University of Wisconsin–Madison


Recent News

July 5, 2018: Brazilian forests fall silent as yellow fever decimates threatened monkeys, Scientific American

December 13, 2017: Coverage of a recent publication in PLOSone, authored by Karen B. Strier & colleagues, assessing what data are needed in order to conserve the endangered muriqui monkeys.

June 6, 2017: Após o surto de febre amarela, população de bugios fica reduzida a menos de 3% em reserva de MG (After yellow fever outbreak, population of howler monkeys reduced to less than 3% at reserve in Minas Gerais), O Globo.

May 15, 2017: Le muriqui, fascinant singe hippie (The muriqui, fascinating hippie monkey), Le Monde.

May 13, 2017: Karen Strier interviewed on The PrimateCast about her long term research with the muriquis as well as education, outreach, and service to the field of primatology (audio: 15 mins 21 secs).

May 2, 2017: Karen Strier quoted in the New York Times regarding the yellow fever outbreak and howler monkey population collapse in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

March 27, 2017: Yellow fever is killing howler monkeys in Brazil, Mongabey

March 21, 2017: Hug-loving ‘hippie’ monkeys left alone in forest as epidemic kills other primates, Seeker

March 21, 2017: Yellow fever killing thousands of monkeys in Brazil, the University of Wisconsin-Madison

2016 and earlier

October 2016: Karen Strier was elected as President of the International Primatological Society, 2016-2020.

June 2016: Karen Strier led a webinar from the Atlantic Forest presented by WINGS Worldquest discussing her research and conservation work with the muriquis. WINGS Worldquest Flag Carrier Report now online here.

June 2016: The muriquis and Karen Strier were featured in the documentary on climate change, “Time to Choose,” by Academy Award winner Charles Ferguson.

October 2015: The Muriqui: Brazil’s critically endangered “hippie monkey” hangs tough, Mongabay

July 2015: Monkeys to the Rescue: A group of monkeys bands together to protect a fellow primate – a human researcher, Discover Magazine

April 2015: Reserva para proteger macaco atrai também onça em Minas; Veja foto e vídeo (Reserve to protect monkeys also attracts jaguars in Minas; view photo and video), Matheus Leitão

March 2015: Primates’ behavior, ecology give hints to their survival, Wisconsin State Journal

August 2014: Amor à floresta atravessa gerações e salva o maior macaco das Américas (Love of the forest spans generations and also helps save the largest monkey in the Americas), Brazilian TV Globo Reporter

September 2013: Humans would be better off if they monkeyed around like the muriquis, Smithsonian Magazine

June 2013:  Karen Strier was made an honorary citizen of Caratinga, Minas Gerais:

November 2012: Endangered muriqui monkeys in Brazil full of surprises, Mongabay

September 2012: População de macacos ameaçados de extinção cresce cinco vezes em reserva (Population of endangered monkeys grows five times in reserve), Veja Magazine

December 2011: As matriarcas da floresta (Matriarchs of the forest), Revista Pesquisa FAPESP

Recent News

May 2018: Jacob Kraus was awarded a William C. Burns and Lemuel A. Fraser Teaching Enrichment Scholarship from the University of Wisconsin – Madison

May 2018: Ilianna Anise and Jacob Kraus both received Graduate Summer Research Awards with the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

August 2018 – May 2019: Rebekah Ellis was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship through the Latin America, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

April 2018: Amanda Hardie was awarded an Early Career Grant from the National Geographic Society for her dissertation project, “The Behavior and Ecology of Brown Howler Monkeys (Alouatta guariba clamitans) in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.”

April 2018: Dr. Karen B. Strier and Ph.D. candidate Mary Dinsmore both presented work at the annual American Association of Physical Anthropology conference in Austin, Texas. Dr. Strier discussed the impacts of climate change on primates and primatology while Mary shared her findings on the impacts of Cyclone Enawo on the habitat of the northern sportive lemur.

February 2018: Dr. Katie Hinde visited the Strier lab during a recent trip to the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Members of the Strier Lab with Dr. Katie Hinde

December 2017: Amanda Hardie received funding from the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as well as the Department of Anthropology for travel for her dissertation research, “The Behavioral Ecology of Brown Howler Monkeys (Alouatta guariba clamitans) in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest”.

October 2017: Strier lab and friends attended the 2017 Midwest Primate Interest Group (MPIG) conference at Northwestern University in Chicago. PhD candidates Mary Dinsmore and Amanda Hardie, as well as visiting scholar Dr. Peng Zhang presented their research while there.

Strier lab and friends at dinner while in Chicago for the MPIG conference
Mary Dinsmore presents her research at MPIG conference

Amanda Hardie presenting at MPIG conference

Dr. Peng presenting at MPIG conference

May 2017: Amanda Hardie received the Robert J. Miller prize in Anthropology from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin to support travel to the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo, NY for her project, “A preliminary validation of urinary C-peptide analysis in captive black-and-gold howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya).”

April 2017: Karen Strier (PI) with Sergio Mendes (participant), Carla Possamai (participant) and Amanda Hardie (participant) were awarded funding from the National Geography Society for the proposal, “Population Assessment and Conservation Status of a Primate Community Following a Major Yellow Fever Outbreak in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.”

March 2017: Karen Strier, with Carla Possamai and Sergio Mendes, received a Primate Action Fund grant for their proposal, “Population Assessment and Conservation Status of the Brown Howler Monkey (Alouatta guariba) following a Major Yellow Fever Outbreak in an Atlantic Forest Reserve (RPPN-Feliciano Miguel Abdala), Caratinga, Minas Gerais, Brazil.”

January 2017: Mary Dinsmore was awarded a Primate Action Fund grant for her proposal, “The influence of anthropogenic activities on behavior of the northern sportive lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis): implications for conservation.”

2016 and earlier

September 2016: Mary Dinsmore was awarded a grant from Conservation International’s Primate Action Fund and Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation for her proposal, “Assessment of Anthropogenic Activities and Their Potential to Influence Behavior and Range in the Northern Sportive Lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis) at Montagne des Français, Madagascar.”

August 2016 – May 2017: Amanda Hardie was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship through the Latin America, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.