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Kristin E. Bonnie

   Kristin Bonnie 2015

Associate Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of Advising
   Office: Center for the Sciences Room 234
   Phone: (608) 363-2026
   Email: bonniek@beloit.edu

Education
  PhD (2007) - Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Emory University
  MA (2003) - Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Emory University
  BS (1999) - Psychology and Biology, St. Lawrence University

Courses
   Introduction to Psychology
   Research Methods and Statistics
   Physiological Psychology
   Cross Cultural Psychology
   Drugs & Behavior
   Animal Cognition

Research
Kristin's research focuses on learning and decision making in non-human primates. An adjunct scientist with the Lester E Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Kristin has been studying the behavior of chimpanzees and gorillas at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo since 2008. More recently, she has also been collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf at Franklin and Marshall College to further investigate how capuchin monkeys learn from and with others. Prior to Beloit, Kristin conducted non-invasive observational and experimental research through the Living Links Center of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent Publications (Additional publications can be found on ResearchGate)

Hopper LM, Kurtycz L, Ross SR, & Bonnie KE (2015). Captive chimpanzee foraging in a social setting: a test of problem solving, flexibility, and spatial discounting. PeerJ,3, e833; DOI: 10.7717/peerj.833

Bonnie KE (2015). Comment on Nakagawa et al.: Embracing in a wild group of Yakushima Macaques (Macaca fuscata yakui) as an example of social customs. Current Anthropology, 56, 9.

Calcutt SE, Lonsdorf EV, Bonnie KE, Milstein MS, & Ross SR. (2014). Captive chimpanzees share diminishing resources. Behaviour, 151(14), 1967-1982. doi: 10.1163/1568539X-00003225

Finestone E, Bonnie KE, Hopper LM, Vreeman VM, Lonsdorf EV, & Ross SR (2014). The Interplay Between Individual, Social, and Environmental Influences on Chimpanzee Food Choices. Behavioural Processes, 105, 71-78.

Bonnie KE, Milstein MS, Calcutt S, Ross SR, Wagner K, & Lonsdorf EV (2012). Flexibility and persistence of chimpanzee foraging behavior in a captive environment. American Journal of Primatology, 74(7), 661-668.

Lonsdorf EV & Bonnie KE (2010).  Opportunities and constraints when studying social learning: Developmental approaches and social factors. Learning and Behavior, 38(3), 195-205. doi:10.3758/LB.38.3.195