Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf

Assistant Professor of Psychology
717-358-4566
Office: LSP117

Professional Biography

2012-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Biological Foundations of Behavior Program, Franklin and Marshall College

2012-Present Adjunct Scientist, Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

2004-Present Faculty member, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicag

2011-2012 Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental Policy and Culture Program, Northwestern University

2005-2012 Director, Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

2005-2012 Adjunct faculty, Department of Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago

2003-2005 Director of Field Conservation, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago



Professional affiliations and service

Animal Behavior Society, 1997 – present

Member, Conservation Committee, 2004 - 2008

American Society of Primatologists, 2003 - present

International Primatological Society, 2003 – present

Member, Scientific Committee, 2005

Vice President for Education, 2008 – present 

Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan In-situ Adviser 2003-present

IUCN Primate Specialist Group Section on Great Apes, 2004 – present

Member, Executive Committee, 2004 – present

Education

2003 Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

1996 B.S., Psychology and Biology, Duke University 

Research Interests

I study primate behavior, learning, development and health.  Current research focuses on the behavioral development of wild chimpanzees, the intersection of health and behavior in wild chimpanzees and social learning and tool use in a variety of primate species. 

Grants & Awards

2009-2014 National Institutes of Health to B. Hahn, (Research grant, Subcontract PI)

2009-2014 National Institutes of Health to C. Murray (Training grant, Co-Mentor)

2009-2011 Arcus Foundation Great Ape Fund, (Research grant, Co-PI)

2009-2011 Morris Animal Foundation, (Research grant, Co-PI)

2009-2010 Arcus Foundation Great Ape Fund, (Research grant, PI)

2005-2008 Leo S. Guthman Foundation, (Research center core support)

2008-2010 David Bohnett Foundation, (Research grant, Co-PI)

2007-2009 Institute of Museum and Library Services, (Education grant, Co-PI)

2007 Wenner-Gren Anthropological Foundation, (Conference Award)

2007 David Bohnett Foundation, (Conference Award)

2007 David Bohnett Foundation, (Research grant, Co-PI)

2006 David Bohnett Foundation, (Research grant, Co-PI)

2006-2008 Arcus Foundation Great Ape Fund, (Research grant, PI)

2006 USFWS Great Ape Conservation Fund, (Research grant, PI)

2005-2008 Leo S. Guthman Foundation, (Research center core support)

2005 Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation Award (Research grant, PI)

2004-2005 USFWS Great Ape Conservation Fund Award, (Research grant, PI)

2002 American Women in Science Fellowship (Dissertation research)

2002 Elmer C. Birney Summer Fellowship (Dissertation research)

2001 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Dissertation research-declined)

2001 Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant (Dissertation research)

2000 Women In Science and Engineering (Travel grant)

2000 University of Minnesota Ecology Program (Travel grant)

1999 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation (Dissertation research)

1999 US Department of Education Foreign Language Area Studies (Kiswahili)

1998, 1999 Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation (Dissertation research)

1998-2001 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow

1998-2001 Dayton and Wilkie Natural History Fund (Dissertation research)

1998 University of Minnesota Grants for Research Abroad (Dissertation Research)

1998 Ecology Program Summer Fellowship (Dissertation research)

1997-1998 Graduate School Fellow, University of Minnesota


Awards


2003 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award

2003 American Society of Primatologists Student Paper Award

2002 University of Minnesota Outstanding Teaching Award Nominee

Publications

2014

Lonsdorf, E.V., Anderson, K.E., Stanton, M.A., Shender, M., Heintz, M.R., Murray, C.M. (2014).  Boys will be boys: sex differences in wild infant chimpanzee social interactions.  Animal Behaviour 88: 79-83.

Lonsdorf, E., Travis, D., Ssuna, R., Lantz, E., Wilson, M. Gamble, K., Terio, K., Leendertz, F., Ehler, B., Keele, B., Hahn, B., Gillespie, T., Pond, J., Raphael, J., Collins, A. (2014). Field immobilization for treatment of an unknown illness in a wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) at Gombe National Park, Tanzania: findings, challenges and lessons learned.  Primates 55: 89-99. doi 10.1007/s10329-0130-372-4.

