About

At the Beckman Institute at University of Illinois. Photo taken by Doris Dahl.
With female bonobo Lady at the Columbus Zoo. Picture taken by Ashley Edes

I am a primatologist/biological anthropologist who studies comparative primate social behavior and endocrinology. My research focuses friendship, social networks, and stress in monkeys, apes and humans. My graduate research was conducted at El Zota Biological Field Station, Costa Rica with a little help from the spider monkeys at Brookfield Zoo, IL. I followed that research with research on comparative social networks of bonobos at the Columbus Zoo, chimpanzees at the North Carolina Zoo, and postdoctoral research with the Clancy Lab, T.A.L.L. Lab, and Beckman Institute at University of Illinois, examining friendship and the impact of social environment on health in humans, focusing on the experiences of women of color in science. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor at Marquette University in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, where I am initiating new projects focused on #DecolonizePrimatology and recognizing the range of human-primate interactions across wild and captive contexts. I hope to eventually initiate student-driven research at the Milwaukee County Zoo, as well as new research on the impact of human activities on spider monkeys in Costa Rica.

I’m currently teaching Introduction to Biological Anthropology at Marquette, and will be developing some new courses! I love teaching about primates and evolution!

You can contact me at michelle.rodrigues@marquette.edu, or find me on twitter  @MARspidermonkey. You can go to my blog spidermonkeytales.blogspot.com  to read old entries about my masters and dissertation research, as well as current blog entries!

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