Allison Howard completes field work in Northeastern Brazil

Allison-FieldWork2013Allison Howard completed a ten week field expedition to the EthoCebus field research station in northeastern Brazil, Piauí State. Her research focused on the spatial orientation strategies of bearded capuchin monkeys and the interaction between their movement decisions and environmental features of their home range. Using a tablet computer and WorldView-2 satellite imagery of the area, Allison was able to record capuchin monkey movements at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution.

Data analysis for this project will incorporate habitat suitability modeling, agent-based modeling, and geovisual analytic techniques.This work constitutes Allison’s dissertation research, to be defended in the spring of 2014.