Primate Sensory Behavior

One of the primate species that students will observe during data collection.

Observe the sniffing behavior of different primate species at a rescue center in Vietnam.

Project description

We live in a world filled with information and cues that help us pick what food to eat and find familiar individuals. By studying primate behavior and ecology we can make inferences about how certain morphologies evolved to suit certain environments and what that means for human evolution.

I am seeking two students to participate in field-based research in Southeast Asia in the Summer of 2020 while preparing during the Spring 2020 semester. The students will observe the sniffing behavior of different primate species at a rescue center in Vietnam. Travel, visas, and local food and accommodations are covered. Students will be responsible for personal gear, such as boots, backpacks, and needed vaccinations. 

Project outcome

Students will have the chance to create and present a conference poster and they will be included in the writing of any scientific publications that result from data collected. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Longer than a semester (6-9 months) 
Start time
Spring (January/February)
Summer (May/June) 
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students) 
Benefits Other
Who is eligible Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors 
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

Stephanie Poindexter

Assistant Professor


161 Spaulding Quad (Building 6)

Phone: (716) 645-0427



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Preparation guidance

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