The graduate program in Primate Behavior at Central Washington University provides the only opportunity for students to earn an MS degree in Primatology in the United States.

The program focuses on interdisciplinary, problem-oriented, broad-spectrum knowledge relating to primates, with a particular focus on conservation issues. Students entering the program will be exposed to coursework and practical experience in the areas of anthropology, biology and psychology and will have opportunities to conduct sanctuary, zoo, and/or field research under the guidance of faculty mentors. The program serves students who will enter the work force for employment in sanctuaries, zoos, field research, conservation agencies, or teaching, or who will continue on to Ph.D. programs.

This collection features theses from Master of Science students in the Department of Primate Behavior Graduate Program at Central Washington University.

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Theses from 2018

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Use of a Two-Action Paradigm Apparatus with Captive Lemurs: Insights into Social Learning, Carly Batist

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RE-EVALUATING CAPTIVE CHIMPANZEE "DOMINANCE": DOMINANCE HIERARCHY AND CHIMPANZEE-CAREGIVER RELATIONSHIPS AT CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY NORTHWEST, Jake Funkhouser

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SINGLE AND PAIR HOUSED CHACMA BABOONS’ (PAPIO URSINUS) RESPONSE TO CAREGIVERS’ USE OF SPECIES-SPECIFIC BEHAVIOR, Josefine Holm

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COMPARISONS OF CAPTIVE GIBBONS’ (HYLOBATIDAE) INTRAPAIR BEHAVIORS INDICATIVE OF THE PAIR BOND, Samantha Jones

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ENRICHMENT ASSESMENT FOR GERIATRIC AFRICAN OLD WORLD MONKEYS UNDER HUMAN CARE, Amanda E. Osborne

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Preparing The Yucatan Black Howler Monkey for Its Return to The Wild: An Assessment of Wildtracks' Approach to Rehabilitation and Reintroduction, Blanca Ponce

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The Impact of Web-Based Visitor Education on Human-Tibetan Macaque (Macaca thibetana) Interactions at Mt. Huangshan, China, KiriLi Stauch

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Response of Three Species of Monkeys to Caregiver Use of Species-Typical Behavior, Lillian Anna Stolar

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Gorilla Life-Stage Comparison of Head Orientation, Lisa Wilding

Theses from 2017

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A comparison of seedling diversity and abundance in the range of howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in Bocas del Toro, Panama, Erin Connelly

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The Social Behavior of Rehabilitated Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi), Anthony Denice

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Mother-Infant Interactions in a Free-Ranging Population of Pigtail Macaques (Macaca nemestrina), Emily Dura

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COMPARISON OF SEMI-CAPTIVE AND WILD GRAY-SHANKED DOUC LANGURS’ (Pygathrix cinerea) ACTIVITY BUDGETS, Hilary Hemmes-Kavanaugh

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Mother-Offspring Relationships in Tibetan Macaques (Macaca thibetana) at Mt. Huangshan, China, Courtney Martinez

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Captive Chimpanzees' (Pan troglodytes) Night-Time Enrichment Selection and Use, Katherine M. McDonald

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Collective Decision Making in Tibetan Macaques: How Followers Affect the Rules and Efficiency of Group Movement, Amanda Rowe

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Family Dynamics in Eastern Hoolock (Hoolock leuconedys), Javan (Hylobates moloch), Pileated (H. pileatus) and Northern White-Cheeked Gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys) at the Gibbon Conservation Center, Alexandra Sheldon

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Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Space use in a Sanctuary Setting, Holly Soubiea

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ENRICHMENT USE & SOCIAL INTERACTIONS IN A MIXED-SPECIES ENCLOSURE OF SUMATRAN (Pongo abelii) & BORNEAN ORANGUTANS (P. pygmaeus) & NORTHERN WHITE-CHEEKED GIBBONS (Nomascus leucogenys), Emily Veitia

Theses from 2016

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Reaction to Stimulus Figures in Chimpanzee Drawings, Alexandra Bobrinskoy Casti

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Comparison of Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes) Behavior on Tour and Non-Tour Days at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, Allison A. Farley

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Analysis of FY Promoter and Hepatocystis Load in South African Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus Aethiops), Benjamin J. Gombash

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Play in Immature Tibetan Macaques (Macaca Thibetana): Location, Use of Play Signals, and Play Bout Termination at Mt. Huangshan, China, Kaitlin R. Wright

Theses from 2015

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Javan Gibbon (Hylobates moloch) Non-Vocal Social Communication and Gesture Use With Conspecifics, Melanie Bell

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A Comparison of Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes) Responses to Caregiver Use of Positive Reinforcement Training (PRT) and Species-Specific Behaviors (SSB), Whitney D. Emge

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Female Social Connectivity through the Leadership and Movement Progression of Tibetan Macaques at Mt. Huangshan, China, Gregory P. Fratellone

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Sexual Behavior of Immature Tibetan Macaques (Macaca thibetana), Anne Salow, R. Steven Wagner, Mary Radeke, and Joseph Lorenz

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Provisioning and Its Effects on the Social Interactions of Tibetan Macaques (Macaca Thibetana) at Mt. Huangshan, China, Brianna I. Schnepel