Conservation & Science Staff Bios

Marisa Shender

  Research Assistant
Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes

Education

  • B.S. – Zoology, Michigan State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Ape behavior

About Marisa Shender:

Marisa received her B.S. from Michigan State University in June 2008; she majored in zoology with a concentration in animal behavior as well as fulfilling pre-veterinary medicine requirements. As an undergraduate she worked with Steven Arnoczky, D.V.M., in his Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research within Michigan State’s veterinary school. Her main duties were assisting with histology as well as other cellular analysis. This work in a laboratory environment ignited her interest in the use of animals in research and the repercussions that occur within the animal.

Marisa began working at the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes in fall 2008 as a data collector on the behavioral-monitoring project. Later she began to assist in the data entry for Gombe Mother-Infant Research as part of her internship.

In summer 2010 Marisa was hired as the ethosearch coordinator to assist entry, collection and organization of multi-species ethograms offered on the project website. In June 2012, she was hired as research assistant, where she performs administrative duties pertaining to the Fisher Center and assists with ongoing research projects. Her research focuses on the social-spacing project, which investigates group spacing in chimpanzees and gorillas at Regenstein Center for African Apes.

Publications

E. R. Boeving, M. A. Shender, K. E. Wagner, S. R. Ross 2013. A behavioral evaluation of pregnant zoo-housed gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). American Journal of Primatology. 75(S1), 77.

S. E. Henley, M. A. Shender, K. E. Wagner, S. R. Ross 2013. Behavioral development in a new group of bachelor gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). American Journal of Primatology. 75(S1), 77.

L. M. Kurtycz, M. A. Shender, S. R. Ross 2013. Changes in western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) group cohesion following the birth of a baby. American Journal of Primatology. 75(S1), 89.

M. H. Brown, M. A. Shender, K. E. Wagner, S. R. Ross 2013. Potential factors associated with stereotyped ear-covering behavior in an adolescent male gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). American Journal of Primatology. 75 (S1), 49.

M. A. Shender, S. R. Ross 2013. The effects of available space on a group of captive gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) living in a naturalistic zoo-setting. American Journal of Primatology. 75(S1), 51.

Shender, M.S., Anderson, K.E., Ross, S.R. 2012. Group cohesion in captive gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) living in a naturalistic zoo exhibit. American Journal of Primatology, 74 S1: 75.

Milstein, MS, Lonsdorf, EV, Ross, SR and Linick SA. 2008. A comparison between chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) and gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) social tolerance at an artificial termite mound. American Journal of Primatology, 70:58.

Arnoczky, SP, Lavagnino, M, Egerbacher, M, Caballero, O, Gardner, K, and Shender, MA. 2008. Loss of homeostatic strain alters mechanostat “set point” of tendon cells in vitro. Clinical Orthopedic Related Research, 466 (7): 1583-1591.