Michelle L. Becker
Department of Psychology
Campus Box 526400
The University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, 38152-6400
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha,
I gained my first exposure to primate research, working
with Golden Lion Tamarins.
Master of Science from Northeast Louisiana University,
Thesis: Changes in the Siamang Duet Following Dispersal
of an Offspring.
Currently working toward my PhD in Psychology, under the
supervision of Jeannette P. Ward, with an emphasis on Comparative and Experimental
Focus on the vocalisations and associated social contexts
in captive Otolemur
garnettii. Social contexts include mother-infant interactions,
sex behaviour, and reintroduction of familiar pairs and introduction of
unfamiliar pairs. In a collaborative effort, we are also investigating
the vocal tract mechanisms responsible for vocalisation with Dr. Joel Kahane,
and we are looking at the sequential aspects of vocalisation and behaviour
with Dr. Eugene Buder, both from the School of Audiology and Speech-Language
Pathology of the University of Memphis.
Becker, M. L., Watson, S. L., Ward, J. P. (1999). Mirror-directed
social behaviors of Garnett's Greater Bushbaby (Otolemur garnettii).
International Journal of Primatology, 20(5), 633-650.
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