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MSc Research on Howler Monkey Vocalizations
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Hello friends! I am currently working on finishing up my MSc in Primate Conservation here at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. For my MSc dissertation, I am going to be looking at howler monkey vocalizations and how different habitat densitys ...

Hello friends!

I am currently working on finishing up my MSc in Primate Conservation here at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. For my MSc dissertation, I am going to be looking at howler monkey vocalizations and how different habitat densitys effect sound transmission through a habitat in Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico.

For any one who dosen't know much about howler monkeys, they are among the loudest land mammals on the planet and thier vocalizations can be broadcast at amplitudes of approxamitely 90dB. To put that into perspective, when they roar, it can be as loud as highway traffic or construction noises. If you are a fan of Spinal Tap, basically, howler monkeys go to 13...

The vocalizations are associated with an idea known as vocally mediated reciprocity, where neighboring groups can judge the proximity of the vocalizing individual/group based on how degraded the signal is. Unfortunatley, much the the habitat for all living things in Central and South America are being degraded by human factors such as logging. These changes to the habitat will effect how the vocalizations travel and inturn, effect the individuals within the forest fragment. THIS is what I will be traveling to Mexico to look at and quantify.

Great idea right? I know! The only problem is this dosent happen for free. My research requires quite a bit of equiptment including GPS, vocalization recorders, microphones, windsocks, and tons of other field equiptment, along with money to pay the site and field guides. Long story short, I NEED YOUR HELP! I will be traveling to Mexico on May 15th and I need to purchase all of this equiptment before I go. Any contribution you can make will help me in making this dream become a reality and I want to thank you in advance for any and every bit of help you can give. Thank you for taking the time to read about my project, and in the immortal words of Princess Leia, "help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope".

Thanks everyone!

Brennan

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Yeah, they are really loud. Like REALLY loud. If you contribute to my research, you have my word that I will never make you listen to my recordings... Unless you want to. Then in that case, please still donate?
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