Marni LaFleur
Alumni: Biological Anthropology

Marni LaFleur was a doctoral student focusing on primate behavioral ecology who graduated in Spring 2012. Her research examines the ecology and evolution of ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta). Marni is particularly interested in the causal mechanism of female dominance in lemurs. In order to test the Energy Conservation Hypothesis and understand if/how female lemurs benefit from dominance over male, Marni is studying:

  • Lemur feeding behavior
  • Plant food nutrition
  • Measures of animal stress

Marni’s doctoral research took place at the Tsimanampetsotsa National Park, which is a large spiny/scrub forest reserve in southwestern Madagascar. The park contains many species of critically endangered plants and animals and is also home to several groups of ring-tailed lemurs. Marni’s research has been funded by the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Geographic Society.