Brigitte M Kreigenhofer (Past student) (PhD)
Position: PhD

Phone: +64 9 414 0800

Degree Year University
MSc – Conservation Biology 2011 Massey University
BSc – General Biology 2006 University of Arizona

I am studying primate nutritional ecology with the goals of protecting important food items, and hence habitat, of my study species, adding to our knowledge of primate nutrition, and of understanding nutritional intake patterns in wild, provisioned, and captive monkey troops. The main part of my study focuses on Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana), who inhabit areas in central-ish China. A wild troop is being studied to determine their natural diet as well as intake patterns for juveniles, adult males, lactating females, and females who are not lactating. A provisioned group is also being studied for comparison. I am interested in seeing if their nutrient intake patterns reflect those of individuals consuming a natural diet. If not, recommendations can be made to offer them a more balanced diet. For another part of this study, a captive troop of Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) is being studied. The intake patterns of different individuals based on gender, age, and social status are being analyzed to determine if all individuals in the troop are reaching the desired nutritional goals. And if not, whether intake patterns are correlated with gender, age, and/or social status will be determined.

Supervisors / Supervisions:
Weihong Ji, David Raubenheimer, Alice Tait, Guo Songtao (Northwest University, Xi’an China), Li Baoguo (Northwest University, Xi’an China)