WAUKESHA, WIS.—Four Carroll University biology students have published an article in “Animal Keeper’s Forum,” the journal of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. “Cooperative Care and Social Development in Juvenile Cotton-Top Tamarins” is based on cooperative rearing in a captive population of cotton-top tamarins at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
The students are Skyler Chouinard, a senior biology major and pre-medicine student from Beaver Dam, Wis.; Emily Fax, a senior biology major from Sun Prairie, Wis.; Matt Francois, a biology and psychology double major from Green Bay, Wis., who graduated in 2013; and Leah (Wolfe) Boshart, a biology major from Waukesha who graduated in 2012.
In a Behavioral Ecology course during fall 2012, Chouinard collected data with her research partner, Fax, about which family members were carrying and/or interacting with juvenile cotton-top tamarins aged six to 11 weeks. They examined data collected on the same family of cotton-top tamarins in fall 2011 by Francois and Boshart. The conclusions drawn from this undergraduate research project will be published in a forthcoming issue of “Animal Keeper’s Forum.”