Primate Scientist

Age range 9 to 14 Aussie STEM Stars is an inspiring children’s series that celebrates Australia’s experts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Gisela Kaplan’s story begins post-World War II Germany. Despite incredible challenges as a child, she retained profound curiosity, care compassion for all living things. Her captivating, ground-breaking scientific research on Australian magpies, tawny frogmouths other iconic bird species, well primates, make Prof. Kaplan world-leading expert animal behaviour, especially of birds. Professor mission spread the word about how intelligent surprising birds are, before time runs out many them.

The National Institute of Health recently announced its plan to retire the fifty remaining chimpanzees held in national research facilities and place them sanctuaries. This significant decision comes after a lengthy process examination debate about ethics animal research. For decades, proponents such have argued that discoveries benefits for humans far outweigh costs traumatic effects on animals; but today, even researchers themselves come question practice. John P. Gluck has been one scientists at forefront movement end primates, Voracious Science Vulnerable Animals he tells vivid, heart-rending, personal story how became vocal activist protection. begins by taking us inside laboratory Harry F. Harlow University Wisconsin, where worked as graduate student 1960s. Harlow’s primate lab famous his behavioral experiments maternal deprivation social isolation rhesus macaques. Though trained scientist, finds himself unable overlook intense psychological physical damage these wrought Gluck’s sobering moving account reveals this other labs, including own, came grapple with uncomfortable justifications many were offering their work. As sense conflict grows, we’re right alongside him, developing deep empathy often smart always vulnerable animals used experiments. At time unprecedented recognition intellectual cognition emotional intelligence animals, is powerful appeal our respect compassion those creatures who unwillingly dedicated lives science. Through words someone inflicted pain name science abhor it, it’s important know what led progress further inroads are needed.

The opening of this vital new book centers on a series graves memorializing baboons killed near Amboseli National Park in Kenya 2009–a stark image that emphasizes both the close emotional connection between primate researchers and their subjects intensely human qualities animals. Primates Real World goes to trace primatology’s shift from short-term expeditions designed help overcome centuries-old myths field’s arrival as recognized science sustained by complex web international collaborations. Considering pivotal episodes spanning twentieth century, Georgina Montgomery shows how individuals within outside scientific community gradually liberated themselves folklore create science. Achieved largely through movement lab field primary site observation, development reflected an urgent ultimately extremely productive reassessment what constitutes “natural” behavior for primates. An important contribution history women’s roles science, well animal studies exploration animal-human boundary, Montgomery’s engagingly written narrative provides general reader with most accessible overview date enduringly fascinating study.