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PhD, Psychology

10+ years experience


She has over a decade of experience in peer-reviewing for academic journals like the American Journal of Primatology, Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Public Library of Science (PLoS) One, Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology, Scientific Reports, and many others. She is an editorial board member for an open-access journal, Animals, from MDPI. She is the author and co-author for 35+ published papers.

Areas of expertise

Zoology, Psychology


PhD, Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
BS, Zoology (honors) University of Wisconsin – Madison

Publication experience

(2016). Chimpanzees’ responses to the dead body of a nine-year old group member. American Journal of Primatology. 78: 914-922.
(2016). Unnatural paradigm calls into question whether macaques’ social decisions represent empathy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 113: E1331.
(2015). Hierarchy is detrimental for human cooperation. Scientific Reports, 5: 18634.
(2015). Bonobos show limited social tolerance in a group setting: A comparison with chimpanzees and a test of the Relational Model. Folia Primatologica, 86: 164-177.
(2014). Effects of transport on fecal glucocorticoid levels in captive-bred cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, 88: 84-88.
(2014). Population-level variability in the social climates of four chimpanzee societies. Evolution and Human Behavior. 35: 389-396.
(2014). Problem solving in the presence of others: How rank and relationship quality impact resource acquisition in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). PLoS One. 9: e93204.
(2013). Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) flexibly adjust their behavior in order to maximize payoffs, not to conform to majorities. PLoS ONE. 8: e80945.
(2013). Review of Chimpanzees of the Lakeshore: Natural History and Culture at Mahale, by Toshisada Nishida, Cambridge University Press. Animal Behaviour, 85: 685-686.
(2013). Responses of chimpanzees to cues of conspecific observation. Animal Behaviour. 86: 595-602.
(2012). Prosocial behaviour in animals: the influence of social relationships, communication and rewards. Animal Behaviour. 84: 1085-1093.
(2012). Neighbouring chimpanzee communities show different preferences in social grooming behavior. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 279: 4362-4367.
(2012). Social dynamics and cooperation: The case of nonhuman primates and its implications for human behavior. Advances in Complex Systems, 15: 1250066.
(2011). Behavioral response of a chimpanzee mother toward her dead infant. American Journal of Primatology, 73: 415-421.
(2010). Prosocial behaviour emerges independent of reciprocity in cottontop tamarins. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 277: 3845-3851.
(2010). Within-species variation in oxytocin is related to variation in affiliative behavior. Hormones and Behavior, 58: 614-618.
(2009). Cooperatively breeding cottontop tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) do not donate rewards to their long-term mates. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 123: 231-241.
(2009). Comparative cognition and neuroscience. In G. Berntson & J. Cacioppo (Eds.), Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences. (pp. 32-55). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
(2008). The effects of unequal reward distributions on cooperative problem solving by cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Animal Behaviour, 75: 245-257.
(2007). Cooperative breeders do cooperate. Behavioural Processes, 76: 138-141.
(2006). One year later: An evaluation of PMC-recommended births and transfers. Zoo Biology, 25: 267-277.
(2005). Cooperative problem solving in a cooperatively breeding primate. Animal Behaviour, 69: 133-142.

Work experience

Editorial Board Member, Animals, An open-access journal from MDPI
Copy Editor for the Daily Cardinal Newspaper, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Editor for St. Francis High School Newspaper, St. Francis High School, Illinois
Senior Animal Welfare Scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo
Faculty Member, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
Research Scientist, Lincoln Park Zoo
Staff Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (The Netherlands) & Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Assay Services, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Studbook Data Analyst, Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Population Management Center
Conservation & Science Department, Lincoln Park Zoo
Associate in Research, Laboratory Manager, Infant Cognition Center, Rhesus Monkey Laboratory, Duke Lemur Center, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University

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