Pontzer, H., Raichlen, D.A., Gordon, A.D., Schroepfer-Walker, K.K., Hare, B.A., Dunsworth, H.M., Brian M Wood, B.M., Isler, K., Burkart, J., Irwin, M., Shumaker, R.W., Lonsdorf, E.V., Ross, S.R. (In press). Primate energy expenditure and life history.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

2013

Lonsdorf, E.V. (2013).  The role of mothers in the development of tool-use in chimpanzees.  In: Building Babies:  Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective.  Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects, Vol. 37 (Ed by Clancy, K.B.H., Hinde, K., Rutherford, J.N.)  New York: Springer, pp. 303-318.

Markham, C.A., Santymire, R.M., Lonsdorf, E.V., Pusey, A.E., Heintz, M.R., Lipende, I., Murray, C.M. (In press).  Rank effects on social stress in lactating chimpanzees.  Animal Behaviour.

Moeller, A.H., Shilts, M., Li, Y., Rudicell, R.S., Lonsdorf, E.V., Pusey, A.E., Wilson, M.L., Hahn, B.H., Ochman, H. (2013). SIV-induced instability of the chimpanzee gut microbiota. Cell Host and Microbe 14: 340-345.

Murray C.M., Heintz M.R., Lonsdorf E.V., Parr L. & Santymire, R.M. (2013). Validation of a field technique and characterization of fecal glucocorticoid analysis in wild chimpanzees.  American Journal of Primatology 75: 57-65.

Prado-Martinez, J., Sudmant, P.H, Kidd, J.M., Li, H., Kelley, J.L., L, Lorente-Galdos, B., Veeramah, K.R., Woerner, A.E., O’Connor, T.D., Santpere, G., Cagan, A., Theunert, C., Casals, F., Laayouni, H., Munch, K., Hobolth, A., Halager, A.E., Malig, M., Hernandez-Rodriquez, J., Hernando-Herraez, I., Prufer, K., Pybus, M., Johnstone, L., Lachmann, M., Alkan, C., Twigg, D., Petit, N., Baker, C., Hormozdiari, F., Fernandez-Callejo, M., Dabad, M., Wilson, M.L., Stevison, L., Camprubi, C., Carvalho, T., Ruiz-Herrera, A., Vives, L., Mele, M., Abello, T., Kondova, I., Bontrop, R.E., Pusey, A., Lankester, F., Kiyang, J.A., Bergl, R.A., Lonsdorf, E., Myers, S., Ventura, M., Gagneux, P., Comas, D., Siegismund, H., Blanc, J., Agueda-Calpena, L., Gut, M., Fulton, L., Tishkoff, S.A., Mullikin, J.C., Wilson, R.K., Gut, I.G., Gonder, M.K., Ryder, O.A., Hahn, B.H., Navarro, A., Akey, J.M., Bertranpetit, J., Reich, D., Mailund, T., Schierup, M.H., Hvilsom, C., Andres, A.M., Wall, J.D., Bustamante, C.D., Hammer, M.F., Eichler, E.E. Marques-Bonet, T. (2013). Great ape genetic diversity and population history.  Nature 499: 471-475. doi:10.1038/nature12228.

Schell, C.J., Young, J.K., Lonsdorf, E.V., Santymire, R.M. (2013).  Anthropogenic and physiologically induced stress responses in captive coyotes.  Journal of Mammalogy 94: 1131-1140.


2012

Lonsdorf, E.V. and Ross, S.R. (2012).  Socialization and development of behavior.  In: Evolution of Primate Societies (Ed. by Mitani, J., Call, J., Kappeler, P., Palombit, R., and Silk, J.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 245-268.


Bonnie, K.E., Milstein, M.S., Calcutt, S.E., Ross, S.R., Wagner, K.E., Lonsdorf, E.V. (2012). Chimpanzee food extraction strategies differ with variable resource availability.  American Journal of Primatology 74: 661-668.


Degnan, P. H., Pusey, A.E., Lonsdorf, E.V., Goodall, J., Wilson, M.L., Wroblewski, E.E., Rudicell, R., Hahn, B.H., & Ochman, H. (2012).  Factors responsible for the diversification of the gut microbial communities within chimpanzees from Gombe National Park.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences 109: 13034-13039.


