Lindsey Warshawski

Lindsey Warshawski
Program

MA student

Supervisor

Ammie Kalen

Themes

Evolution and ecology

I am a master’s student working under the supervision of Dr. Ammie Kalan with a focus on the themes of evolution and ecology.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology (Honours) from UVic in 2021. My honours research focused on the interrelatedness of primate-human relationships that emerge in shared landscapes. Integrating themes of historical ecology and ethnoprimatology, my research took a longitudinal and holistic look at the anthropogenic modifications occurring in spider monkey (genus Ateles) and chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) habitats. I analysed how these primates respond to environmental modifications, and how humans might alleviate or exacerbate anthropogenic effects. Prior to completing my degree, I worked with a Bolivian NGO that rescues and rehabilitates wildlife. In Bolivia, I worked to provide spider monkeys (Ateles chamek) rescued from the illegal pet-trade with as healthy and natural life as possible in their intended habitat.

For my master’s research, I am excited to combine my passions for library-based academic research and field-based primatological research. I am interested in primate social behaviour and flexibility in social organization and interactions. My thesis will explore the social and ecological variables of chimpanzee communication. I will investigate vocalizations pertaining to feeding behaviours in the Rekambo community of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) in Loango National Park, Gabon.