People

ABRP field team in 2012ABRP's team of field assistants and staff in 2012

Project Directors

Susan Alberts

Susan Alberts

Susan Alberts is a Director of the project. Dr. Alberts is a Bass Fellow and Professor in the Department of Biology at Duke University. She works on questions at the interface of behavior, life history, demography, and genetics.

 

Jeanne Altmann

Jeanne Altmann

Jeanne Altmann is a Director of the project. She founded ABRP with Stuart Altmann in 1971. Dr. Altmann is currently the Eugene Higgins Professor Emerita and a Senior Scholar in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She is interested in a range of questions in ecology, physiology and evolution.

 

Beth Archie

Beth Archie

Beth Archie is an Associate Director of the project. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at University of Notre Dame. Beth is interested in the evolution of social relationships, especially as they pertain to health and disease. She is also interested in the evolution and ecology of the microbiome. 

 

Jenny Tung

Jenny Tung

Jenny Tung is an Associate Director of the project. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and a Faculty Associate of the Duke Population Research Institute at Duke University. Jenny uses genetic and genomic tools to shed light on behavioral and evolutionary questions.

 


Senior field team

Raphael Mututua

Raphael Mututua

Raphael Mututua is ABRP's most experienced Senior Observer and is our Project Manager in Amboseli. He has been working for the project since 1981 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of our data collection and other activities at our field site.

 

Kinyua Warutere

Kinyua Warutere

Kinyua Warutere is the second-most experienced Senior Observer. He been with the project since 1996.

 

 

Long'ida Siodi

Longida Siodi

Long'ida Siodi is our newest Senior Observer. He has been with the project since 2009.

 

 

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Junior field team

Gideon Marinka

Gideon Marinka

Gideon Marinka helps to manage our fleet of vehicles and is an assistant to the senior field team. He has been with the project since 1991. 

 

 

Benard Oyath

Benard Ochieng’ Oyath

Benard Ochieng’ Oyath is an assistant to the senior field team. He is responsible for many computer-related tasks in our field camp in Amboseli. He has been with the project since 2009. 

 

 

Alex Meloimet

Alex Meloimet

Alex Meloimet is the newest member of the Junior Field Team. He is an assistant to the senior field team. 

 

 

 


Nairobi-based staff and collaborators

Tim Wango

Tim Wango

Tim Wango manages the hormone lab at the University of Nairobi and provides logistical support with permit applications, shipping samples, and several other items in Nairobi.

 

Vivian Oudu

Vivian Oudu

Vivian assists in preparing fecal samples for hormone analysis, and helps Tim with logistical support in Nairobi.

 

 

Mercy Akinyi

Mercy Akinyi

Mercy Akinyi is a veterinarian and research scientist in Kenya. Her research interests are focused on quantifying disease prevalence and understanding the sources of variance in disease risk among natural populations of non-human primates.

 


US support staff

Karl Pinc

Karl Pinc

Karl helped design and implement our online, long-term database called BABASE. Karl is involved with the day-to-day maintenance of the site, as well as designing new data tables and functions for analyzing the data.

 

Niki Learn

Niki Learn

Niki is responsible for uploading and maintaining the Princeton portion of BABASE.  She primarily handles data pertaining to female baboons, as well as weather data and initial proofing of most data as it arrives from the field team in Kenya.

 

Jake Gordon

Jake Gordon

Jake maintains the Duke portion of BABASE. His work involves archiving behavioral data and male ranks, as well as keeping records of ABRP's archives of tissues, DNA, and RNA. He used to work in the Alberts lab as a technician, doing a variety of genetics-related projects, and still occasionally helps in that regard.

 

Amy Mofield

Amy Mofield

Amy is the Grants and Contracts Administrator for the Duke grants, but she also serves as the Project Coordinator, working under Susan Alberts. She oversees accounting and personnel aspects of the project, working closely with the local Kenyan staff. She helps coordinate efforts between the project directors, US support staff, and local Kenyan staff to ensure that all of the needs of the project are met.

 

Laurence Gesquiere

Laurence Gesquiere

Laurence helps to manage the hormone research at in the Alberts Lab at Duke university and runs the hormone assay lab. She is interested in hormonal and behavioral changes at puberty and using fecal glucocorticoids to measure environment stress. 

 

Tawni Voyles

Tawni Voyles

Tawni is a technician in the Tung Lab at Duke University. She is involved in developing and implementing genomics protocols associated with our research on baboons.

 

David Jansen

David Jansen

David is the lab manager/research scientist in the Archie lab at Notre Dame University. He mainly works on the analysis of the parasite data. He also maintenance this webpage and the ABRP genomics public portal.

 


Emeritus

Serah Sayialel

Serah Sayialel

Serah Sayialel was our second in command with respect to managing our research in the field. She was a field assistant with the project from 1989 until her retirement in 2019. .

 

 

 

The ABRP team

ABRP is a team effort, involving scientists, field assistants, students, and support staff in Kenya and the US. The project is led by four principal scientists based at Princeton, Duke, and the Notre Dame. Our long-term data collection depends on three senior field researchers (Raphael Mututua, Serah Sayialel and Kinyua Warutere), and three junior field assistants (Gideon Marinka, Ben Oyath and Longida Siodi). The project is also supported by staff in Amboseli who help maintain our field camp. In Nairobi, Tim Wango and Vivian Oudu help with logistical support and manage our all-important fecal samples. We also have an able and important set of staff in the US that contribute to data generation and management.

 

Collaborating institutions

Princeton, Duke, and Notre Dame

Princeton University

Duke University

University of Notre Dame

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Partner Institutions

Kenya Wildlife Service, University of Nairobi, Institute of Primate Research, The George Washington University, National Museums of Kenya, Enduimet Wildlife Management Area

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