IPS Awards and Grantees

IPS awards grants in several categories: conservation, education and outreach, research, and captive care. Grants are usually awarded to individuals. Check out some of the fantastic primate research and conservation projects from our grantees here. For a full record of recent awards scroll to the bottom of the page:

2020 IPS Conservation Grants awardees

Le AnVietnamConservation critically endangered Delacour’s langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in Kim Bang forest, Ha Nam province, Vietnam
Filipe SilvaBrazilConservation of Novaes’ Bald-headed Uakari, Cacajao calvus novaesi, Amazon rainforest, Brazil
Elida GameroVenezuelaGenetic, taxonomy and conservation of the Critically-Endangered Magarita capuchin (Sapajus apella margaritae) endemic to Isla de Largarita in Venezuela
Victoria Martinex de ZorziArgentinaThe black-horned capuchin (Sapajus nigritus) in Misiones, Argentina: a model to understand how habitat fragmentation affects population genetics
Tarik KabirBangladeshEcological and behavioural adaptations of the Western Hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) to fragmented and degraded habitats in Bangladesh

2019 IPS Conservation Grants awardees

Yeissy SarmientoPeruField surveys and environmental education for sustainable protected area management for the Yellow Tailed Woolly monkey and Peruvian Night monkey
Egbe KedjuanjiCameroonStatus of the Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee and other endangered primates and the dynamics of bushmeat hunting in the Ebo forest, Littoral Region, Cameroon
Nicolas Ramos-LaraMexicoBehavior and physiological stress of Mexican howler monkeys in four sites with different levels of human interaction: effects of ecotourism and cacao agroecosystems
Isabella SantarsieriUKHow behavioural, physiological and environmental factors affect the likelihood of electrocutions?
Anne-Sophie CrunchantUKCalling from bed: localization of chimpanzee nests from passive acoustic monitoring
Susan ShewardUKPatrol and fire-fighting teams to protect and conserve the Sabangau Forest, home to the world’s largest orangutan population
Deogratias TuyisingizeRwandaConservation ecology of the golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis spp kandti) and their habitats in Rwanda

2018 IPS Conservation Grants awardees

Richard BusoboziUgandaConservation to coexist: Participatory action research for primate conservation and community development
Mohamed KibajaTanzaniaConservation of the Endangered Ashy red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus tephrosceles) in the Ufipa escarpment, south western Tanzania.
Elida GameroVenezuelaGenetic bases for the conservation of the critically-endangered Margarita Capuchin
Wendy ErbUSAPopulation monitoring of endangered gibbons and orangutans to support protection of a threatened Bornean landscape
Dereje YazezewEthiopiaThe conservation status of Theropithecus gelada in Ethiopian highlands is not ‘least concern’ but ‘data deficient’: first population assessment in two different unprotected areas as an initial step to start filling the gap
Cristian PaddockUKPopulation genomics and the viability of the Sanje Mangabey in the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania
Pedro Mendez-CarvajalPanamaNatural behaviour and conservation of Aotus zonalis in fragmented habitats, Cocle, Republic of Panama

2017 IPS Conservation Grants awardees

*Chloe Chen-KrausUSAAssessing anthropogenic impacts on endangered Verreaux’s sifaka and prospects for human-lemur coexistence in southwestern Madagascar
Rami OtaBeninRanging and feeding behavior of the mixed-species group of the last remaining white-thighed colobus (Colobus vellerosus) and the mona monkey (Cercopithecus mona) in Kikélé Sacred Forest and surveys of nearby community forests in the Republic of Benin (CCI).
Paul TehodaGhanaStatus and conservation of the Critically Endangered western chimpanzee in Southwestern Ghana (CCI).
Pedro PerezPeruInvestigation of genetic diversity of pygmy marmosets (Cebuella) in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
Nestor AllgasPeruPrimate Census at “La Jungla de los Monos” reserve, El Tambo, San Martin, Peru (CCI).
Ryan SatriaIndonesiaConservation of Floristic Habitat for Javan Slow Loris (Nycticebus javanicus) in Kemuning Forest. 
Jose Lopez CruzHondurasSpatial distribution of the mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) in relation to the vegetal structure.

