Catia C. Caeiro


University of Lincoln


I am an Enviromental Biologist with a MSc in Ecology and Enviromental Management. My research interests are in the area of animal cognition, from an ecological and evolutionary point of view. I have worked in several projects on the behaviour and welfare of different wild and domestic species. With the OrangFACS project I started investigating facial expressions in great apes. 




Bridget Waller


University of Portsmouth


 The overarching focus of my work is the evolution of social communication. I am particularly interested in human and non-human primate facial expression and emotion, and consider how these signals contribute to sociality and social bonding. I have been part of the developmental team for creating an anatomically based measurement tool for facial expression, comparable between species in Chimpanzees, Macaques, Orangutans, Gibbons and Siamangs. Currently I am working on projects focusing on the evolution of facial movement in domestic dogs and the understanding of human social communication through cognitive research on Crested Macaques.



Marina Davila-Ross


University of Portsmouth


I study the evolution of emotions and communication, by comparing humans with orangutans and chimpanzees in the wild, in sanctuaries, and in captivity.  My current and recent projects focus on laughter, imitation, emotional contagion, emotional intelligence, unfairness, and morality. I use a comparative and phylogenetic approach to reconstruct the evolution of ape and human behaviours and abilities as well as an ethological and acoustic approach to gain more insights into their natural social interactions.  Current and recent field study sites: Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre (Malaysia) and Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage (Zambia).




Elke Zimmermann


University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover


I am an experimental and evolutionary biologist with a strong focus to the role of communication and cognition in primate adaptation and evolution. My laboratory pioneered in molecular and integrative approaches on species diversity and evolution of primates, in particular Malagasy lemurs, including the emerging primate aging model mouse lemur. Currently I am working on the evolution of emotional communication in mammals by a comparative and integrative approach. I am a spokesperson of the DFG Research Unit Acoustic Communication in Animals and Man.




Anne Burrows


Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh


I am a biological anthropologist and my main interests are in primate feeding mechanisms and the evolutionary morphology of primate facial expression. I have also worked on the functional and evolutionary morphology of primate sensory ecology. Currently, I am working on the microanatomical characteristics of primate facial expression musculature compared to other types of skeletal muscle and how these characteristics have evolved in humans and great apes.




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