Shallu Prasher

Honors B.Sc., double major in Biology and Anthropology, University of Toronto, 2015

I am a graduate student working with Dr. Mitch Irwin to obtain my M.A. in physical anthropology. In my academic career thus far, I have studied a wide range of topics related to primate behaviour, including communication and space use. My master’s thesis will combine lemur ecology and behaviour by investigating the effects of varying degrees of habitat fragmentation on the social behaviour of the diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema) population at Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar. I hope this research will give us more insight into how primates respond to ecological variation and help to promote the importance of conserving wildlife habitats.



  • Space use in captive western lowland gorillas (G. g. gorilla): Effects of age, sex, and dominance
  • Effects of age and sex on tactile communication in captive western lowland gorillas (G. g. gorilla)
  • Intergroup and intragroup vocalizations in wild mantled howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata)
  • Target animacy and hand use laterality in captive G. g. gorilla
  • Positional behaviours of captive lion-tailed macaques (Macaca silenus)