Department: Life Sciences School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2011
The diverse student body and small class size.
Anatomy, Physiology, Ecology, Genetics, and Foundations of Scientific Processes.
I'm an evolutionary biologist studying primate behavior, particularly primate sociality and sexuality to determine how behaviors contribute to increasing an animal's reproductive success. My dissertation focused on female mating strategies in long-tailed macaques, monkeys native to Southeast Asia. As a post-doctoral scientist at Columbia University, I examined kinship and cooperation in blue monkeys.
I was drawn to the field of life sciences by the work of Jane Goodall. In 1960, she traveled from England to Tanzania at age 26 to study wild chimpanzees. She continues to work today as an environmental activist for endangered species and as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
I got my Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and lived there for eight years. In the Netherlands, I rode my bike everywhere. Holland is very flat and everyone from ages 3 to 91 rides a bike for transportation. I also really enjoyed the scenic canals.
Point of Fascination
I think monkeys are some of the most interesting things you can studyeven more interesting than humans sometimes.