Past Lab Members

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Past Graduate Thesis Advisees and Postdocs   

Dr. Maren Huck 
Ph.D, Postdoctoral fellow (2010-2012)
Fatherhood and paternal care in socially monogamous owl monkeys (Aotus azarai)

Paul Babb
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania (2007- 2012)
Doctoral Dissertation: “Molecular Evolution of Vasopressin and Oxytocin Receptor Genes in Owl Monkeys (Aotus azarai azarai) of Northern Argentina: Implications for the Evolution of Monogamous Social Behavior.”  Co-Advisor with T.G. Schurr
pbabb@sas.upenn.edu

John Lindo
MA Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania (2010)
Thesis: “Sexually dimorphic calls in the owl monkey (Aotus azarai): Evidence for an alarm function against adult replacement”
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology,University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
JLindo1@illinois.edu

Andrea Spence-Aizenberg
MA Biological Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania (2010)
Thesis: “Affiliative behaviors in pairbonded red titi monkeys (Callicebus discolor)”
Ph.D. Student, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
aspence@sas.upenn.edu

Natalia Ceresoli
Ph.D. Candidate, Biology (2003-2007)
University of the Northeast, Argentina
Doctoral Dissertation: “Conservation and Ecology of Mammals in the Argentinean Chaco”

Christy Wolovich
Ph.D. Biology (2006),
University of Miami
Doctoral Dissertation: Pair Formation and Food Sharing in Captive and Free-Ranging Owl Monkeys.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, MacMurray College
ckwolovich@gmail.com

Past field research assistants 

Ria Boner (2014)
University of California
Formosa, Argentina

Silvy van Kuijk (2014)
Oxford Brooks University (MSc 2013)
Formosa, Argentina

Avery Twitchell-Heyne (2013)
Rice University (2015)
Formosa, Argentina

Katherine Morucci (2013)
University of Pennsylvania (2015)
Formosa, Argentina

Past Undergraduate Thesis Advisees

Amanda Savagian (2014)
Senior Honor Thesis,
University of Pennsylvania
savagian@sas.upenn.edu

Annick McIntosh
Senior Honor Thesis, Haverford College (2010)
Thesis Variation in the prolactin receptor gene and paternal care behavior in Aotus azarai azarai”
Advsor: T.G. Shurr.

Morgan L. Gustison
Senior Honor Thesis, University of Wisconsin (2009)
Thesis: “Social Monogamy: Proximity Maintenance and Foraging Patterns in the Wild Argentinean Owl Monkey (Aotus azarai azarai).
Advisor: Dr. C. Snowdon.

Ryan Hodge
Senior Honor Thesis, Rutgers University  (2008) 
Thesis: “Pair formation and pairbond maintenance in wild owl monkeys.”
Advisor: Dr. R. Palombit.

Marina Giménez
Bachelor’s Thesis, University of Buenos Aires  (2004)
Thesis: “Seasonal changes in the diet of Argentinean Owl Monkeys” .

Jennie Lau
Undergraduate Thesis, 
U.C. San Diego (2003) 
Thesis: “Heterologous amplification and diversity of microsatellite loci in three owl monkey species (Aotus azarai, A. lemurinus, A. nancymaae)”

Past Student Research Advisees

Gabriel Carrillo Bilbao, (Universidad Central del Ecuador)
Katherine Corogenes, (University of Pennsylvania, C’11)
Rachel Gittelman, (University of Pennsylvania, C’11)
Ben Jones, (University of Pennsylvania, C’11)
Rodrigo Osvaldo Delgado, (Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina)
Alberto Perez Bogado, (Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina)
Adriana Torres, (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)
Maria Rakhovskaya, (Doctoral Student, University of Pennsylvania)

Student Research Assistants

Since 1997, nearly 100 students from the US and another 100 from Argentina, England, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brasil, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ecuador, Holland, Paraguay, Perú and Sweden have volunteered in the project, including three teams of Earthwatch volunteers and two of the University of California Research Expeditions Program.

2013 OMP team

summer 2013 OMP team

2013
Avery Twitchell-Heyne, March-December (Rice University)
Katherine Morucci, May-December (University of Pennsylvania ’15)
Alex Ghanem (University of Pennsylvania ’15)
Stephanie Hernandez (University of Pennsylvania ’14)
Amanda Savagian (University of Pennsylvania ’14)
Britney Vazquez (University of Pennsylvania ’14)
Alysen Vilhena (University of Pennsylvania ’14)
Rodrigo Osvaldo Delgado (Universidad de Tucumán, Argentina)
Adriana Torres (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)
Alberto Perez Bogado (Universidad de Tucumán, Argentina)
Ely de la Rosa (Escuela de Guardaparques de Misiones, Argentina)
Dena Clink (University of California-Davis, United States of America)

2010
Magdalena Svensson (Oxford Brooks University, England)
Ely de la Rosa (Escuela de Guardaparques de Misiones, Argentina)
Dena Click (USA)
Alberto Perez Bogado (University of Tucumán, Argentina)
Ben Jones (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Katherine Corogenes (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

