The Dania Beach Vervet Project was started by Ph.D. candidate, Deborah (Missy) Williams, in January of 2014. The project is housed in the primate lab at Florida Atlantic University. The site will be maintained as a long term field research center by Missy after she completes her degree. Missy is collecting non-invasive behavioral, ecological, genetic, and ethnoprimatological data for her dissertation. Her field assistant, Cheryl Ruiz, is a biology major at Broward College. Cheryl plans to study the Dania Beach vervet population for her future graduate research.
This project is supported by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Broward County of Commissioners, Port Everglades, Broward County Parks and Recreation, local law enforcement agencies, and private businesses. The monkeys are not to be harassed, abused, harmed, or trapped per Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Anyone suspected of activities will be reported and potentially prosecuted by the law.
Be a citizen scientist! If you see a monkey please use the link to report a sighting. Your input is a valuable data point to help understand how the monkeys move through the urban landscape: http://www.vervetproject.com/report_sighting.php
Your opinion counts! Please fill out the anonymous survey to let us know what you think about the local monkeys: www.surveymonkey.com/r/P73GTZW
If you are interested in working with the project, please email your resume to be considered. We welcome those that work independently, think critically, and possess some field experience.
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