Dr. Elizabeth Ballare
Institution : University of Geneva
Department : Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives
Discipline : Ecology and Evolution, Anthropology
Research field : Evolutionary Anthropology, Physiology, Energetics, Conservation
PI : Thibaud Gruber
Thesis topic : Health Effects of Rehabilitation and Reintroduction in Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaus wurmbii)
I received my doctoral degree from Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey (USA) in May 2021. My research explored the physiological consequences of rehabilitation and release in endangered primates by examining, monitoring, and comparing protein balance, energetics, stress, and immune-responsiveness in wild, rehabilitated, and released orangutans in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
As a Post-doctoral Researcher working under Dr. Thibaud Gruber, my current research focuses on energetics in Western Ugandan chimpanzees as it relates to food availability and novel tool use. This project will be conducted with the Bugoma Primate Conservation Project in the Hoima district of Uganda.