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Sue Woods, Ph.D.


Email:  Sue Woods
Office Location: Admin 270P
Phone: (303) 556-2676
Fax: (303) 556-8501
Office hours:  Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-2 p.m.
Areas of Expertise:  Primate Behavior, Gorilla Behavior, Biological Anthropology, Sociobiology
Ph.D. University of Colorado Boulder
M.A. University of Colorado Boulder
B.A. Wichita State University

The focus of my research is the behavior and management of gorillas in captivity, as well as the cognitive abilities and tool behaviors exhibited by gorillas.  The goal of my research is to contribute to the well-being of captive gorillas and to our knowledge of gorillas.  Listed below are the studies I have conducted with captive gorillas:

Behavioral enrichment 
Behavior changes following transfers between zoos
Socialization needs of human raised gorilla infants
Behavior differences during pregnancy and after the birth of an infant
Maternal behavior
Stereotypic behaviors, especially ear covering
1303            Introduction to Biological Anthropology
3700            Current Topics in Anthropology
4590/5590    Primate Behavior
4640/5640    Darwinian Approach to Human Behavior
4000/5000    Special Topics in Anthropology