Our next International Primatology Lecture will be given by Dr. Paula Pebsworth, who is an alumna of our graduate program. In her talk, titled "You never know where life will take you: an interdisciplinary and unconventional path", Dr. Pebsworth will discuss her work promoting the coexistence of human and non-human primates and invite us to explore diverse careers in science.
About the speaker: Paula Pebsworth has studied non-human primates in Madagascar, Uganda, South Africa, India, and Saudi Arabia. Her primary research interests are human-primate coexistence and self-medicative behavior. She earned her doctorate from Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute in 2012. She conducted her dissertation research in the Western Cape of South Africa. There, she studied geophagy (aka soil-eating), spatial ecology, and human–baboon conflict.
Subsequently, Paula had a post-doctoral position at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in India. In Himachal Pradesh, she studied human–macaque conflict and the efficacy of non-lethal mitigation strategies to reduce crop foraging. In 2022, Paula coordinated a population estimation and environmental impact assessment of Hamadryas baboons in Saudi Arabia. Further, she recommended short and long-term strategies to the Saudi government, which would potentially reduce human–Hamadryas baboon conflict. Paula is an independent researcher and will continue to work on projects that improve human–primate coexistence using various strategies.
Livestream on CICASP YouTube Channel
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 Japan Standard Time (GMT+9)
In this lecture series, we explore various origin stories as told by famed members of our primatology comunity. Most lectures are live-streamed and archived on our CICASP YouTube Channel.
Unlike most academic lectures, which are usually focused on testing scientific hypotheses, this series is designed to offer a feel for how one becomes a professional in the field of primatology. In a way, we might think of it as a career primer for young primatologists just starting their own journeys into the nether regions of Academia. At the same time, anyone might enjoy the stories told of big dreams, exotic locations and species, and the humanity inherent in forging a new path in life and in work.