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, Christina decided to go back to school to pursue her love of animal behavior and welfare. She completed her post-baccalaureate in advanced biological studies at Northwestern University, where she also assisted in the administration of four research laboratories.

In December 2018, Christina traveled to La Suerte Biological Field Station in Costa Rica to participate in a research opportunity with primatologist Laura Bolt, Ph.D., of University of Toronto, Missisauga. 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 Bolt and Amy Schreier, Ph.D, a behavioral ecologist at Regis University.

Christina joined the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes in July 2019. She manages the center’s administrative duties and assists in ongoing research projects on grounds and with external collaborators. She oversees the internship program and provides training in primate behavioral data collection methods using ZooMonitor. Her own research has examined the correlation between wound receipt and personality in Japanese macaques across Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions.


  • Doelling, C. R., Cronin, K.A., Ross, S.R, & Hopper, L.M (2021). The relationship between personality, season, and wounding receipt in zoo-housed Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata): A multi-institutional study. American Journal of Primatology, 83(12), e23332.
  • Huskisson, S.M., Doelling, C. R., Ross, S.R, & Hopper, L.M (2021). Assessing the potential impact of zoo visitors on the welfare and cognitive performance of Japanese macaques. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 243, 10543.