Past and present lab members range from undergrads to postdocs with diverse backgrounds both culturally and academically. At some point or another, we've represented Canada, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Chechia, Spain, the UK, Chile and Brazil. We investigate topics like the role of parasites in social systems evolution, wildlife health in anthropogenic landscapes, and the origins of disgust, under the framework of more general interests in behavior, ecology and evolution.
I'm a behavioral ecologist working predominantly on the intersection between animal behavior and parasitism. My work has taken me to field sites in Central America, West Africa, East and Southeast Asia and even Antarctica, where I've studied mainly primates but also seabirds (penguins) and a few other species over the years.
Graduate Student (MSc)
I'm a graduate student at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute studying the relationship between sociality and parasite transmission, and how parasites complete their life cycles in wild hosts. Methods exploration and improvement are also important in my work. I mainly study Japanese and rhesus macaques and their intestinal parasites, using them as a model to understand similar systems and ecological relationships.
On hygiene and disgust, my research investigates parasite avoidance strategies in primates and other animals through field and lab experiments, behavioral observations and parasitology. Better understanding infection-risk avoidance behaviors has implications for conservation and public health strategies by informing the design of interventions important in disease control, as well as mitigating human-wildlife conflict.
Graduate Student (DSc)
Originally trained as a veterinarian, I've always been passionate about wildlife and conservation. I'm deeply interested in wildlife, disease ecology, and the intricate relationships and dynamics that structure ecosystems. Such research provides a foundation for efficient management and decision making for conservation, and an inexhaustible source of motivation for me.
Graduate Student (MSc)
Previously, I worked in the Little Fireface Project as a research assistant and later as a wildlife trade officer. Now, I study the relationship between hot spring bathing in Jigokudani Japanese macaques and their parasites and microbiome. Non-human primates fascinate me, and I have broad interests in their behavior, ecology, physiology, trade and conservation.
coming soon ...
With a background in Environmental Biology (University of Saskatchewan), my most recent research (Cardiff University and the Danau Girang Field Centre) focused on prey communities associated with Asian water monitor lizards in undisturbed forests and oil palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo. My future research (KUPRI) continues with a generalist species in a unique and biodiverse environment, examining the effects of invasive raccoon dogs on ecological communities on Yakushima, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, including their associated parasitology.
*joining us in fall 2021
JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
I am interested in how human activities impact animal behaviour and physiology, and their consequences on ecosystems. This includes habitat disturbance but also wildlife trade. My research uses tools like movement ecology and non-invasive biomarkers to investigate human-wildlife co-existence. I've mostly studied free-ranging wild animals, but also animals rescued from trade. My research has always been oriented towards concrete topics to improve biodiversity conservation and management. I collaborate with government agencies, NGOs and academia.
My research focuses on animal sexual communication: how females and males exchange & perceive information through behavioral, visual, auditory, and olfactory traits to determine when and with whom they should mate to maximize their fitness. While my previous work has mostly taken me to study non-human primates, my latest project has focused on humans.
Internship Student (BSc)
I’m an intern at the Primate Research Institute and an undergrad in Biomedical Science at the University of Kent. Anthropogenic disturbance in biological systems is an increasing issue for wildlife populations, largely concerning sudden environmental change. My studies approach this by looking at gastrointestinal parasites infecting wild Sika deer on Yakushima island.
Internship Student (BSc)
I'm a Biological Anthropology undergraduate at the University of Kent investigating human-monkey interactions within the confines of a wild animal park in Japan's mountains. My work examines the daily activities of provisioned, wild monkeys that spend a substantial amount of time near humans, as well as the nature of the relationship between the two.
Julie Duboscq (PD @University of Strasbourg Institute of Advanced Studies / JSPS PD @KUPRI: 2013-2017) - Connecting the dots: linking host behavior to parasite transmission and infection risk
Barbora Kubenova (JSPS PD @KUPRI: 2017-2019) - Infant handling and social integration of infants and juveniles in wild Japanese macaques
Valeria Romano (PhD Student @University of Strasbourg / JSPS PD @KUPRI: 2013-2019) - Primate Social Networks as a Trade-off between Information and Disease Transmission
Liesbeth Frias (DSc Student: 2014-2019) - Host-Parasite Systems Dynamics in Human-Modified Habitats
Jade Burgunder (PhD Student @University of Strasbourg: 2013-2018) - Complexity in Behavioral Organization: a novel approach to assessing clinical outcomes of parasitic diseases
Xavier Meyer (PhD Student @University of Strasbourg / Research Associate @KUPRI: 2013-2018) - Does complexity in behavioral organization allow seabirds to adapt to changes in their environment?
Surdensteeve Peter (MSc Student @Universiti Malaysia Sabah: 2018-2020) - The diversity and distribution of parasitic protozoa in primates of the lower Kinabatangan Flood Plain
Elodie Thomas (MSc Student @University of Strasbourg: 2013) - Influence of nematode parasites on stress of Koshima macaques (Macaca fuscata)