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Netzin Steklis

For more than 10 years, Netzin Gerald Steklis served as the Director of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Internationalís Scientific Information Resources and is currently an Affiliate Scientist. She holds a double B.A. in Anthropology and Biology from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Her research experience on wild monkeys and apes in Central America and Africa includes field observations of howler monkey calls in Costa Rica, the behavioral ecology of wild chimpanzees in eastern Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), followed by research at the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda on the vocalizations and behavior of mountain gorillas. Her research interests include mountain gorilla life history; mountain gorilla population size and density, distribution and vital statistics; the application of GIS technology to mountain gorilla behavior and conservation; and biodiversity assessment and education. Her activities also include curriculum development for primary and secondary school education in the U.S. and Rwanda. In addition to her own research interests, Mrs. Steklis is a frequent collaborator with her husband (Dr. H. Dieter Steklis) on research projects concerning mountain gorilla behavior, biology and conservation, and their work together has been featured in national and international magazines, on numerous television broadcasts (including National Geographic) and radio programs, and they lecture frequently to various audiences across the country. Along with her husband and two sons, Mrs. Steklis often returns to Central-East Africa to further her research projects.

Contributor Type: Other Scientist
Institution: The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Groups of Interest: Gorilla
Subject Areas of Interest: Behavior, Ecology, conservation ethics
Contributor ID: 2214

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