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I am an urban primatologist working on my Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. I love studying monkeys in highly developed regions where there is a high interface with humans and applying my work to reducing conflict between those two groups. My work has a strong focus on applications to management and as such I work closely with local governments and wildlife managers at both of my field sites in Singapore and Gibraltar.

My focus is on landscape genetics and ranging patterns - looking at how the urban landscape promotes or prevents movement of individuals between groups and how this landscape impacts their behavior and degrees of conflict with humans.

How Much for a Picture With the Monkey? The Real Cost Of Wildlife Tourism

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have spent the past seven months working and traveling in Southeast Asia with support from the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Fulbright program. While my research has brought me to Singapore and Gibraltar a number of times, I had not previously stayed long enough in either place to explore…

Macaque on a Hot Tin Roof: Mount Popa, Myanmar

Mount Popa, sanskrit for flower, is an extinct volcano in the Bagan region of Myanamar.  Mount Popa’s Popa Taungkalat monastery is situated atop the nearby volcano plug, jutting 737 m out of the ground.  The impressive monastery is home to the nats spirits, a belief dating back to the 9th century and predating Burmese Buddhism,…

Macaques In The City: Lopburi Monkey Festival (Part Two)

Now for the main event – festival day! November 25th, 2013 (or the 4th Sunday of November annually) – the 25th annual Lopburi Monkey Festival commenced with all the simian fanfare one could imagine.  Of the 3000 monkeys that call Lopburi home, 200-300 live in the immediate vicinity of Phra Prang Sam Yot temple and…

Macaques In The City: Lopburi Monkey Festival (Part One)

Every year since 1989, 150km north of Bangkok, at the Khmer ruins of Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, Thailand, a few hundred macaques get to party like it’s… well… 1989 I suppose. Reverence of monkeys isn’t particularly new—in Hinduism, the monkey god Hanuman is an important figure who used his army of monkeys…

A Tale of Two Islands’ Monkeys: Tioman vs. Sentosa

Long-tailed macaques are also called crab-eating macaques, but here in Singapore it’s a rare occurrence to see them doing just that.  However, I recently had the great pleasure to see some honest-to-goodness crab-eating, crab-eating macaques.  Typically, I see the Singapore monkeys chowing down on lush forest fruits or local garbage cuisine.  On an excursion to…

Survivor Singapore: Return to Sisters’ Islands

  The legend of Sisters’ Island (also known as Pulau Subar Laut – Big Sister’s and Pulau Subar Darat – Little Sister’s) is quite poignant.  It tells of two pretty sisters, Minah and Linah.  Upon the deaths of their parents the sisters moved to their uncle’s village.  One day Linah was accosted by a group…

Macaques In The City

I am very excited to be part of the National Geographic community this year!  A little bit about myself – I’m Amy Klegarth, a 4th year PhD student in Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.  I’m advised by Dr. Hope Hollocher, a population geneticist as well as Dr. Agustín Fuentes whose work lies…