Welcome to ANT 363!

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Welcome ANT 363 students (and any 113 students or other curious viewers!). I am very excited to teach about my favorite topic, Primate Behavior and Biology! I hope over the semester these e-portfolios will allow you to learn from each other (and hopefully teach me a few new things too!). It is an assignment, but I hope you will be able to look at it as a fun activity (web browsing to read the other e-portfolios, primate-related webpages, and looking for cute primate pictures and video all count as classwork now!). I look forward to reading your first Introduction posts as soon as you have them up. You can read more my “About” page for now, but my Introduction post to correspond with the first e-portfolio assignment will be up in the next couple of days!

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About Dr. Michelle A. Rodrigues

I am a primatologist/biological anthropologist who studies comparative social behavior and endocrinology. My dissertation research focused on stress and friendship in female spider monkeys. Most of my graduate research was conducted at El Zota Biological Field Station, with a little help from the spider monkeys at Brookfield Zoo, IL. I have also studied howler monkeys, rhesus monkeys, bonobos, and chimpanzees, as well as participated in studies on gorillas, pachyderms, and big cats. Currently, I am a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois, where I am examining how female friendship and social support mediate stressors experienced by teenager girls and female scientists. I've taught courses in introductory biological anthropology, world prehistory, and co-instructed a field course in primate behavior and conservation at El Zota. I love teaching about primates and evolution!
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