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Social Behavior in Cebus capucinus (On-going, long-term project.)
Field Study in the Americas
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Location of Site: COSTA RICA, Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve, Guanacaste

Director: Susan Perry
Phone: 310-267-4338   Fax: 310-206-7833   E-Mail:
341 Haines Hall, Box 951553, 375 Portola Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095-1553 UNITED STATES
Department: Department of Anthropology
Institution: UCLA

Sponsoring Institution(s): Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, UCLA and Indiana University

Research Objectives: To test hypotheses about the evolution of social learning, social relationships, and cognitive abilities. The primary research agenda is currently a developmental study (development of social skills, vocal communication, foraging skills and food choice, and acquisition of knowledge about predators and prey). Other on-going projects include studies of the negotiation of social relationships, vocal communication in adults, mating system, the evolution of altruism, life histories of males, and the cognitive underpinnings of coalitionary aggression.

Field Positions and Volunteers: applications for field assistants accepted on a rolling basis. We typically hire 6 people/year, for one-year positions. Before applying, please read the guide for field assistants on the following website:

Species Studied: Cebus capucinus (white-faced capuchin)

Other Species at Site: Alouatta palliata (mantled howler)

Comments: Field assistant applicants are asked to supply the following materials after reading the "Guide" on our website: CV/resume, cover letter, academic transcripts, timetable stating when available for volunteering, and contact information for 3 references including (preferably): someone who has supervised previous fieldwork, a primatologist, and someone who has lived with the applicant in a cooperative living situation. 12 month minimum commitment required

Last Updated: 2007-02-27

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