Connecticut native Katherine Meier spent a year conducting wild primate field research in the heart of Indonesian Borneo. Following graduation from college where she majored in anthropology, Meier was hired to work as a researchassistantat the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station. There she spent her days following wild orangutans, collecting behavioral and physical data, and contributing to long-term research that focuses on the nutrition and health of wild orangutans.
Recently returned from the field, Meier has been eager to share her unique experiences. Her talk covers an overview of orangutan geography and biology. It describes the cutting-edge ecological research being done on wild orangutans: what data is being collected and how? Why is it important in the context of current -- and increasingly dire -- conservation issues? Through photos, videos, and stories, she shares the ups and downs of life as a field primatologist working in a tropical peat swamp. From fire ants to fatal fights, you'll leave this talk with a better understanding of one of the worlds most important ecosystems, its myriad biodiversity, and, of course, an intimate look into the wild lives of the world's only Asian great ape.