Carly Batist

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Research Interests

  • Primate social behavior, lemurs, vocal communication, bioacoustics, conservation technology

Subfield: Physical Anthropology
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 the southeastern rainforest corridor of Madagascar, in collaboration with the Centre ValBio research station. I am also a teaching fellow at Hunter College and was previously a doctoral fellow in the GC's Office of Career Planning and Professional Development. 

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.