Maddie McNelis
Field Program Leader

Maddie started at FPI in the summer of 2018 as a research assistant studying primate behavior as well as disease ecology. Her first summer was spent documenting a dispersing female emperor tamarin as well as establishing home ranges for emperor and saddleback tamarin family groups. She couldn’t stay away and returned in the summer of 2019 as a team leader and helped manage data collection for the field season. Following her work with FPI, Maddie worked with labs from University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania studying macaques in Puerto Rico. She now works for the Hlusko Lab at UC Berkeley, investigating the evolution of mammary glands. She plans on continuing her work on mammary glands and lactational comparative biology to illuminate the effects of climate change on maternal care.