MRes Disseration: “Improving Methods to Quantify Grooming and What This May Tell Us about Grooming Partners: A Case Study with Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata)”
Summary: Grooming is most commonly quantified by measuring the duration and frequency of grooming bouts (e.g. Carne et al., 2011; McFarland & Majolo, 2011). Current methods to quantify grooming do not incorporate information about the quality of the grooming – this may be an absolutely fundamental parameter to measure. I developed and implemented novel methods in order to quantify grooming quality. Please contact me for a copy of my master’s dissertation to read about my research.
- Program: MRes in Primate Biology, Behaviour, and Conservation at the University of Roehampton, London (September 2015 -September 2016)
- Location of Study: Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute (PRI) in Inuyama, Japan
- Study Species: Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
- Duration of Field Work: March – May 2016
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