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Allison McNamara wins Johnson Leadership Stipend

Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013

Allison McNamara, a double major in Environmental Studies and Anthropology, has been awarded a Johnson Leadership Experience Stipend to study capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica.

As part of her proposed work, Allison will spend summer 2013 at La Suerte Biological Research Station in northeastern Costa Rica. While there, she will collect behavioral data on both juvenile and adult white-faced capuchin monkeys and record information on activity budget and positional behavior in order to determine differences in tail use and limb use during different developmental stages of the monkeys and how this affects their activity budget.

Senior Kristie Kurtz will be working with Allison to collect data in the field. Dr. Michelle Bezanson of the Dept of Anthropology helped Allison to develop the project and will be working with her on publications after data collection is completed.

Congratulations, Allison, and have fun in Costa Rica!