 *2017 Alison Jolly Lemur Conservation Grant winner

2016 IPS Conservation Grants awardees

Daniel AlempijevicUSAA population assessment of the critically endangered Dryad monkey (Cercopithecus dryas) in the Balanda Community Forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Parthankar ChoudhuryIndiaStatus survey and Conservation needs of Primates in the Inner Line Reserve forest, Cachar, Assam, India
Allie HofnerUKPreuss’s red colobus Procolobus pennantii preussi density and significance in northern Korup National Park: A multifaceted approach to understanding arboreal primate abundance and local perceptions and livelihoods in a protected area.
Katharine KlingUSATesting time: Follow-up surveys of southeastern Malagasy rainforest fragments to assess long-term viability
Daniel MwamidiKenyaConservation of Roosting and Foraging Habitats for the Endemic Mountain Dwarf Galagos (Galagoides orinus) in Taita hills, Kenya
Petro ScarasciaBrazilConservation Program of the black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus) in the Carlos Botelho State Park and its Buffer Zone
*Brandon SemelUSAClimate Change, Coups, and Critically Endangered Species: First Aerial Drone Surveys of Madagascar’s Lemurs
Jaima SmithUKAn examination and assessment of current conservation activities for Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch) in West Java, Indonesia

*2016 Alison Jolly Lemur Conservation Grant winner

2018 Precongress Training Program participants

Charles MaingiKenya
Dorothy KirumiraUganda
Raimi OtaBenin
Jacinto MatheMozambique
Tran DungVietnam
Bojun LiuChina
Thi Anh Minh NguyenVietnam
Dinda PrayunitaIndonesia
Karolina MedeirosBrazil
Mabel SanchezPeru
Jones GoncalvesBrazil
Lucia TorrezNicaragua

2016 Precongress Training Program participants

Bruce AinebyonaUganda
Nestor AllgasPeru
Nguyen Thi Lan AnhVietnam
Swtha Stotra BhashyanIndia
Dwi Yandhi FebriyantiIndonesia
Lisley Pereira Lemos Nogueria GomesBrazil
Karine Galisteo Diemer LopesBrazil
David MomohSierra Leone
Samedi MucyoRwanda
Toky Hery RakotoarinivoMadagascar
Natalia Fuentes SalcedoEcuador
Bui Van TuanVietnam

Outcome of the 2020 Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award

Rahayu “Ayu” OktavianiIndonesiaJavan Gibbon Research and Conservation Project, Indonesia
Stanislaus KivaiKenyaCo-Director of the National Museums of Kenya Chyulu Hills Field school on Environment Ecology and Sustainability, Kenya

Outcome of the 2019 Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award

Jorge Damian Ayala SantacruzParaguayEducator of Fundación Para La Tierra, Paraguay
Rose Marie RandrianarisonMadagascarResearch and Training Manager, and Scientific Advisor of Maromizaha Proected Area, Madagascar

Outcome of the 2017 Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award

Bishwanath RijalNepalPrimate Conservationist and Educator; secondary school biology teacher in Kathmandu, Nepal
Bruce AinebyonaUgandaEducation Officer for North Carolina Zoo’s UNITE for the Environment program based in Uganda
Mukesh ChaliseNepalAssociate Professor in the Central Dept. of Zoology at Tribhuvan University and President and Founder of the Nepal Biodiversity Research Society

Outcome of the 2020 Lawrence Jacobsen Education Development Grantees

Rebecca SmithParaguayParticipatory Education for Primate Conservation in Paraguay, the Forgotten Heart of South America
Victoria NunesBrazilMedia, photo and video exhibition as a tool to combat Capuchin monkey illegal housekeeping and trade in rural communities of Northeastern Brazil

Outcome of the 2019 Lawrence Jacobsen Education Development Grantees

Rahayu OktavianiIndonesiaCommunicating Research Findings into Classroom to Raise Awareness on Endangered Javan Gibbon (Hylobates moloch)
Bishwanath RijalNepalProducing a primate field guide to mitigate human-nonhuman primate conflict in Nepal
Rose Marie RandrianarisonMadagascar/FranceMy First Lemur Conservation Book – The forest of the Dragon Trees

