Conservation Resources

Here is more information for some of the conservation issues I will be addressing in class:

Common Names for Palm Oil (Philadelphia Zoo)

Foods Containing Palm Oil 

Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center

Orangutan Shot by Poachers Submits to Exam

Palm Oil: The Other Kind of Oil Spill 

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Sustainable Shopper App (Cincinnati Zoo)

Orphan Bonobo at Lola Ya Bonobo

Lola Ya Bonobo

Ebola Virus Claims 61 Lives in Guinea 

The Anthropology of Ebola

Deadly Ebola Virus on the Move in Africa

Coltan Mining and Eastern Congo’s Gorillas

Can Cell-Phone Recycling Help African Gorillas?

Virunga Park Director Shot in Ambush

IUCN Redlist

Top 25 Most Endangered Primates

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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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