Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Ofer Tchernichovski

Second Advisor

Dr. Andrea Baden

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Diana Reiss


Wild lemur primates were tested for social preferences across behaviors. Study found highly conservative social preferences that were very consistent across all behavioral states, despite high fission fusion traits common of lemur groups. This finding lays the foundation for using nearest-neighbor as a proxy of social preference for future endeavors.



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