Conservation and Animal Welfare

Primate Biology, Behavior, & Conservation MRes Dissertation


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


 If you are interested in reading my dissertation, please feel free to contact me and I will send you a copy!