2, P. A. Garber3, L. A. Isbell2, S. J. Schapiro4 and K. B. Strier5
1Department of Anthropology, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242, USA, 2University of California, Davis, 3University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 4University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Bastrop, 5University of Wisconsin, Madison
     Primatologists pioneered the long-term approach to animal behavioral and ecological research. Emphasis was placed on knowing animals individually, valuing life-history approaches, and comparing multiple generations. The benefits of long-term commitments are clear: more reliable data, better insight, and stronger impact on conservation and student training. Five primatologists who have planned and successfully maintained long-term research programs, sites, and student training will share their perspectives and discuss challenges in launching and maintaining successful projects. Most panelists in this session have invested in their projects for 20 years or more. How do they maintain enthusiasm, funding, and intellectual curiosity? What advice could they provide for young primatologists who may want to develop projects that have staying power? The panelists will be John Capitanio (UC Davis and California National Primate Research Center: BioBehavioral Assessment program), Paul Garber (La Suerte field schools, Costa Rica; research in Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and China), Lynne Isbell (long-term field research in primate behavior and ecology in Kenya; student training), Steven Schapiro (Project Monkey Island and Primatologists Without Borders) and Karen Strier (Brazilian student training and conservation). Through presentations and discussion, panelists will describe their projects—how they started, how they addressed hurdles, and their strategies for maintaining the projects.