HC241H - Knowing and Saving our Relatives: Primate Ecology and Conservation (Spring/2024)

Professor: Larry Ulibarri

4.00 credits

  • CRN 34937: Monday & Wednesday, 12:00-1:20pm @ PLC 248
  • CRN 32040: Monday & Wednesday, 4:00-5:20pm @ 192 ANS

Primates are our closest relatives, and many are on the edge of extinction. Conserving primates and their habitats requires an understanding of their ecology. We will explore the diversity and complexity of primate ecology and behavior, including elements of social, feeding, and reproductive ecology, as well as features of primate life history and how primates interact with their environments. We will engage with a variety of different theoretical models and research methodologies used to explore and understand primate ecology, and to conserve primates. Through writing assignments, group discussions and presentations, we can explore the application of ecology to conservation, and develop reasoned solutions to conservation issues through a demonstration of basic principles of primate behavior. We will actively engage in mock primate field research as a means to explore and debate study design, methodology, data analysis, and data presentation. Through these exercises, you will develop fundamental skills in primatology, including how to critically analyze and assess primatological literature and methods, and the challenges and urgency involved in conservation around our world.