The Primate Behavioral Ecology Lab serves as the on-campus home for University of Oregon field based research programs in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation. This includes research on bonobos at Lomako Forest Reserve (DRC) and free ranging lemurs at St. Catherine’s Island (USA) directed by Dr. Frances White and wild lemurs directed by Dr. Anne Millhollen, as well as studies on red shanked doucs at Son Tra Nature Reserve (Vietnam) directed by Dr. Larry Ulibarri. In addition, this lab shares close ties with the Ting Lab in the Molecular Anthropology Group, whose members have conducted primatological work at various field sites including Kibale National Park (Uganda), the Udzungwa Mountains (Tanzania), Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary (Ghana), and the Gamba Complex of Protected Areas (Gabon).
The Primate Behavioral Ecology lab houses a dedicated GIS computer with large digitizing tablet and software for statistical analysis and a RAID data storage system for large primatology data sets and teaching resources. This lab is used by graduate students, undergraduate students, and visiting scientists in primatology.
Undergraduate students can work with faculty and graduate students on a wide variety of primate behavior projects from those based on data analysis to observation and behavioral projects of captive or wild primates. Student researchers regularly present their results at the UO Undergraduate Symposium and at national meetings.