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Primate Life-History Database Workshop Group Photo
Left to right. FLOOR: J.Altman, M. Cords. SEATED: L. Aiello, W. Morris, D. Brockman, S. Alberts, R. Wrangham, M. Weiss. MIDDLE: J. Beck, L. Fedigan, N. G. Steklis, K. Strier, P. Wright, A. Pusey, D. Zeitlyn. BACK: W. Dittus, H. Sugiura, K. Glander, K. Pinc, M. Huffman, U. Reichard, N. Franz

September 23-25, 2005
Wenner-Gren Foundation, New York, NY



Leslie Aiello (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Susan Alberts (Duke U., USA)
Jeanne Altmann (Princeton U., USA)
Jeanne C. Beck (Coriell Cell Repositories, USA)
Diane K. Brockman (U. North Carolina, USA)
Marina Cords (Columbia U., USA)
Wolfgang Dittus (Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka)
Linda M. Fedigan (U. Calgary, Canada)
Nico Franz (U. California–Santa Barbara, USA)
Netzin Gerald Steklis (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, USA)
Ken Glander (Duke U., USA)
Michael A. Huffman (Kyoto U., Japan)
William F. Morris (Duke U., USA)
Karl O. Pinc (The Meme Factory, Inc., USA)
Anne Pusey (U. Minnesota–St. Paul, USA)
Ulrich Reichard (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany)
Karen B. Strier (U. Wisconsin, USA)
Hideki Sugiura (Kyoto U., Japan)
Mark L. Weiss (Office of Science and Technology Policy, USA)
Richard Wrangham (Harvard U., USA)
Patricia C. Wright (Stony Brook U., USA)
David Zeitlyn (U. Kent, UK)

Final Report

The Wenner-Gren Foundation hosted and supported a 2-day workshop entitled “Primate Life History Databank: Setting the Agenda”. Participants included fourteen principal investigators of some of the world's longest-running primate field studies and an eclectic group of data specialists, scientists involved in large-scale collaborations, and representatives of funding agencies. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the feasibility of launching a unique collaborative effort among primatologists, with the ultimate goal of developing an interactive, supported resource, the Primate Life History Databank(PLHD). The PLHD would allow qualified researchers to archive data and facilitate collaborative research efforts around them.

The workshop was organized around the premise that long-term, individual-based field studies are the best sources of life history data for addressing evolutionary and ecological