Q1 2021 Hot Topic in Animal Welfare: Using a Network Approach to Managing Large Rhesus Macaque Social Groups

Using a Network Approach to Managing Large Rhesus Macaque Social Groups

Q1 2021 Hot Topic in Animal Welfare 
 
For this quarter’s Hot Topics in Animal Welfare feature, we introduce the body of work on social network analysis conducted on rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) groups at the California National Primate Research Center in the lab of Dr. Brenda McCowan, Core Scientist in the Neuroscience & Behavior Unit and Professor at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in Davis, CA. This work, spanning over a decade and involving numerous researchers, including Dr. Brianne Beisner, currently the Colony Director for the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, GA, has led to a better understanding of aggression, trauma, and group stability and subsequent practical guidance in the captive management of large 
breeding groups of rhesus macaques. For more information, watch a video presentation about this research narrated by Dr. McCowan and Dr. Beisner. 
 
This body of work includes nearly 20 publications. A list of published studies including those works cited in this talk can be found here
 
 
 
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Brenda McCowan, PhD 
Professor, Population Health & Reproduction
Animal Behavior Laboratory for Welfare & Conservation
School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
https://bmccowanlab.com/
Unit Leader & Core Scientist, Neuroscience & Behavior Unit
California National Primate Research Center
https://cnprc.ucdavis.edu/brenda-mccowan/
 
Contact Dr. McCowan at bjmccowan@ucdavis.edu
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Brianne Beisner, PhD
Colony Director, Field Station
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Emory University
 
Contact Dr. Beisner at bbeisne@emory.edu