Abstracts and Registration Fees


If you would like to present a poster or podium presentation please submit a 250 word abstract to Dr. Julienne Rutherford at ruther4d@uic.edu by September 1, 2012. Additional details will be available at the MPIG website at http://www.mpig.org/. You will need to pay your registration fee at the time of submission (see below).

Registration Fees

Students will need to pay a $15 registration fee; faculty will need to pay a $40 registration fee. Those submitting an abstract must pay at the time of submission (Sept 1st) by sending a check to Dr. Bob Sussman, MPIG Treasurer at Campus Box 1114, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899





1.       Manual Preferences of Wild and Captive Howler Monkeys

                    Dominique Dallas

                   Language and Literacy Lab, University of Michigan, DANTA: Association for Conservation of the Tropics

 2.       How do age differences in Cebus capucinus compare in terms of object manipulation frequency?

                    Faith Stemmler

                    Dept. of Biology, Park University

3.       How Social Status and Gender Affect Agonistic and Affiliative Behavior in Captive Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata)

                     Andrea Blackburn

                     Dept. of Anthropology, Miami University

 4.       Affiliation, Agonism, and Patterns of Association in Savanna Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal—Initial Post Research Impressions

                  Joshua Marshack

                   Dept. of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

 5.       Whinnies, grooming, and estradiol in wild female spider monkeys.

                Michelle A. Rodrigues

                Dept. of Anthropology, The Ohio State University

 6.       Chimfunshi Sanctuary: Discovery of Social Culture

              Mark D. Bodamer, E.J.C. van Leeuwen ,K.A. Cronin, D.B.M. Haun, R. Mundry, I.C. Mulenga

               Dept. of Psychology, Gonzaga University

 7.       The effects of varied risk and reward on orangutan decision-making

               Jesse Leinwand1,2, Marietta Dindo3,4, Erin Stromberg2, Keith Burt1,  Donna Toufexis1

                     1Dept. of Psychology, University of Vermont, 2 Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3 Zoo Atlanta, 4 Mind, Brain and Evolution Cluster, The George Washington University

 8.       Does the type of leafy green in the morning diet of Gorilla gorilla gorilla have an effect on the level of agonism during the day?

               Alison Lovett

               Dept. ofSociology, Saint Louis University

 9.        Functionality in tool use in western lowland gorillas

               Matthew LeFauv

               Dept. of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Canisius College

 10.   The Effects of Pregnancy and Motherhood on a Captive Gorilla’s Behavior

              Chase LaDue

              Dept. of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Canisius College

11.   Western Lowland Gorilla Behavior Development from 0 – 12 Months of Age

              Macy Madden, Lindsey Perkes-Smith, Kelsey Trumpp

             Dept. of Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation, Canisius College 

12.   The Effects of Auditory Enrichment on Gorillas

             Lindsey Robbins, Susan Margulis

             Dept. of Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation, Canisius College

 13.   Insights from a Field Course in Primate Behavior and Conservation

                Lindsey Perkes-Smith, Susan Margulis, Meredith Brown

                Dept. of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Canisius College

 14.   Pointing in interactions with ASL signing chimpanzees

               Christopher Galeucia, Mark D Bodamer

               Dept. of Psychology, Gonzaga University

 15.   Association between cognitive test performance and sexual state of zoo-living chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

               Katherine E. Wagner, Stephen R. Ross

               Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo

 16.   Developing the brain: A potential role for the placenta in hominin brain evolution

        Julienne Rutherford 1,2, Elizabeth Abrams 2, Kate Clancy 3, Victoria DeMartelly 1, Sana Said 2

          1 Dept. of Women, Children, and Family Health Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2 Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 3 Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 17.   Cross-species comparisons of the retrosplenial cortex in primates: through time and neuropil space.

            Mitch Sumner1, Muhammad Spocter2, Patrick R. Hof4, Chet C. Sherwood3, Mary Ann Raghanti1

               1 Dept. of Anthropology, Kent State University. 2 Dept. of Anatomy, Des Moines University, 3 Dept. of Anthropology, The George Washington University, 4 Dept. of Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

18.   Defining the “lean season” and its ecological implications: Effects of seasonality on mass intake and nutrient intake in diademed sifaka (Propithecus diadema).

                Mitchell T. Irwin1, Jessica M. Rothman2, Jean-Luc Raharison3, David Raubenheimer4, Colin A. Chapman5

                     1Dept. of Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, 2Dept. of Anthropology, Hunter College, City University of New York, 3 Dept. of Animal Biology, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar, 4 Institute of Natural Sciences, Massey            University, New Zealand, 5 Dept. of Anthropology and McGill School of Environment, McGill University; Wildlife Conservation Society

19. Differences in Activity Budgets and Social Interactions of Female Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata) with and without Dependent Infants
Margaret Buehler

                   Dept. of Sociology, Saint Louis University

 20.   Inter-Individual Spacing Patterns in Mantled Howlers (Alouatta palliata)

              Brian Schultz

               Dept. of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work, Eastern Kentucky University

 21.   Comparison of Callitrichidae Taxonomy via Phylogenetic and Systematic Analysis

            Katrina Dietz, Marylin Norconk, Walter Hoeh

            Kent State University

 22.   Taxonomy of the Bornean Slow Loris, with New Species Nycticebus (Primates, Lorisidae)

               Rachel A. Munds1, K. A. I. Nekaris2, Susan M. Ford3

                   1Dept. of Anthropology, University of Missouri Columbia, Columbia Missouri, 2Dept. of Anthropology and Geography, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Great Britain, 3Dept. of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois

 23.   Developmental trajectories of microscopic architecture of the vervet monkey placenta

             Julienne Rutherford 1,2 , Victoria DeMartelly 1

                 1 Dept. of Women, Children, and Family Health Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2 Dept. of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago

 24.   Electromyography of chimpanzee mastication: investigating muscle recruitment order.

               Treva Walsh, Ellen Platts, Jose Iriarte-Diaz, Callum Ross

               Dept. of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago