"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."
- E.B. White
- E.B. White
I received my doctoral degree from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey (USA) in May 2021. Officially part of the Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, I created an interdisciplinary research project working under advisor Dr. Erin R. Vogel in the Anthropology Department. I also worked alongside faculty of Medicine (University of Florida, USA), Biology (Universitas Nasional, Indonesia), Forestry and Veterinary Medicine (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia). My research explored the physiological consequences of rehabilitation and release in endangered primates by examining, monitoring, and comparing protein balance, energetics, stress, and immune-responsiveness in wild, rehabilitated, and released orangutans. The project took place in Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation's (BOSF) Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Centre as well as BOSF's Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest. There, reintroduced orangutans are monitored long-term. Data from a wild orangutan population studied at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station was included for comparison. With the knowledge gained from my doctoral research, I hope to provide crucial insights towards releasing critically endangered animals and build a health plan for orangutan rehabilitation and release that will maximize their survival and fitness in the wild.
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (CISA) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Working under Primary Investigator Dr. Thibaud Gruber, I will investigate tool use in Western Ugandan chimpanzees at the Bugoma Primate Conservation Project, as it relates to food availability and energetics in an ever changing landscape.
Overall, I seek to preserve, protect, and restore wildlife and the natural environment. I believe this is best achieved through diverse, equitable, and inclusive collaborations both locally and globally.