In 2009, the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project established the Digital Laboratory for Primate Behavioral Research at Washington University to archive data from our long term field studies. This laboratory also provides the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to be involved in primate research through volunteer internships, work study positions, and independent study projects.
Past projects have involved screening of video footage recorded at the field site in northern Congo, whereas other studies were based on database queries. Through a strong relationship with the Saint Louis Zoo, it is also possible for students to conduct behavioral studies of primates in Saint Louis. Past research projects have included
chimpanzee development of tool using skills
behavioral responses of different primate species to novel objects
chimpanzee handedness in various tool using tasks
longitudinal study of the bachelor gorilla group at the Saint Louis Zoo
enrichment object use by chimpanzees at the Saint Louis Zoo
behavioral shifts associated with changes in the reproductive status of female chimpanzees at the Saint Louis Zoo
activity budgets and social interactions within the orangutan group at the Saint Louis Zoo
Several of these projects have served as a springboard for undergraduate honors theses and ongoing research projects. Many of our lab members have presented their research at professional conferences and research symposia at the university.
Research opportunities in our laboratory are available each semester. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Digital Laboratory for Primate Behavioral Research, please contact Dr. Crickette Sanz or Dr. David Morgan. For students interested in work study positions, please contact Dr. Crickette Sanz.