Deb Moore Award for Early Career Primatologists


Purpose and Description of the Award

In 2017, the Society created a grant to memorialize Canadian primatologist, Dr. Deborah Moore. Deborah completed her graduate and doctoral studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio, following a community of unhabituated chimps in Tanzania, often travelling alone in harsh circumstances, as the chimps fled from human contact. She continued into her early career carrying out biological research on bonobos in the rain forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo through the Bonobo Conservation Initiative. All of her studies were completed as a mature student and in the face of her own repeated battles with breast cancer – first diagnosed in the field in Tanzania – but never dulling her commitment to continue in the field, deliver original findings and publish her work.

Deborah was acutely aware of the challenges facing early career researchers seeking to secure funding to support primatological studies without the security of a permanent academic position. In honor of Deborah and her passion for primate research and conservation, this grant is open to application from exceptional early career researchers who can demonstrate their passion and dedication for extending knowledge through original research of primates in their natural environment. Promising new primatologists able to continue the legacy set by Dr. Deborah Moore should apply. The award is handled by the Research and Development Committee.


The applicant must possess a Ph.D.. The degree must have been awarded within the last five years and the applicant must not be in a tenure-track or tenure position.

Application Form

Please complete the provided project proposal form. For questions concerning the award, please contact Dr. Lydia Hopper (


Proposals are accepted that request up to $2,000 in support. An itemized budget of expenses and a budget justification should be provided. Allowable expenses include travel, per diem, equipment, salaries of local in-country support. Conference travel, PI salaries, and institutional overhead costs will not be supported.

Submission of Application

Completed applications must be submitted in a single PDF file. For further information, please contact Dr. Lydia Hopper (, Chair of the Research and Development Committee.


The Research and Development Committee will evaluate the applicant’s full application.

Reporting to ASP

Candidates who receive the Dr. Deborah Moore Memorial Grant will prepare a two-page summary of the outcome of the study at the completion of project and within 18 months of receipt of the award.


Awards for 2020

  • Caral Gestich, Federal University of São Carlos: The influence of historical and contemporary barriers on dispersal pattern of a forest dependent species (Callicebus nigrifrons, Spix 1823)

Awards for 2018

  • Timothy Eppley, San Diego Zoo Global, Institute for Conservation Research: Population genetics of the Critically Endangered red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra): identification of conservation priority areas.

Awards for 2017

  • Amanda Tan, Dartmouth College, Anthropology: Using stable isotopes to measure nutritional advantage of stone-tool use by coastal foraging long-tailed macaques.
  • Krista Milich, University of Texas, Austin, Anthropology: Red colobus monkeys reproduction and conservation.
  • Lydia Light, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Anthropology: Inter-annual variation in fruit availability for white-handed gibbons living in suboptimal habitat in western Thailand