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Proyecto Primates Research Program (June 1994 to present)
Field Study in the Americas
Web Site:
Location of Site: ECUADOR, Yasuni National Park

Director: Anthony Di Fiore; Peter Rodman
Phone: 212-998-3813   Fax: 212-995-4014   E-Mail:
25 Waverly Place, New York, New York 10003 UNITED STATES
Department: Department of Anthropology
Institution: New York University

Sponsoring Institution(s): New York University; University of California, Davis

Research Objectives: Begun in 1994, this research program was initiated by researchers from the University of California, Davis for long-term study of the behavior, ecology and population genetics of neotropical primates. Several research projects have been completed at this time: [1] foraging ecology and social behavior of woolly monkeys, [2] comparative locomotor behavior of three ateline primates, [3] seed dispersal by sympatric woolly and spider monkeys, [4] diet and ranging pattern of spider monkeys, [5] cognitive aspects of spider monkey foraging behavior, [6] molecular aspects of ateline mating systems and dispersal patterns, and [7] phenology of the Yasuni forest. Several other projects - on titis, sakis, spider monkeys, woolly monkeys, capuchins, and squirrel monkeys - are currently in progress.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Volunteers and interested potential graduate students should consult the website and then contact Anthony Di Fiore.

Species Studied: Alouatta seniculus (red howler), Aotus vociferans (Spix's owl monkey), Ateles belzebuth (long-haired spider monkey), Callicebus discolor (red titi), Cebus albifrons (white-fronted capuchin), Lagothrix poeppigii (silvery woolly monkey), Pithecia aequatorialis (equatorial saki), Saimiri sciureus (common squirrel monkey)

Other Species at Site: Callithrix pygmaea (pygmy marmoset), Saguinus tripartitus (golden-mantled tamarin)

Last Updated: 2007-04-03

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