2/28/2019, Lisa Gezon

Job title and duties:

Animal behavior management specialist, lead. Duties: hire some out of college. Monitor animal behavior (mental health), primate welfare. Yerkes – Emory

Animal care technician:

Tulane national primate research center. First job out of college. Internship at zoo atlanta helped.

Anthropology and career:

most co-workers are psychologists. She brings a different perspective. She got in because gained additional skills: worked night at first. Learned how to identify animals in pain and care for them medically, did some minimal vet tech duties. Anthropology: recognizes hierarchies, matriarchies. Identify primate culture. She recognizes it is not just about what’s in the brain. They do behavioral research: how to identify hierarchies and how to solve problems with bullying, for example. Move or train them.

How did UWG prepare you?

Skeletal work-Osteology. Ability to apply that to their bodies. Important for vet tech. Language and Culture: primate language section. Snipes: culture – always! Makes her think about things differently.

She also did a lemur field school. It helped with data collection.

Bachelors in anthropology good because….

it opened my mind to the whole world. I could do so many more thing with my life (other than just a teacher). Gave more opportunities. Different way of viewing the world and thinking about how we interact and how to interact with other people.


Coming out of UWG, Erin Whitfield was determined to have a career in primatology – study and work with primates. She got her first job right out college at the Tulane National Resarch Center as an animal care technician. She now works as a lead animal behavior management specialist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.


Sophia Nyman also works at Yerkes. “research specialist”