Outcome of the 2017 Lawrence Jacobsen Education Development Grantees

Rosamira GuillenColombiaKeeping the Wild in Wildlife: Discouraging the Use of Cotton-Top Tamarins as Pets in Northern Colombia
Kathy KellySouth AfricaBaboon Matters Namaqualand Farm Project
Genevieve CrisfordMalawiLWT Primate Conservation Learning Facility
Greg TullyUSACameroon National Conservation Education Program
Elysée RasoamananaMadagascarRaising Awareness for the Conservation of Lemur Catta in the Surrounding Area of Mangily, Madagascar

Outcome of the 2016 Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award

Herman SyahputraSumatraConservation Educator, Orang Utan Republik Foundation

Outcome of the 2018 Lawrence Jacobsen Education Development Grantees

Sonya KahlenbergUSAProducation of an informative poster for awareness raising and conservation education on newly created Kimbi-Fungom National Park
Tatiana ValençaBrazilProtecting monkeys as a way of combating Yellow Fever
Karina AtkinsonParaguayTraining Paraguayan “Parabiologists” and future “Eco-Leaders” to save Paraguay’s primates
Liyong Emmanuel SamaCameroonProduction of an informative poster for awarness raising and conservation education on newly created Kimbi-Fungom National Park

Outcome of the 2016 Lawrence Jacobsen Education Development Grantees

Thierry InzirayinezaRwandaUsing debate as a tool to increase young people awareness about the importance of primate conservation around Gishwati National Park, Rwanda 
Nick MarxCambodiaPrimate Conservation Centre at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
Rebecca SmithParaguayParaguay’s Little Monkeys: Inspiring Primate Conservation Heroes and Tackling Paraguy’s Primate Pet Trade
Gary ShapiroSumatraMECU6: Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF)’s Mobile Education & Conservation Unit, Year 6

Outcome of the 2020 Research grant awards

Emily GlotfeltyUSABehavioral responses to increased population density and reduced food abundance in Colobus vellerosus over a twenty-year period
Molly HirstUSASperm morphological variation in a natural primate hybrid zone (Alouatta palliata x A. pigra)
Abdullah LanggengJapanInvestigating the effects of Japanese macaque hot spring bathing behavior on parasitism and gut microbiome
Sara LucciUSAThe relative effects of environmental conditions and parental identities on coat color development in Colobus vellerosus
Megan MahCanadaMultimodal fruit foraging and interspecific sensory variation in wild sympatric monkeys
Emily NonnamakerUSADo microbes contribute to olfactory signals of ovulation in baboons?
Alicia RichUSAVariation in hormone receptor expression between two primate environments
Jack RichardsonUSASex differences and the role of social play in development of wild mountain gorillas
R. Gustav SteinhardtUSASpace use and social influence in cooperatively breeding primates
Tessa SteinicheUSAEndocrine effects of anthropogenic pollutants in wild primates

Outcome of the 2019 Research grant awards

Juliane DammMexicoDo social interactions and social organization modulate the physiological stress response of wild Geoffroy’s spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)?
Allegra DepasqualeCanadaAre diet and nutrition of wild capuchins influenced by color vision type? A test of the niche divergence hypothesis
Philippa HammondUKRemote monitoring of predation pressure and its effects on baboon demographics, ranging patterns and nocturnal behaviours
Katherine KlingUSAMovement in the matrix: lemur space use and activity across anthropogenic landscapes in southeastern Madagascar
Louise LoyantUKSocial tolerance and inhibitory control skills in macaque species
Meredith LutzUSABehavioral mechanisms underlying seasonal social plasticity in three sympatric lemur species
Lais MoreiraCanadaA multi-modal approach to understanding sexual signaling in spider monkeys (Ateles geofforyi)
Corina MostUSADo differences in the social behavior of wild infant olive baboons (P. anubis) persist in the juvenile period?
Sylvain NyandwiUSAWild chimpanzee genetic diversity, health and behavior in isolated fragments in Rwanda: population viability in isolated habitats
Tom RothNetherlandsInvestigating cognitive biases for symmetry and sexual dimorphism in zoo-housed Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus)

