Well guys, its official. You aren’t rid of my field stories yet! Even though the 2016 season is starting to wind down (stay tuned for my upcoming blog about the time warp I’m siting in just now), I am happy to announce I will be coming back to Kibale National Park for a third season in 2017!
Now that they have formally announced their grant recipients for the spring 2016 granting cycle, I am so very proud to tell you that I have received funding from the Leakey Foundation in support of my 2017 data collection season. In addition- actually, I was awarded this grant first, but those few superstitious bones in my body didn’t want to jinx the Leakey so I held my breath for a little bit- I have also received funding from the Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation for Primatological Research. The grants will support six more months* of data collection in 2017- and thank GOODNESS for that because we finally have a couple of baby boys added into the mix! I’m so thrilled to receive support from both foundations!
For any readers who enjoy this blog- you should check out the Leakey Foundation Podcast: “Origin Stories.” They’ve crafted a number of succinct and well-produced podcasts to introduce you to some really interesting pieces of the human evolutionary puzzle. In particular, you should definitely check out Episode 9: Did Cooking Make Us Human? featuring KCP's very own Richard Wrangham (he's kind of a big deal). In this episode Prof. Wrangham not only explains some really interesting ideas about the critical discovery that may have helped kickstart the transition from ape-like to human-like life ways and life histories, but he also tells some really great field stories that include running around Gombe in a loincloth and even eating some raw monkey! Better listen to that Podcast and learn the details!
The Leakey Foundation podcasts are very well produced and I’m really looking forward to hearing more from this group- who knows, maybe I’ll even be lucky enough to be involved some day! Kind of like my dreams of being interviewed on Radiolab or finding myself of the TED stage when I’m a very fancy senior-level tenured Professor… a girl can dream!
*I’m tempted to say “final” here, but I hope that it isn’t truly my final season- only my final dissertation data-collection season. From next year on out, I can’t possibly hope to spend this many months per year in the field, but maybe 3 months at a time, ever summer…? Please??
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