Currently, I am a fourth year Anthropology Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis working with Dr. Jane Phillips-Conroy. I recently participated in a baboon trapping study in Kafue National Park. Specifically, from May-June 2011 our research group trapped Kinda baboons in and around Chunga, the northern part of the park, and from May-June 2012, we trapped Kinda x Grayfoot hybrid baboons near Ngoma, the southern part of the park.
I am currently undertaking my dissertation fieldwork in Ngoma, the southern part of Kafue National Park, where I am investigating the external appearance, social organization, mating strategies, and genetics of one kinda x grayfooted chacma baboon hybrid group (Papio kindae x P. ursinus griseipes), as well as the mechanisms and dispersal patterns that best explain baboon hybridization there.
As part of this dissertation research, I am currently habituating this hybrid group and have radio collared two individuals to facilitate the tracking and habituation of this group. Once habituation is complete, I will be collect behavioral data as well as fecal samples for genetic analysis.