Bethany Kaye Hansen
Primatologist & Anthropologist


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Ph.D, Biological Anthropology, 2014 (in progress)

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

M.A., Anthropology, 2011.

University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S., Zoology with Anthropology minor, March 2005. Cumulative GPA 3.88.

James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Semester Abroad, Tropical Ecology and Marine Biology Program, July 2004-December 2004.

Research Experience

Dissertation Research
Ngogo Research Camp, Uganda
7/2011 - 8/2012

Research Assistant
Ngogo Research Camp, Uganda
12/2006 - 11/2007

Followed estrous females in order to collect behavior on male sexual coercion and female mate choice in wild chimpanzees. Collected and tested female urine for pregnancy and leutinizing hormones. Collected general behavioral data on adult and adolescent females outside the estrous period.
Sholly Gunter, Department of Anthropology, Yale University.

Research Assistant
CICRA Research Station, Peru
5/2005 - 9/2005

Tracked five different wild titi monkey groups in order to observe and record behavior. Operated speaker and recorded behavior during playback experiments using recorded calls. Trained three other assistants to perform these duties. Collected feces for DNA analysis.
Dr. Jenna Lawrence, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University.

Laboratory Manager
Marine Science Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara
2/2002 - 5/2005

Created training materials and trained 10 undergraduates to sort and identify micro-invertebrates. Sorted samples by taxa and checked over 400 samples sorted by trainees; rinsed, sieved, and prepared marsh soil samples. Cleaned and stocked laboratory.
Dr. Andrew J. Brooks, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology.

Undergraduate Research
James Cook University
7/2004 - 12/2004

Conceived and implemented experiment to determine how elevated C02 levels affect height, leaf area, and leaf number in the Acacia plant.
Dr. Joe Holtum, Department of Tropical Biology.

Undergraduate Research
James Cook University
7/2004 - 12/2004

Designed and carried out experiment to determine how water flow disturbance and substrate type impact bryophyte distribution, richness, and cover in two montane tropical rainforest stream sites.
Dr. Andi Cairns, Department of Tropical Biology.

National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
University of California, Santa Barbara
7/2003 - 9/2003

Collected, identified, and prepared freshwater plant samples for experiment investigating what impact vascular plants have on reducing nitrogen released from wastewater treatment facilities. Performed fluorometry, ash-free dry mass, and carbon:nitrogen analyses on samples.
Julie Simpson, Life Sciences Department.

Professional Experience

Primate Enrichment Coordinator
Wildlife WayStation
Angeles National Forest, California
11/2005 - 11/2006

Cleaned enclosures, dispensed food and medication, and monitored health and behavior of all primates. Provided daily enrichment to 70 primates representing 10 species. Planned and helped supervise the introduction of chimpanzees to new enclosure-mates.


Basic knowledge of Spanish (verbal/written)


John Mitani
Department of Anthropology
University of Michigan

Sholly Gunter
Department of Anthropology
Yale University

Jenna Lawrence, Ph.D.
New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology
Department of Anthropology
Columbia University

Andrew J. Brooks, Ph.D.
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara


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