Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Andrea Baden

Second Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Lewis

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Diana Reiss


This study analyzed scent marking rates of wild Verreaux’s sifaka during dispersals to investigate the impact of group changes on olfactory communication. Our results indicate that scent marking is affected by changes in group structure, but other methods of communication likely play a larger role in mediating group membership changes.



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