ERIN P. RILEY, while a student at University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, was awarded a grant in February 2002 to aid research on 'Ethnoprimatology of Macaca tonkeana: The Interface of Macaque and Human Ecology in Sulawesi, Indonesia,' supervised by Dr. Carolyn L. Ehardt. Increasingly, in many areas of the world (e.g., Africa, Asia, and Southeast Asia), nonhuman primates and humans occur in close proximity, often utilizing and exploiting similar attributes of the environment, thus resulting in situations where there is a strong potential for conflict. In the context of protected areas (e.g., National Parks) and conservation, it is critical that research fully address both sides of the conflict; that is, the perspective of the nonhuman primates (i.e., how they respond to human-induced habitat change) and the perspectives of local human residents. The purpose of this project was to examine both the impact of human ecology (i.e., local subsistence patterns, forest resource use, attitudes towards conservation) on the socioeco1ogy and conservation of Macaca tonkeana and the impact of macaque ecology on the livelihoods of villagers in the Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Methodology for the project included primate socioeco1ogica1 research and ethnographic research. This project contributes to: 1) our understanding of the ecological and behavioral plasticity of primate populations who live in human-altered environments; 2) the new field of ethnoprimato1ogy; and 3) the improvement of conservation management plans for LLNP and its human and nonhuman primate inhabitants.
Riley, Erin P. 2010. The Endemic Seven: Four Decades of Research on the Sulawesi Macaques. Evolutionary Anthropology 91(1):22-36.
Riley, Erin P. 2007. The Human-Macaque Interface: Conservation Implications of Current and Future Overlap and Conflict in Lore Lindu National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia. American Anthropologist 109(3):473-484.