McFarland Lab



Jessica Briner
University of the Witwatersrand
Jess is a second-year Ph.D. student and a qualified veterinarian specializing in wildlife and exotic animal medicine. Jess graduated from the University of Oxford with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences in 2007 before completing her Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 2014, and her Masters in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford in 2015. Jess has a keen interest in wildlife medicine, conservation and research. Jess is currently the veterinarian at Montecasino Bird Gardens and the research veterinarian for the Wildlife Conservation Physiology lab at the University of the Witwatersrand. Jess' PhD will focus on the thermal physiology and body temperature patterns of wild chacma baboons.  

Amanda Rae Carter
University of Wisconsin - Madison 
Amanda is a first-year Ph.D. student with an interdisciplinary background in behavioral neuroscience, anthropology, and women’s studies. She graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Clemson University in 2013 and a M.A. in Anthropology from UNC – Charlotte in 2016. For her master’s thesis, Amanda investigated the impacts of captivity on the social relationships of a group of hamadryas baboons housed at the North Carolina Zoo with a specific focus on allomaternal care. Amanda is broadly interested in reproductive physiology, endocrinology, life history, and behavioral flexibility.

Emma Kirby
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Emma is a first-year PhD student with an interdisciplinary background in forensic anthropology and primatology. Emma graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology with a double minor from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the fall of 2012, and a M.A. in Anthropology from Wichita State University in the spring of 2016. For her master’s thesis, Emma examined the use of tools in Sumatran orangutans at the Sedgwick County Zoo, Kansas. Emma has completed internships at Chimp Haven and the Animal Behavior and Endocrinology Reproductive laboratory at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Emma is interested in thermal physiology, GIS, and primate behavioral flexibility.  

Catherine Hand
University of Roehampton
Cat is an M.Res. student at the University of Roehampton. Cat graduated with a BSc in Zoology from the University of Roehampton in July 2017. For her MRes, Cat will be investigating the effect of reproductive state on the intensity of aggressive behaviors in wild female chacma baboons. Cat will complete her M.Res. under the supervision of Dr. Harry Marshall.



Abby Chiesa, 2018-
Chrissy Grebe, 2016-17
Tamara Lumb, 2017-18
Sophie Collier, 2016-18