Christina Doelling


Conservation & Science


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


Research Coordinator


Post-baccalaureate – Advanced Biological Studies, Northwestern University
B.F.A. – Sculpture, Columbia College Chicago

Areas of Expertise

  • Primate behavioral ecology
  • Alouatta palliata parenting and social structure
  • Primate social cognition


After graduating from Columbia College in 2012 with a B.F.A. in sculpture with a focus on metalworking, Christina established her own metalworking business. She eventually decided to go back to school to pursue her love of animal science and is currently finishing up her post-baccalaureate in advanced biological studies at Northwestern University, where she assisted in the administration of four research laboratories for two and a half years. In 2018, she joined the volunteer team at Lincoln Park Zoo and began collecting behavioral monitoring data on a number of different species.

In December 2018, Christina traveled to La Suerte Biological Field Station in Costa Rica to participate in a research opportunity with Laura Bolt, Ph.D. There, she studied the social dynamics and alloparenting behavior of mantled howler monkeys. She also served as a research assistant, collecting data for the La Suerte Forest Fragmentation and Primate Behavioral Ecology Project under supervisors Laura Bolt, Ph.D., and Amy Schreier, Ph.D.

She returned to Chicago with renewed enthusiasm to continue studying and helping conserve primates. In July 2019, she joined the Fisher Center team to manage the center’s administrative projects and assists in ongoing research projects.