Dr Lydia M. Hopper

I am the Assistant Director of the Lester E Fisher Center for the Study & Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, USA. It is my role to help with the design, coordination, and running of our in-house behavioral and cognitive research with our chimpanzees, gorillas and Japanese macaques. I am also Chair of Lincoln Park Zoo's Institutional Review Board. In addition to my role at the Zoo, I am an adjunct Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, USA, and an Honourary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. 


Recent publications:

Cronin KA, Jacobson SL, Bonnie KE & Hopper LM (2017). Studying primate cognition in a social setting to improve validity and welfare: a literature review highlighting successful approaches. PeerJ, 5,e3649.

Hopper LM (2017). Cognitive research in zoos. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 16,100-110.

Jacobson SL, Hopper LM, Shender MA, Ross SR, Leahy M & McNernie J (2017). Zoo visitors' perceptions of chimpanzee welfare are not affected by the provision of artificial environmental enrichment in a naturalistic exhibit. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research 5(1), 56-61. 

Howard LH, Wagner KE, Woodward AL, Ross SR & Hopper LM (2017). Social models enhance apes' memory for novel events. Scientific Reports, 7, 40926.

Hopper LM, Shender MA & Ross SR (2016). Behavioral research as physical enrichment for captive chimpanzees. Zoo Biology, 35(4), 293-297.














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