Linda Fedigan’s area of expertise is biological anthropology — specifically the study of primate life histories, behavioural ecology and demography. For the past thirty years, she has conducted research on three species of primates in a Costa Rican national park: capuchins, howlers and spider monkeys.
Her long-term focus is on the life histories of female monkeys, in particular the question of how and why female primates live out their lives in the company of males in year-round social groups, a phenomenon unusual in the mammalian world.
Because Fedigan works in a national park established only 40 years ago, the Costa Rican government asked that she monitor primate populations in the area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a regenerating forest recovering from logging and ranching. The capuchin and howler populations, she says, have doubled in size since she began to count their numbers 30 years ago, in step with the regenerating tropical forest.
|2002-2015:||Canada Research Chair Tier 1|
|2005-ongoing:||Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada|
|2013:||American Society of Primatologists Distinguished Primatologist Award|
|2013:||Faculty of Arts Distinguished Research Award|
|1983-2015:||Consecutive NSERC Discovery Grants, “Behavioural Ecology, Social Dynamics & Population Recovery of Neotropical Primates”|
|2009-2011:||Canada Foundation for Innovation grant to develop a collaborative database for the primate research group.|