Kara Nuss

Kara received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology in 2009.

Current Position: Instructor, Biology Department, Northeastern Illinois University

My dissertation research focuses on a small, new-world primate, the Goeldi’s monkey (Callimico goeldii). This species has been housed in U.S. zoos for over fifty years, and a captive breeding program was established in 1970’s. While targeted breeding efforts have been somewhat successful, substantial reproductive failure still exists within the captive population. The basic goal of my work is to determine what differentiates pairs that breed regularly and successfully rear offspring with those that fail to do so. To achieve this, I am conducting multiple studies that incorporate behavioral, hormonal, and genetic methods to investigate factors that may contribute to the differential reproductive success observed in this captive primate population.