2009
Magdalena Svennson (Oxford Brooks University, England)
Griette van der Heide (Wageningen University, Holland)
Rachel Gittelman (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
John Lindo (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Marcela Benitez (Yale University, USA)
Jose Carlos Sanchez Ferrer (Mexico)
Sainatee Suarez (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Flurina Wartmann (University of Zurich, USA)

2008
Paul Babb (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Lourdes Boero (University of Cordoba, Argentina)
Andrei Chtcherbine (Fundación Perito Moreno. Argentina)
Gabriela Fontanarrosa (University of Tucumán, Argentina)
Jonatan Gomez (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Morgan Gustison (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Ryan Hodges (Rutgers University, USA)
David Inart (University of the Northeast, Argentina)
Gabriela Luna (Colombia)
Juan Pablo Perea (Florida International University, USA)
Alberto Perez Bogado (University of Tucumán, Argentina)
Griette can der Heide (Wageningen University, Holland)
Dario Zuleta (University of Salta, Argentina)

2007
Harold Castano Salazar (Colombia)
David Iriart (University of the Northeast, Argentina)
Shenaz Khimjii (Oxford Brooks University, England)
Martin Ortiz (University of the Northeast, Argentina)
Juan Pablo Perea (Florida International University, USA)
Alberto Perez Bogado (University of Tucumán, Argentina)
Amparo Perez Rueda (University of the Northeast, Argentina)
Vanessa Ross (Central University of Washington, USA)

2006
Pablo Aristide (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Mariano Barros (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Matias Mastrangelo (National Parks Administration, Argentina) Carola Milozzi (University of Cordoba, Argentina)
Maria Rakhoskaya (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

2005
Abel Adorno (University of Formosa, Argentina)

2004
Jose Israal Aragon Romero (Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Peru)
Celia Baldovino (University of Cordoba, Argentina)
Marcio de Morais (Universidad Federal de Vicosa, Brasil)
Yamil Di Blanco (University of San Luis, Argentina)
Liliam Ferre (University of Tucumán, Argentina)
Mercedes Gavilanes (Pontifícia Universidad Católica, Ecuador)
Ingrid Holzmann (University of La Plata, Argentina)
Maria Alejandra Lacaze (Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Colombia)
Flavio Moschione (Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina)
Luciana Oklander (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Joanna Rodriguez (Pontifícia Universidad Católica, Ecuador)
Marilu Ruiz Luna (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru)
Gilda Ticona (Universidad Amazónica de Pando, Bolivia)

2003
Maria Soledad Araujo (University of the South, Argentina) Rodrigo Arcos (Ecuador)
Pablo Aristide (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Vanesa Astore (BioAndina Foundation)
Mariana Marcelo Barros (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Jorge Alberto Blanco (Pilcomayo National Park, Argentina)
María Marta Borro (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Gabriel Carrillo (Ecuador)
Alejandro Feged (Colombia)
Marianela Velilla Fernandez (Organización Guyra, Paraguay)
Pascal Gagneux (San Diego Zoo, USA)
Romina Ghirardi (Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Argentina)
Diego Orlando Jara Zaquelli (University of Formosa, Argentina)
Hugo José Jara Zaquelli (University of Formosa, Argentina)
Gabriela Lepera (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Noelia Lonné  (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Luke Matthews (New York University, USA)
Jesus Mollinedo (Bolivia)
Rene Ariel Ocampo (Argentina)
Miyriam Rodriguez (University of Formosa, Argentina)
Gustavo Rotta (Universidad del Litoral, Argentina)
Rodolfo Angel Ruiz (University of Formosa, Argentina)
Meredith Taylor (USA)
Christy Wolovich (University of Miami, USA)
Lourdes Perez (Organización Guyra, Paraguay)

2001
Ingrid Verhoeckx (University of Toronto, Canada)

1999
Chris Wemmer (Smithsonian Institute, USA)

1998
Vanessa S. Clores (USA)
Steve Heydon (University of California, USA) Terry Lee (USA)
Velma I. Shirk (USA)
Charles Veitch (England)
Joes (Universtiy of California, USA)
Robert L. Anderson (USA)
Miriam Winkler Anderson (USA)
James P. Blackmon (USA)
Sara Burch (USA)
Maigee Chang (USA)
Kate Y. Maurer (USA)
Leah Melber (USA)
Roberty Murphey (University of California, USA)
Guillermo Placci (Argentina
Malcom L Shirk (USA)

1997
Clay Abney (USA)
Suzanne Barthold (USA)
Susana Bravo (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina) Eleonora Filipelli (Uruguay)
Al Flanders (USA)
Jennifer Granick (USA)
Yukari Kai (Japan)
William R. Purdy (USA)
Todd Tschimperle (USA)
Julian Almeida (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Andres Austegui (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Veronia Soifer (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Angela Tizon (USA)
James P. VanSteenkikste (USA)
Eduardo Varela (University of Formosa, Argentina)

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