Also coming are Meg Crofoot (an evolutionary anthropologist who studies movement and decision making in primates) and our postdoc Damien Farine to work on the baboon project. In 2012 Meg put super high resolution GPS collars on a troop of baboons at Mpala and followed them for a month. Now, using everything and dynamic analysis methods we are trying to make sense of those data and answer some deep biological questions about how social animals make decisions.
Of course, with this many people, everything that can go wrong, will. Equipment shipping, permits, visas, schedules, flights. The biggest impediment to research, turns out, is snow. With the snow storm on the east coast, and Dan and the students, Chuck, Sai an Co, coming from NJ and Boston, we were worried that the whole thing will not happen. I, sitting on the veranda of the Mpala Ranch House (think Hemingway travel descriptions), was concerned that I would have to spend the rest of the trip as a vacation. Or even extend our stay here! But, miraculously, people are actually making it, after the delays.