Friendship and Female Power in the Lemurs of Madagascar

Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, is the land of lemurs. It is home to over 100 lemur species, including the “sifaka”. Sifaka are unusual primates with crazy-eyed stares, amazing leaping abilities, and societies where females are at the top of the hierarchy (primate Wonder Women!). Join Rebecca Lewis as she talks about the unique challenges of fieldwork in Madagascar and shares her research on the behavior, social relationships, and power in sifaka societies.  Registration opens three weeks prior to event.

  • Cool Activities - 5:30 - 6:40 p.m.
  • Talk - 7:00 - 8:15

Dr. Rebecca Lewis is an Anthropology Professor at UT Austin who studies the social behavior and ecology of lemurs. She is the founder and Director of the Ankoatsifaka Research Station, whose mission is to research and conserve the plants and animals in the tropical dry forests of western Madagascar. By studying these enigmatic primates, she is able to test underlying assumptions about fundamental questions of the evolution of both human and non-human primate societies.

Hot Science – Cool Talks provides a front row seat to world-class research. Presented by the Environmental Science Institute (ESI) this nationally recognized series allows leading researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and other prominent universities to share their passion about science, technology, engineering and math with the general public. Events are held six times a year. For those who cannot attend in person, ESI streams the webcasts live online, and educators and others can host viewing events at their schools or watch at home.

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Student Activity Center (SAC), Auditorium (Rm. 1.402)
2201 SPEEDWAY, Austin, Texas 78712

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Science & Tech


All Departments

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Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public



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