Elizabeth Tapanes

Elizabeth Tapanes

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Elizabeth Tapanes’s research interests focus on understanding evolutionary processes that drive biological diversity, in specific relation to speciation and pelage evolution.


M.A., Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University

B.S., Biological Sciences, Florida International University

Year Entered GW Program: 2016

Advisor: Brenda Bradley


Journal Articles
Tapanes E, Cords M, Detwiler KM. 2016. Predation on bats by Cercopithecus monkeys: implications for zoonotic disease transmission. EcoHealth (13): 405-409. 
Jefferson JP, Tapanes E, Evans S. 2014. Owl monkeys (Aotus spp.) socially anoint in captivity. Folia Primatologica (85): 119-134.
Conference Abstracts
Tapanes E, Detwiler KM. 2016. Phenotypic diversity and mating in Gombe National Parks Cercopithecus hybrid zone: implications for conservation. International Journal of Primatology (na).
Wolovich CK, Tapanes E, Evans S. 2016. Patterns of allogrooming in male-female pairs of captive owl monkeys (Aotus nancymaae). International Journal of Primatology (na).
Tapanes E, Evans S. 2015. The significance of allogrooming to pair-bonded owl monkeys (Aotus spp.). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 160: S60. 
Tapanes E, Detwiler KM. 2015. Testing methods for studying color objectively in wild arboreal primates. South Florida Primate Group.
Jefferson JP, Tapanes E, Evans S. 2012. Owl Monkeys (Aotus spp.) socially anoint. American Journal of Primatology 74: S1. 
Tapanes E, Wolovich CK, Evans S. 2007. Leaping into the night: when owl monkeys (Aotus spp.) awake. American Journal of Primatology 72: S1.

Research Experience

2016    Master’s Thesis: “Coat color variation between red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius), blue monkeys (C. mitis), and hybrids (C. ascanius x C. mitis) in Gombe National Park, Tanzania”. Florida Atlantic University, Advisor: Kate M. Detwiler 

2015    Visiting Researcher: Cercopithecus collections, The Field Museum of Chicago

2014    Camp Manager: Gombe Hybrid Monkey Project, Gombe Natioanl Park, Tanzania

2012    Research Assistant: Animal Locomotion laboratory, Florida International University 

2006-2013    Research Assistant: Aotus spp. behavioral repertoire, DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests


2015   Graduate Research and Inquiry Program, Florida Atlantic University, “Coat color variation within and between red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius), blue monkeys (C. mitis), and hybrids (C. ascanius x C. mitis)” ($480.00)

2014   Technology Fee Grant, Florida Atlantic University, “Using modern technology to monitor and study wild primate populations” ($4,840.00)

2014   Morrow Fellowship in Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University ($1,500.00)

2013   Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, “A study of female mate-recognition in a social group of red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius), blue monkeys (C. mitis), and hybrids at Gombe National Park” ($1,000.00)