Animal Behavior Laboratory

McCowan Laboratory Staff

Behavior Management Program, CNPRC

The Behavioral Management Program is scientifically based program that implements the CNPRC Primate Well-being Plan for the California National Primate Research Center and both monitors and guides the enrichment of each colony. Behavioral evaluation in the program includes: (1) behavioral monitoring and social management of outdoor North and South colonies; (2) behavioral monitoring of indoor colony; (3) evaluation of social and environmental enrichment efficacy; (4) development of strategies to reduce behavioral problems (e.g., nursery rearing, positive reinforcement training, efficacious enrichment activities); and (5) investigator/project-driven behavioral assessments of colony and project animals (e.g., abnormal behavioral assessments for targeted project animals).

The Behavioral Management Program is comprised of the Program Supervisor, Staff Research Associates, and Laboratory Assistants.

Amy Natham

Social Networks Laboratory Assistant

Amy performs behavioral observations by monitoring, recording, and analyzing social interactions between nonhuman primates in large group enclosures for the social network analysis projects at the CNPRC. She conducts research on social aggression, affiliation, and stability of breeding corrals.

Alison Vitale

Social Networks Laboratory Assistant

Alison performs behavioral observations by monitoring, recording, and analyzing social interactions between nonhuman primates in large group enclosures for the social network analysis projects at the CNPRC. She conducts research on social aggression, affiliation, and stability of breeding corrals.

Allison Barnard

Social Networks Laboratory Assistant

Allison performs behavioral observations by monitoring, recording, and analyzing social interactions between nonhuman primates in large group enclosures for the social networks and health projects at the CNPRC. She conducts research on the impact of social aggression, affiliation, and stability on the health outcomes of breeding corral residents.

Ryan Kimbell

Social Networks Laboratory Assistant

Ryan performs health assessments and behavioral observations by monitoring, recording, and analyzing social interactions between nonhuman primates in large group enclosures for the social network analysis projects at the CNPRC.