Lemurs: Primate Behavior, Field Methods, and Research

Study primate behavior, ecology, and biology at the Duke Lemur Center, home to the world's largest living collection of endangered primates in the world. Modeled after a Duke University introductory course, explore primate taxonomy and evolution, and examine specific topics within the study of Primatology, such as behavioral ecology, cognition, and conservation. During regular observations of lemurs from within their enclosed forested habitats, learn data-collection techniques used in the study of animal behavior and apply these techniques. Gain practical experience in the scientific paper development process, from formulating a research question and completing a literature review to creating an effective research design to data collection and analysis. Practice how best to share your scientific results with an audience by giving effective presentations.

Note: While this course is focused on field work, research methods and process, for students who have taken the Duke TIP Summer Studies course, Primate Biology: Lemurs, Lorises, and Bushbabies, there will be some overlap in the foundational content.

About Duke Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs—Earth’s most threatened group of mammals—outside of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation, and public outreach. By engaging scientists, students, and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.

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June 16–June 30
Duke University, NC
July 7–July 21
Duke University, NC