Conservation & Science Staff Bios
Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes; Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology
- Ph.D. Candidate – Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago
- B.S. – Zoology, Michigan State University
Areas of Expertise
- Animal behavior
About Matthew Heintz:
As an undergraduate at Michigan State University, Matthew spent two summers studying the behavior of Belding’s ground squirrels. Afterwards, he spent three years working as a research specialist for Lisa Parr, Ph.D., at Yerkes National Primate Research Center. During this time, he was involved in a range of experiments, including match-to-sample computerized tasks studying the social and emotional cognition of nonhuman primates.
Currently, Matthew is a graduate student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. His research is studying the immediate and long-term benefits of play behavior in chimpanzees. He is examining how levels of play influence (1) levels of stress, health and development (immediate benefits) and (2) stress, dominance and reproductive success (long-term benefits). His research is funded by the NSF Graduate Fellowship, Leakey Foundation and Wenner-Gren Foundation.