Axelle Kamanzi Shimwa

Axelle Kamanzi Shimwa

Email:
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Background

Program: Human Paleobiology PhD

Year of Entry: Fall 2017

Advisor: Shannon McFarlin

Current Research

Axelle is interested in primate feeding ecology and nutrition. Her dissertation research focuses on understanding the ontogeny of feeding behavior in mountain gorillas and the impacts of variable nutritional availability on the development and social behavior of young gorillas in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

Education

MA. (General Psychology), 2015, West Chester University, PA
B.A. (Biology), 2008, National University of Rwanda

 

Research Experience

2014-2015: Masters research thesis: " A Comparison of the Nutritional Content of Forest Foods and Crop Raided Maize Pith Consumed by Chimpanzees in Gishwati National Park, Rwanda"

 2011-2013: Tutorial Assistant. Involved in teaching and management of the Food Science & Technology laboratories. Food Science & Technology department, Kigali Institute of Science &Technology, Rwanda

 2010: Quality Assurance Officer, Food Science & Technology Department, Kigali Institute of Science &Technology, Rwanda

 2008: Intern. Laboratory for Analysis of Foods, Medicines, Water and Toxics, National University of Rwanda

Conference Presentation

2015:  Kamanzi, S.A., Chancellor, R. L., Nyandwi, S., Starn, T. & Rundus, A. S. “Influence of nutritional content of foods eaten by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) to their crop raiding behavior in Gishwati National Park, Rwanda.” College of Arts and Sciences 2015 All Sciences Poster session, West Chester University, PA

Distinctions

2019  The Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($1,522)
2019  GW pre-dissertation fellowship award, The George Washington University ($4,500)
2018  The Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($1,800)
2018  Explorers club Exploration Fund Grant ($1,200)