Joyce Rivera-González

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Joyce holds a B.Sc. degree in Integrative Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. During her undergraduate career she volunteered as a student assistant at the Caribbean Primate Research Center in Sabana Seca, where she worked in behavioral assessment of rhesus macaques that were housed in the station. 

At Notre Dame, she intends to explore the interaction between human populations and free-ranging nonhuman primates, particularly regarding introduced rhesus macaque and patas monkey populations in southwestern Puerto Rico. Her research intends to comprehend how these species interject into the daily lives of local communities, as well as how this interaction influences foraging activity and population dispersion, among other behavioral ecology facets yet to be explored. At the field, she will be integrating traditional primate field studies with multispecies ethnography among farmers and tourism facilities that encounter lone foragers every so often – if only ephemerally. Joyce is a Kinesis-Fernández Richards Fellow.

Contact: 294 Corbett Family Hall,