Capuchin Artwork

Sasha Collins was working with the SoCap Lab this semester and created this art piece on social learning in capuchins. Thanks Sasha!


APE Lab Postdoc Gita Gnanadesikan was selected as a finalist in the Allee Competition and will giving her presentation on Characterizing the Heritability of Cognitive and Behavioral Traits Across Development in Domestic Dogs at the ABS 2024 Conference in June!

Socap Honors Thesis

SoCaP Senior Elizabeth Whiteside earned highest Honors for her thesis titled: “Uncovering Menopause in Tufted Capuchin Monkeys (Sapajus apella): Analyzing the Relationship between Estradiol, Aging, and Behavioral Estrus in a Captive Population.” Congrats Elizabeth!


SoCap Graduate Student Evan Cunningham was recently awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to investigate innovation, behavioral flexibility, and social learning in wild capuchins. Congrats Evan!

Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Emily Wroblewski, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington University, visited the APE Lab and gave a fantastic guest lecture on MHC Immunogenetic Responses to Endemic Malaria Infection in Humans, Bonobos, and Chimpanzees.


On April 8th, members of the APE Lab gathered to watch the 2024 Solar Eclipse!


In March, Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf and Evan Cunningham both gave presentations at the 93rd Annual American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA) meeting. 



Members of the APE Lab excelled at the 6th Annual South Eastern Evolution & Behavior Meeting this fall! The day included talks from Dr. Gita Gnanadesikan,  Evan Cunningham, and Dr. Jessica Deere, as well as a poster session with projects by Nicole Furgala, Bre Myers, and Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf. Dr. Marcela Benitez and Nicole Furgala also served on the 2023 steering committee.



Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf has been elected as a 2023 Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society. Congratulations!

FIRST Postdoctoral Fellowship

Gitanjali Gnanadesikan was awarded a FIRST Postdoctoral Fellowship and will be joining the SoCaP Lab in Fall 2023. Congrats and welcome Gita! 

Incoming Graduate Student Cohort

So happy to welcome an incoming cohort of grad students to the APE Lab. Welcome Federico Sanchez Varga, Giuliana Centofanti, and Amber Shaw! 

Anthropology Outstanding Junior Award

SoCaP Junior Elizabeth Whiteside was selected for this year’s Anthropology Outstanding Junior Award. Congrats Elizabeth! 

SoCaP Honors Thesis

SoCaP Senior Atlas Moss earned highest Honors for their thesis titled Thesis titled: Vocal Recognition and Social Knowledge in captive Tufted Capuchin Monkeys (Sapajus apella). Congrats Atlas! 

New Publication in Nature

New publication alert from the GAB lab! Widespread extinctions of co-diversified primate gut bacterial symbionts from humans:

Emory & GA Tech AI Humanity Grant

Dr. Benítez was awarded an inaugural Emory & GA Tech AI Humanity grant with Dr. Jacob Abernethy to develop a smart computer testing system for studying cognition in wild capuchins. Congrats! 

NSF Dissertation Grant

SoCaP Grad Student Sarah Kovalaskas received an NSF Doctoral Improve Grant for her dissertation research on the effect of intergroup competition on affiliation, oxytocin, and group cohesion in these wild white-faced capuchin monkeys. Congrats Sarah!