PhD Candidate

E-mail: kelseyellis@utexas.edu

Twitter: @KelsoEllis

Website: http://www.monochorongo.com/

Kelsey is interested in grouping dynamics and consensus decision making in nonhuman primates. Her dissertation research examines how kinship, homophily (the attraction of individuals to others of similar age and/or sex), reproductive status, and range use influence the grouping patterns of woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii) at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Amazonian Ecuador. To determine which of these factors has the most predictive power in explaining association patterns in woolly monkeys, she combines field observations with molecular genetic methods and social network analysis.