Amy Porter, Ph.D.


Democratic Republic of the Congo

Amy Porter is a behavioral ecologist with a strong interest in interdisciplinary and comparative research. She has more than 10 years of field experience throughout the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, examining the behavioral ecology of primates and birds. For her dissertation research, Amy examined pair-mate relationships and behavioral flexibility in titi monkeys and saki monkeys, to better understand the evolution of social monogamy and the ways in which changes in the social and physical environment can affect pair-mate relationships.

Amy received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, in March 2016, and she joined the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund team in April 2016 to help investigate the social behavior, ecology, and demography of Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is also involved in the capacity-building and community development projects at both the Kahuzi-Biega and Nkuba field sites.