Santymire. R.M., Freeman, E., Lonsdorf, E.V., Heintz, M., Armstrong, D.  (2012).  Using ACTH challenges to validate techniques for adrenocortical activity analysis in various African wildlife species.  International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences 4: 99-108.


2011

Lonsdorf, E.V., Murray, C.M., Lonsdorf, E.V., Travis, D.A, Gilby, I.C., Chosy, J., Goodall, J., Pusey A.E. (2011). A retrospective analysis of factors correlated to chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) respiratory health at Gombe National Park.  Ecohealth. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-011-0683-0.


Ross, S.R., Lonsdorf, E.V., Vreeman, V. (2011). Specific image characteristics influence attitudes about chimpanzee conservation and use as pets.  PLoS ONE 6(7): e22050. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022050.


Heintz, M.R., Santymire, R.M., Parr, L.A., Lonsdorf, E.V. (2011). Validation of cortisol enzyme immunoassay and characterization of salivary cortisol circadian rhythm in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).  American Journal of Primatology 73: 1-6.


Hopkins, W.D., Phillips, K., Bania, A., Calcutt, S., Gardner, M., Russell, J., Schaeffer, J., Lonsdorf, E.V., Ross, S.R., and Schapiro, S. (2011). Hand preferences for coordinated bimanual actions in 774 great

apes:  implications for the evolution of handedness in hominids.  Journal of Human Evolution 60:605-611.


Terio, K.A, Kinsel, M.J., Raphael, J., Mlengeya, T., Kirchoff, C., Kamenya, S., Estes, J., Rudicell, R., Keele, B., Patton, S., Hahn, B., Travis, D., Lonsdorf, E.V. (2011). A pathological investigation of morbidity and mortality in chimpanzees from Gombe National Park 2004-2008.  Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42: 597-607.


Wevers, D., Bieberbach, M., Hohmann, G., Robbins, M., Mugisha, L., Lonsdorf, E., Reed, P., Cameron, K., Kidega, T., Babweteera, F., Zommers, Z., Couacy-Hymann, E., Nitsche, A., Knauf, S., Boesch, C., Leendertz, F., Ehlers, B. (2011). Novel adenoviruses in wild primates: high genetic diversity and evidence for zoonotic transmissions. Journal of Virology 85: 10774-10784.


2010

Lonsdorf, E.V. (2010). Chimpanzee mind, behavior and conservation.  In: The Mind of the Chimpanzee: Ecological and Experimental Perspectives (Ed. by Lonsdorf, E. V., Ross, S. R. & Matsuzawa, T.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.


Lonsdorf, E.V. and Bonnie, K.B.  (2010). Opportunities and constraints when studying social learning: developmental approaches and social factors.  Learning and Behavior 38: 195-205.


Gillespie, T.R., Lonsdorf, E.V., Canfield, E.P., Meyer, D.J., Nadler, Y., Raphael, J., Pusey, A.E., Pond, J., Pauley, J., Mlengeya, T., Travis, D.A. (2010). Demographic and Ecological Affects on Patterns of Parasitism in Eastern Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143: 534-544.


Blinkova, O., Victoria, J., Li, Y., Keele, B.F., Sanz, C., Ndjango, J.B.N., Peeters, M., Lonsdorf, E.V., Travis, D.A., Wilson, M.W., Pusey, A.E., Hahn, B.H., Delwart, E.L. (2010) Novel circular DNA viruses in stool samples of wild-living chimpanzees.  Journal of General Virology 91: 74-86.


Meguerditchian,A., Calcutt, S.E., Lonsdorf, E.V., Ross,S.R., Hopkins, W.D. (2010).  Captive gorillas are right-handed for bimanual feeding.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141:638-645.


Wallis, J. and Lonsdorf, E.V. (2010).  A summary of recommendations for primate conservation education.  American Journal of Primatology 72: 441-444.


Parr, L.A, Heintz, M., Lonsdorf, E.V., Wroblewski, E. (2010).  Visual kin recognition in nonhuman primates: inbreeding avoidance or male distinctiveness.  Journal of Comparative Psychology 4: 343-350.


