Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
B.S., University of North Carolina, Greensboro
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I am broadly interested in wildlife conservation and conducting research to better inform management of vulnerable species and ecosystems. My current research is on predator ecology, including how large carnivores respond to different levels of human intervention and how sympatric carnivore species interact spatially, with a focus on jaguar (Panthera onca) and ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). I spent this past summer (2019) collecting camera trap data in the Bolivian Amazon, both in and around the Madidi National Park.
Email: courtney.anderson [at] yale.edu
Office: Greeley Laboratory, room 119
School of Forestry & Enviro Studies
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Capuchinos de Taboga, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (2017-2018) – Capuchins are notoriously intelligent and charismatic monkeys. They also have the largest brain-to-body ratio of any non-ape, making them an interesting subject to evolutionary anthropologists. I was the camp manager and research assistant for this nacent project, where we habituated a group of white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) and
collected social and ecological data.
Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program, Bioko, Equatorial Guinea (2015-2016) – I was a field assistant at a remote camp in the scientific reserve that makes up the southern portion of the island of Bioko, in EG.
The research had two foci. One was on primates, which we surveyed periodically in a long-term
monitoring program that assesses poaching impacts. The other was based on sea turtles, four species of which nest along the beaches of the reserve and are also heavily hunted. We monitored sea turtle
activity and took data on their nesting ecology.
Throughout my undergraduate education at University of North Carolina at Greensboro I was involved in several different projects, including looking at metal tolerance in aquatic bacteria after coal ash spills,
tracking bat migrations using acoustic stations along the NC coast, and investigating possible sand fly
attractants to mitigate disease transmission.