Santiago Cassalett - MA Student in Ecology and Evolution
I received a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2010, and am currently a Master's student in the department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. My research interests lie in nutritional ecology.
I began my research career working as a research assistant for PrimatesPeru in the Madre De Dios regions of Peru from February 2011-August 2011. The research focused on population genetics, demography, feeding ecology, and social behavior of Saddleback Tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis), Emperor Tamarins (S. imperator), and Goeldi’s Monkey (Callimico goeldii).
Following my time in Peru I was hired by Conservation International as a research assistant working on a project studying the effects of the newly discovered Northern-Buffed Cheeked Gibbons (Nomascus annamensis) as seed dispersal agents in Cambodia. In addition the project aimed to increase the ecotourism capacity of the area through the training of local guides for tourists.
This summer I will be working in Madagascar on describing a possible new species of Lepilemur from the southern parcel of Ranomafana National Park.