Postdoctoral Research Associate

E-mail: maryjka@utexas.edu

Twitter: @maryjkablas

Website: http://maryjka.strikingly.com/

Maryjka is interested in why individuals in primate societies show consistent differences in their behavioral tendencies, or why – from an evolutionary perspective – primates and other animals have personalities. For her dissertation at New York University, she used field experiments and naturalistic behavioral observations to examine the ecological correlates of individual variation in traits such as ‘boldness’ and ‘sociability’ in wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) in South Africa. Currently, she is working on individual differences in sociospatial behavior in white-bellied spider monkeys, Ateles belzebuth, at Tiputini, as well as conducting genetic research on brown spider monkeys, Ateles hybridus, from Colombia.