M.S. in Biology, 2015, University of Minnesota
B.S. in Biology, 2014, University of Minnesota
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I am a 3rd year doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences. I am broadly interested in understanding how primates and other mammalian frugivores influence the composition and structure of tropical forests through seed dispersal. My dissertation will aim to integrate data on animal movement and foraging behavior to understand how primates distribute seeds and nutrients within their home ranges. With this research, I aim to demonstrate how certain frugivores can influence the composition of tropical forests as both effective seed dispersers and vectors of nutrient transport.
I obtained my B.S. and Master of Biological Science degrees from the University of Minnesota. As an undergraduate, I examined the influence of influence of seasonal rainfall patterns on olive baboon (Papio anubis) reproduction in Tanzania. I then traveled to the Atlantic Forest of Paraguay throughout my master's program to conduct demographic assessments of capuchin monkeys (Sapajus cay) with camera traps. I have also worked as a research assistant at the Cayo Santiago Biological Research Station in Puerto Rico and at the California National Primate Research Center to help examine the evolution of social systems in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).
Email: emily.briggs [at] yale.edu
Office: 10 Sachem Street, Rom 305
Department of Anthropology
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New Haven, CT 06511 USA