Dr. Dian Fossey: Leading Woman Scientist

Dian Fossey acquired many of her significant scientific credentials in mid-career, to support her work in gorilla research and conservation.  She began her long-term study of mountain gorillas in 1967 armed only with a degree in occupational therapy from San Jose State College, a passion for animals, and a sponsorship by the famous paleontologist Dr. Louis Leakey. Fossey soon determined to increase her credibility as a researcher by acquiring a doctorate, and she is now regarded as one of the most important female scientists in history.

Fossey typed her field notes late into the nightGraduate education

In 1970, Fossey left the mountains of Rwanda to enroll in the department of animal behavior at Darwin College, Cambridge. She studied under the direction of Dr. Robert Hinde, who had also been Jane Goodall’s supervisor.  She traveled between Cambridge and Africa until 1974, when she completed her Ph.D. 

Scientific publications by Dr. Dian Fossey

In addition to her Ph.D. dissertation  and her world-renowned book, Gorillas in the Mist, Fossey managed to publish many articles in both popular and scientific journals while at Karisoke™.

Fossey, D. (1972). Vocalizations of the mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei). Animal Behaviour 20: 36-53.

Fossey, D. (1974). Observations on the home range of one group of mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei). Animal Behaviour 22: 568-581.

Fossey, D. (1976). The Behaviour of the Mountain Gorilla. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Cambridge, England.

Fossey, D. (1976). Mountain gorilla research, 1967-1968. National Geographic Society Research Reports, 1968 Projects: 131-140.

Fossey, D. (1978). Mountain gorilla research, 1969-1970. National Geographic Society Research Report, 1969 Projects: 173-186.

Fossey, D. (1979). Development of the mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), through the first thirty-six months. Perspectives on Human Evolution, Vol. 5: The Great Apes, Eds. D. A. Hamburg and E. R. McCown. Redwood City, California: The Benjamin-Cummings Publishing Company. 139-184.

Fossey, D. (1980). Mountain gorilla research, 1971-1972. National Geographic Society Research Report, 1971 Projects: 237-255.

Fossey, D. (1982). Mountain gorilla research, 1974. National Geographic Research Report, 1973 Projects 14: 243-258.

Fossey, D. (1983). Gorillas in the Mist. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Fossey, D. (1983). Mountain gorilla research, 1974. National Geographic Society Research Report, 1974 Projects 14: 243-258.

Fossey, D. (1984). Infanticide in mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) with comparative notes on chimpanzees. Infanticide, Comparative and Evolutionary Perspectives, Eds. G. Hausfater and S. Blaffer-Hardy. New York: Aldine. 217-235.

Fossey, D. (1984). Mountain gorilla research, 1977-1979. National Geographic Society Research Reports, 1976 Projects: 363-412.

Fossey, D. and A. H. Harcourt (1977). Feeding ecology of free-ranging mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei). Primate Ecology: Studies of Feeding and Ranging Behaviour in Lemurs, Monkeys, And Apes, Ed. T. H. Clutton-Brock. London: Academic Press. 415-447.

Fossey, D., A. H. Harcourt and K. J. Stewart (1982). Reproduction among free-living gorillas. American Journal of Primatology (Supplement 1): 97-104.

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