Robyn Nakano

Robyn Nakano

PhD student


Ammie Kalan


Evolution and ecology

I am a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Ammie Kalan in the Great Ape Behaviour Lab. I received my Bachelor of Arts and Science from McGill University in 2021 with major concentrations in biology and anthropology, and a particular focus on archaeology. I joined the GAB lab in 2021 to conduct my MA research on chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing and I am looking forward to continuing this work in a PhD starting in September 2023. In my research, I take a landscape approach to study the chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing behaviour from an archaeological perspective. I am interested in investigating the transmission of this rare behaviour and its potential symbolic significance.