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University of Washington
Animal Behavior Program
(Established 1974)
Educational Program

Director: Michael D. Beecher
Phone: 1 (206) 543-2640   Fax: 1 (206) 685-3157  
Pacific Street and 15th Avenue, Box 351525, Seattle, Washington 98195-1525 UNITED STATES
Department: Department of Psychology
Institution: University of Washington

Mission: The Animal Behavior Program at the University of Washington is dedicated to providing the best possible graduate training in scholarly knowledge, research techniques, theory and actual investigative work with animals both in the laboratory and in their natural habitat or zoological gardens and wildlife preserves. The program leads to the Ph.D. in psychology, with special training in animal behavior including primate social behavior and human ethology. It is administered by the core faculty in animal behavior. One of the great assets of this Animal Behavior Program is the interest and competence of faculty in departments other than Psychology. Cordial, cooperative and conjoint offerings exist in zoology, biology, anthropology, wildlife science, The Conservation Biology Program, the Regional Primate Center, the Center on Human Development and Disability, the Woodland Park Zoological Gardens, Pt. Defiance Zoo, and N.W. Trek Animal Preserve.

Principal Research Programs: The University of Washington Regional Primate Center has a field site in Indonesia and an Infant Primate Laboratory on campus. A conjoint program exists with the Woodland Park Zoological Gardens (Seattle) and primate research is also available at the Point Defiance Zoo (Tacoma). Our primate breeding facility houses over 200 free-roaming baboons and many longtailed and pigtailed monkeys. Also primate research opportunities in the field have been available in Tanzania, Africa (baboons) and other East African countries (vervet monkeys, gorillas).

Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for: Undergraduate, Graduate; Field work opportunities available; Program emphasis: Social behavior; Communication; Reproductive biology; Development; Conservation; Financial support usually available; Note: In addition to the Animal Behavior Programs within the Department of Psychology of the University of Washington, on campus there are a Regional Primate Center, Center on Human Development and Disability, a Conservation Biology Program, and off campus there are the Woodland Park Zoological Gardens, Point Defiance Zoological Gardens, and N.W. Trek Animal Preserve.

Supported Species: Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), Macaca mulatta (rhesus macaque), Macaca nemestrina (pigtail macaque), Papio papio (Guinea baboon)

Comments: The University of Washington has a strong representation of faculty in primatology conducting field, captive and medical research. Its Infant Primate Laboratory and the primate facilities and Woodland Park Zoological Gardens are internationally recognized as the very best. Also, there are opportunities for field research in Indonesia, Africa, and S. America.

Last Updated: 2009-07-08


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