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Carly Batist
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Anthropology
Subfield: Physical Anthropology

Research Interests: Primate social behavior, lemurs, vocal communication, bioacoustics, conservation technology

Advisor: Dr. Andrea Baden

I am a PhD Candidate in Dr. Andrea Baden's Hunter Primate Molecular Ecology Lab and also a part of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). My PhD dissertation research examines black-and-white ruffed lemur vocalizations and how conservation technology (e.g., passive acoustic monitoring, machine-learning) can be used in conservation efforts for this Critically Endangered species. I conduct this research in and around Ranomafana National Park, southeastern Madagascar, in collaboration with the Centre ValBio research station. I am also a doctoral fellow in the CUNY Graduate Center's Office of Career Planning and Professional Development (, where I plan and develop STEM-specific workshops, alumni panels, and career resources for GC students in the sciences. Prior to the PhD, I received a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Primate Behavior from Central Washington University. My master's thesis was conducted at the Duke Lemur Center and used an experimental paradigm to study social learning comparatively across seven lemur species. I am a born-and-raised New Yorker, and an avid Giants, Yankees and Red Bulls fan. When I'm not wearing my PhD hat, I love to horseback ride, hike, draw and read historical fiction novels.