UPDATE: Lisa and Ali have returned to the US for a few months and will return to their field sites at the start of 2013. Andrea remains at Gombe through November 2012.
Meet the Women
Lisa is a graduate student of Dr. Michael Wilson and is interested in the role vocal communication plays in the maintenance of social groups. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow and National Geographic Young Explorer and has studied communication in animals as diverse as bats, frogs and chimpanzees. She plans to continue expanding her expertise following the completion of her dissertation project. When she is not studying animals, Lisa enjoys being outdoors either camping, caving, biking, or snowboarding.
Ali is a graduate student of Dr. Craig Packer and is interested in mechanisms that facilitate coexistence in competing carnivore species. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow and key member of Serengeti Live, Serengeti Lion Project's citizen science project. She is passionate about the Serengeti ecosystem and has a long history of field experience. When not in the Serengeti, Ali regularly enjoys horseback riding.
Andrea is a graduate student of both Dr. Michael Wilson and Dr. Craig Packer. She is interested in sexual coercion and the function of pregnancy signals. She is a National Science Foundation Fellow. Andrea has a passion for teaching, having worked as a high school biology teacher for several year, and plans to continue her involvement in education. Andrea enjoys numerous hobbies outside of her academic work such as reading, playing guitar and traveling.