We are honored to announce that Dr. Karen B. Strier, Vilas Professor and Irven Devore Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the recipient of the MidWest Primate Interest Group 2011 Distinguished Primatologist Award.
We congratulate Dr. Strier on receiving this prestigious award and for her leading role in the development of the field of behavioral ecology, her decades of research on the muriquis of Brazil, and her efforts in training Brazilian students in primatology. Dr. Strier's Distinguished Primatologist presentation at MPIG was titled "Behavioral Plasticity and the Future of Primatology.”
Dr. Russell H. Tuttle, Professor Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL was the recipient of the MidWest Primate Interest Group 2010 Distinguished Primatologist Award.
We are pleased to honor Dr. Tuttle with this prestigious award in recognition of his many contributions to our understanding of primate morphology and evolution, his inspirational teaching of generations of undergraduate and graduate students, and his leading role as editor of books, book series, and the International Journal of Primatology. Dr. Tuttle's Distinguished Primatologist presentation at MPIG was titled “Who Are You Calling an Ape!"
2009 - Dr. Robert W. Sussman
Dr. Robert W. Sussman, Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Environmental Sciences at Washington University, St. Louis. and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was the recipient of the MidWest Primate Interest Group 2009 Distinguished Primatologist Award.
We congratulate Dr. Sussman on receiving this prestigious award and for his leading role in mentoring and inspiring a new generation of field primatologists and encouraging students and colleagues alike to advance our science by questioning, rethinking, and challenging theories and assumptions of primate origins, socioecology, foraging strategies, mating systems, human nature, and the evolution of cooperative behavior. Dr. Sussman's Distinguished Primatologist presentation at MPIG was titled "Rethinking Sociality and Cooperation in Primates.”
Dr. Alejandro Estrada, Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Laboratory of Primatology, Los Tuxtlas Field Research Station, member of the Faculty of the Instituo de Biologia, Universidad Nacional AutOnoma de Mexico, and founder and former President of the Mexican Primatological Society was the recipient of the MidWest Primate Interest Group 2008 Distinguished Primatologist Award, the inaugaural presentation of this award.
We are pleased to have honored Dr. Estrada with this prestigious award in recognition of his important contributions to tropical ecology, primatology, and rainforest conservation. Dr. Estrada's Distinguished Primatologist presentation at MPIG was titled “Social Aspects of Primate Conservation: Population, Poverty, Globalization and Sustainable Use of the Land".