Keep up to date with the latest news from MacaqueNet and its collaborators, including events, new projects and puplications.
May 2022: New MacaqueNet logo - We are excited to announce that MacaqueNet now has its very own logo! We worked closely with Sarah Nason at Wapiti Studios, who has done a marvellous job visualising MacaqueNet. We wanted to include images of a few different macaques species, to emphasise the cross-species comparative nature of the collaborative network. The network element represents both our network of collaborators that have joined together to build MacaqueNet and make it what it is today, as well as hinting to the social focus of MacaqueNet. We think it’s perfect, even if we do say so ourselves!
Nov 2021: “Weaving the MacaqueNet” symposium - In Nov 2021 we successfully hosted our first ever MacaqueNet conference. This 3-day symposium provided an opportunity for all the current data contributors to meet, discuss their research and learn about ongoing projects. Together, we discussed the future directions of MacaqueNet as well as the current state and future avenues of macaque social behaviour research as a whole. This event was a major milestone for MacaqueNet and marked the maturation of MacaqueNet from a mere concept to it becoming a international network of like-minded macaque researchers. While it has been amazing to see the database grow with behavioural data from all over the world, witnessing so many experts in macaque research come together, willing and open to collaborate and share resources in the name of “big team” science has been truly breathtaking and exceeded all expectations.
Updates From Collaborators
Apr 2022: Cayo Santiago field site - April 26th marked the start of the 2-day annual research conference for the Cayo Santiago field station in Puerto Rico, one of MacaqueNet’s many collaborator field sites. This year’s jamboree was extra special, as it was the first in-person event for the field site since before the pandemic! Over 60 researchers, including field assistants and early career researchers from global institutions including Cayo Santiago, Arizona State University, University of Exeter, New York Univeristy and Univeristy of Pennsylvania gathered to celebrate recent work on rhesus macaque social behaviour and genomics. Dr Delphine De Moor presented “MacaqueNet” and her current comparative project looking at links between social complexity and diversity. In true MacaqueNet style, each research group advertised their respective data resources, including the long-term behavioural database and tissue biobank. We are excited to see what kinds of collaborative studies emerge from this sharing of data at next year’s annual jamboree!
Apr 2022: Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary - Our collaborator field site Phu Khieo in Thailand welcomed a pair of twin assamese macaque babies in 2022! These rare babies mark the first twin birth in over 200 births at the field site.