Photo Diary: A Day in the Life of a Chimpanzee Researcher

Lisa O’Bryan is in Gombe National Park in Tanzania, where Jane Goodall began the first studies of chimps in the wild. Lisa is in the forests trying to better understand the calls chimps make, to help discover just where the line is (or isn’t) between sounds and speech.

What is it like to follow chimpanzees in the wild? Relaxing then action-packed. Strenuous but peaceful. Habitual yet unpredictable. While no two days are ever alike, here is a glimpse into a “standard” day in the life of a chimpanzee researcher at Gombe National Park.

Lisa O’Bryan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation research focuses on the function of chimpanzee food-associated calling behavior. She is currently conducting fieldwork at Gombe National Park through the end of May 2013.
  • Bert Bos

    Thanks for sharing…….very beautiful!

  • Hi Bert, sorry for the very late response, I must have overlooked this comment. Thank you! Gombe is quite beautiful.

  • Ashley Holmes

    Hi, thank you so much for sharing this because it is my dream to do what you do when I grow up and right now I am 16. How did you reach your goal of studying chimpanzee behavior?

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