Rudicell, R. S., Jones, J.H., Wroblewski, E.E, Learn, G. H., Li, Y., Robertson, J., Greengrass, E., Grossmann, F., Kamenya, S., Pintea, L., Mjungu, D.C., Lonsdorf, E.V., Mosser, A., Lehman, C., Collins, D.A., Keele, B.F., Goodall, J., Pusey, A.E., Hahn, B., Wilson, M.L. (2010). Impact of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Infection on chimpanzee population dynamics. PLoS Pathogens. 6(9): e1001116


Ross, S.R., Milstein, M.S., Calcutt, S.E., Lonsdorf, E.V. (2010). Preliminary assessment of methods used to demonstrate nut cracking behavior to five captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Folia Primatologica 81: 224-232.


2009

Lonsdorf, E.V., Ross, S.R., Linick, S.A., Milstein, M.M., Melber, T.N. (2009).  An experimental, comparative investigation of tool-use in chimpanzees and gorillas.  Animal Behaviour 77: 1119-1126.


Murray, C.M., Lonsdorf, E.V., Eberly, L., Pusey, A.E. (2009).  Reproductive energetics in free-living female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Behavioral Ecology 20: 1211-1216.


Keele, B.F, Jones, J.H. , Terio, K.A., Estes, J.D., Rudicell, R.S., Wilson, M.L., Li, Y., Learn, G.H., Beasley, T.M., Schumacher-Stankey, J., Wroblewski, E., Mosser, A., Raphael, J., Kamenya, S., Lonsdorf, E.V., Travis, D.A., Mlengeya, T., Kinsel, M.J., Else, J.G., Silvestri, G., Goodall, J., Sharp, P.M., Shaw, G.M., Pusey, A.E., Hahn, B.H. (2009).  Increased Mortality and AIDS-like Immunopathology in Wild Chimpanzees Infected with SIVcpz.  Nature 460: 515-519.


Ross, S.R., Holmes, A.N., Lonsdorf, E.V. (2009).  Interactions between zoo-housed great apes and local wildlife.  American Journal of Primatology 71: 1-8.


2008

Williams, J.M., Lonsdorf, E.V., Wilson, M.L., Schumacher-Stankey, J., Goodall, J, Pusey, A. E. (2008). Causes of death in the Kasekela chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, Tanzania. American Journal of Primatology. 70: 745-750.


Travis, D., Lonsdorf, E.V., Mlengeya, T., Raphael, J. (2008).  A science-based approach to managing disease risks for ape conservation.  American Journal of Primatology, 70: 766-777.


Ross, S.R., Lukas, K.E., Lonsdorf, E.V., Stoinski, T.S., Hare, B., Shumaker, R., Goodall, J. (2008).  Inappropriate use and portrayal of chimpanzees. Science, 319:1487.


2007

Lonsdorf, E.V.  (2007). The role of studying behavior in the conservation of chimpanzees and gorillas.  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 10: 71-78.


Ross, S.R., Lonsdorf, E.V. and T.S. Stoinski. (2007).  Assessing the welfare implications of visitors in a zoo setting: A comment on Wells (2005).  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 102: 130-133.


2006

Lonsdorf, E.V., Travis, D., Pusey, A.E., Goodall, J. (2006).  Using retrospective health data from the Gombe

chimpanzee study to inform future monitoring efforts. American Journal of Primatology:  Special Topics Issue

on Disease Risk Analysis, 68: 897-908.


Lonsdorf, E.V. (2006). What is the role of the mother in the acquisition of tool-use skills in wild chimpanzees? Animal Cognition 9: 36-46.


2005

Lonsdorf, E.V. (2005). Sex differences in the development of termite-fishing skills in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) of Gombe National Park, Tanzania.  Animal Behaviour 70, 673-683.


Lonsdorf, E.V. and Hopkins, W.D. (2005).  Wild chimpanzees show population-level handedness for tool use.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102: 12634-12638.


2004

Lonsdorf, E.V., Pusey, A.E., Eberly, L.  (2004). Sex differences in learning in chimpanzees. Nature, 428: 715-716.



Edited volumes


The Mind of the Chimpanzee: Ecological and Experimental Perspectives (Ed. by Lonsdorf, E. V., Ross, S. R. & Matsuzawa, T.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 2010.

Course Information

Animal Behavior with affiliated lab - BFB/PSY/BIO 250

Introductory Psychology lab - PSY 100

Animal Social Learning - BFB/PSY 374

Collaborative Research in Animal Behavior with affiliated lab - BFB/PSY 480