Outcome of the 2018 Research grant awards

Melanie FentonUSACoercive and affiliative mating tactics in Olive Baboons (Papio anubis)
Thalita SumampowUSAIdentifying cryptic species of tarsiers on North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tainara SobrozaBrazilSounds, cities and “Sauins”: the effect of acoustic environment in the pied tamarin (Saguinus bicolor) (Primates: Callitrichidae) communication behavior
Rachel PetersonUSAMechanisms of sperm perference in the female reproductive tract of a non-human primate
Sofya DolotovskayaGermanyDoes social monogamy translate into genetic monogamy in red titi monkey (Callicebus cupreus)
Adam PopeUSAEvaluating the kin selection hypothesis of cooperative infant care in tamarins (Leontocebus weddelli)
Sharmi SenUSAExamining the fitness consequences of male alternative male reproductive tactics in wild geladas
Helen SlaterUKThe importance of micro-climate refuges for primate responses to climate change and human disturbance
Eve A SmeltzeCanadaConsensus decision-making of vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) during group movements
Jayashree MazumderIndiaTool-aided foraging behaviour by macaca fascicularis umbrosus of Nicobar islands

  Outcome of the 2017 Research grant awards

Elizabeth TapanesUSADiversity of pelage patterning and function in wild sifaka lemurs (Propithecus diadema) at the Tsinjoarivo Forest in Madagascar.
Benjamin FinkelUSAForaging Strategies of Old Chimpanzees (Uganda).
Erin WeigelUSAThe use of multiple play signals in captive immature western lowland gorillas
Chris MarshUKThe effects of forest degradation on arboreal apes within Sikundur, the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem, Northern Sumatra
Amanda TanUSAUsing stable isotopes to measure the nutritional advantages of stone tool use in a primate model, the coastal stone-tool-using longtailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) of Thailand
Lucie RigaillJapanDo male olive baboons (Papio anubis) attend to female odor signals?
Kelly van LeeuwenUKHabitat use at a landscape scale for savanna chimpanzees at Issa Valley, Ugalla, Tanzania
Elizabeth MallottUSADo white-faced capuchins use preferred partners to mitigate foraging costs associated with color vision phenotypes? (Costa Rica)
Laura AbondanoUSAMating strategies and reproductive endocrinology of female lowland woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii): Implications for female mate choice in a promiscuous primate.

Outcome of the 2016 Research grant awards

Matthew De VriesCanadaAn exploration of intragroup variation in behaviour across habitat types during the dry season in Saguinus imperator
Susie LeeUSARole of androgens in the modulation of parental effort and protectiveness in female macaques
Rachel SawyerUKBriding the gap between primate food selection and sensory ecology: how do nocturnal folivorous strepsirrhines determine food quality?
Mareike JaniakUSAAdaptations for insectivory in digestive enzymes of new world primates
Gillian King-BaileyUSAAndrogens, cortisol, behavior, and food seasonality in wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Sector Santa Rosa, Área de Conservación de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Brandon WheelerUKCan nonhuman primates socially learn the meaning of signals? An experimental test with wild capuchin monkeys
Rachel PerlmanUSAThe energetics of male reproductive strategies in geladas (Theropithecus gelada
Ghislain ThieryFranceUncovering food mechanical properties from the teeth of extant and extinct primates

Outcome of the 2020 Captive Care grant awards

CARE South AfricaCentre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education, renovation of baboon enclosures.
PASAGabonPan African Sanctuary Alliance: primate care training to the staff at the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project, Gabon

Outcome of the 2019 Captive Care grant awards

Macer PartonBoliviaEnvironmental enrichment for capuchin monkeys at Machia Sanctuary in Bolivia
Nicola Bryson-MorissonUKUnderstanding nutrition to improve the health and welfare of captive chimpanzees
Greg TullyUSAPrimate care training program
Sonya KahlenbergUSAVegetation survey and toxic plant management for sanctuary Grauer’s gorillas in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Outcome of the 2018 Captive Care grant awards

Susannah ThorpeUKAn enclosure design tool to encourage wild-type behavior and enhance welfare in sanctuary chimpanzees
Greg TullyUSAPrimate care training program for rescued primates at African wildlife centers
Sonya KahlenbergUSAInstalling a water source to complete a new forest habitat for orphaned Grauer’s gorillas in Democratic Republic of Congo