Liz Hall is interested in the emergence and transmission of zoonotic pathogens between humans and nonhuman primates in West and Central Africa. She recently completed her MS research project on chimpanzee behavior and health in a fragmented and heavily human-impacted forest in Korup National Park, Cameroon. In Fall 2015, she will continue to the Ph.D. program in Anthropology at Purdue University and develop dissertation research further exploring the interface between human, wildlife, and ecological health in West and Central African mosaic forests. Liz received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will provide three years of funding and support for her graduate research.
Before beginning her graduate education, Liz completed her bachelor’s degree at Duke University in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy. Afterward, she gained valuable experience as a research assistant at Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste, Costa Rica where she collected behavioral and hormonal data on capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus). She later worked with Wildlife Conservation Society in Republic of Congo to non-invasively collect and track observational health data on wild lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). She hopes to continue interdisciplinary work that combines wildlife ecology, disease ecology, epidemiology, and biological and cultural anthropology to explore factors that predict and influence health outcomes in human and wildlife populations.
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