Stefano S.K. Kaburu
Current position: PhD candidate
Address: School of Anthropology and Conservation, The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ.
University website: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sac/department/research_students/
Project title: Grooming reciprocity among wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) [for details]
Supervisor: Dr Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher.
Funding source: The Leverhulme Trust.
|Background (for my CV click here)
2009-present PhD Anthropology, University of Kent, Canterbury (UK)
2008-2009 MRes Primatology, Roehampton University, London (UK)
2005-2007 MSc Behavioural Biology, University of Florence, Florence (Italy)
2002-2005 BSc Biological Sciences, University of Palermo, Palermo (Italy)
|Research interests and past research experience
I am mainly interested in animal social-ecological behaviour. My work is largely field-based: I investigated social organization and feeding ecology among wild sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi) and ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in the private reserve of Berenty (in the South of Madagascar); and within-group female-female feeding competition among wild Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. I am also interested in behavioural endocrinology, through the non-invasive assessment of hormone from biological samples, in order to increase the understanding of behavioural observation.
-Kaburu, S.S.K., & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (in press). Social instability raises the stakes during social grooming among wild male chimpanzees. Animal Behaviour.
-Kaburu, S.S.K., Inoue, S., & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (2013). Death of the alpha: within-community lethal violence among chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains National Park. American Journal of Primatology, in press [Early view] Highlighted in the American Society of Primatology website and covered by New Scientist
-Kaburu, S. S. K., MacLarnon, A., Majolo, B., Quarro, M., & Semple, S. (2012). Dominance rank and self-scratching among wild female Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus). African Zoology 47: 74-79
-Kaburu, S.S.K. & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (2013). Market forces predict the distribution of grooming among wild male chimpanzees. Congress of the Primate Society of Great Britain, Spring meeting, in Lincoln (UK).
-Kaburu, S.S.K. & Newton-Fisher, N.E. (2012). Grooming reciprocity among wild chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains National Park. XXIV Congress of the International Primatological Society, Cancùn.
-Kaburu, S.S.K., Semple, S., Majolo, B. & MacLarnon, A. (2010). Assessment of social stressors among wild female Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) through the measurement of self-scratching and faecal glucocorticoids. XXIII Congress of the International Primatological Society, Kyoto.
-Antonacci, D., Kaburu, S.S.K., Norscia, I. & Palagi, E. (2008). To mate or not to mate? Potential factors influencing copulation probability in the sifaka. XXII Congress of the International Primatological Society, Edimburgh.
- Kaburu, S.S.K., Semple, S., Majolo, B., Qarro, M. & MacLarnon, A. (2009). Self-scratching and faecal glucocorticoids as non-invasive measures to assess rank-related social anxiety and stress in wild female Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus). Congress of the Primate Society of Great Britain, London.
-Norscia, I., Kaburu, S.S.K., Palagi, E. & Antonacci, D. (2007). Feeding ecology of Berenty sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi) in the wet season. II Congress of the European Federation of Primatology, Prague.
- Kaburu, S.S.K., Norscia, I., Palagi, E. & Antonacci, D. (2007). Behavioral ecology of sifakas in the Berenty gallery forest: preliminary results. XVIII National Congress of the Associazione Primatologica Italiana, Calci.
- Turillazzi, S., Cervo, R., Giugliani, L., Manganaro, A., Gracci, F., Kaburu, S.S.K. & Leonardi, E. (2006). Adozione di prole estranea nella vespa sociale Polistes bischoffi. XXII National Congress of the Italian Society of Ethology, Erice.