Primate Reproductive, Nutritional and Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Lab

Professor Cheryl Knott’s research is focused on orangutan behavior and biology, both as a way to further our understanding of endangered great apes and as a model for looking at human evolution. She is the director and founder of our field site in Borneo, Indonesia. Based in Borneo, she also oversees the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project, one of the longest-running primate research centers in existence. Currently, data collected from the Gunung Palung National Park are being used to understand how orangutan adaptations, such as two distinct adult male morphs and long intervals between births, are shaped by their ecology; as well as why orangutan juveniles grow so slowly and how they are impacted by changes in food availability. In her lab on campus, Professor Knott’s students work with reproductive and energetic hormones as well as the nutritional composition of wild orangutan foods.