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Zarin Machanda's research revolves around understanding the factors
that shape the quality and development of social relationships among
wild chimpanzees. Her work so far has focused mostly on the evolution
of male-female relationships, male-male cooperation (especially cooperative hunting),
and how chimpanzees use communication to mediate social relationships.
Most recently, she has started a long-term project to study infant and
juvenile chimpanzees and how they develop sex-typed adult behaviors.
Zarin is the Director of Long-term Research at the Kibale Chimpanzee
Project, an organization that for the last 30 years has conserved and
protected the Kanyawara community of chimpanzees living in Kibale
National Park, Uganda. She is also on the Board of the Kasiisi Project,
a community development organization in Uganda that works with over
9000 school children living around Kibale National Park. Zarin holds
a secondary appointment in the Department of Biology.
- Ph.D., Harvard University, Human Evolutionary Biology
- M.A., Harvard University, Anthropology
- B.Sc., McGill University, Biology and Anthropology
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