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Research:
Biological anthropology; primate behavioral ecology; conservation biology; human-wildlife conflict issues; Madagascar.

Cortni is researching mammal hunting and primate conservation on the Masoala Peninsula of Madagascar. She is employing interdisciplinary approaches to understand both the human and ecological perspectives of hunting. This involves identifying the subset of the human population that is hunting and working with these hunters to determine their methods of extraction, their nutritional dependence upon these meats, and their cultural and economic rational for extraction. Further research is also being conducted on the intensity, sustainability, and impact of local hunting on both human and endemic lemur populations. The ultimate goal of this work is to isolate the root causes of human-wildlife conflict on the Masoala Peninsula through system dynamics modeling and work with local Malagasy to determine mutually beneficial conservation actions that promote sustainable use.

 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

NAME: CORTNI BORGERSON

ADVISOR: LAURIE GODFREY

EDUCATION:

•PhD candidate (2009-present) University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA; Biological Anthropology.

•MA student (2007-2009) Portland State University, Portland, OR; Biological Anthropology.

•BA (2005) (summa cum laude) Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Biological Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology.

CV:

CONTACT: cortni@anthro.umass.edu

     

Contact Information:
Department of Anthropology
240 Hicks Way

Laboratories:
Machmer Hall W-12, W14, W16
(W-16) 413-545-380
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