Lab members & Prospective students


Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Biology at the Master’s or PhD level should take the time to review my recent publications and should contact me directly (vschoof[at]glendon[dot]yorku[dot]ca). Please see York’s “Steps to apply“. At this time, I am looking for 1 PhD student, and possibly one MSc student, for September 2019. Interested students who wish to apply for NSERC CGS-D, NSERC CGS-M, or provincial funding (e.g., FQRNT) should contact me well in advance of the application deadlines.

Students with a background in biology, environmental studies, biological anthropology, psychology, or other related fields are welcome to apply. I am especially interested in applicants who would like to focus on some aspect of vervet reproductive strategies, dominance, development, life-history, and/or endocrinology (field site: Lake Nabugabo, Uganda).



Kyle T. Hendrikson, PhD Candidate 2017-2021: Kyle is a PhD student who joined our program in August 2017. He earned his master’s degree at University College London where he examined the ecological factors influencing behavior at sleeping sites of baboons (Papio anubis) in Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria. His current research explores the relationships between temporal patterns of food availability, foraging behavior, and female reproductive events among vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) living in a human-modified landscape at Lake Nabugabo, Uganda. Kyle is also interested in the dynamics of human-wildlife conflict that are associated with habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation.

Simon L'Allier

Simon L’Allier, incoming MSc student 2018-2020: Simon is interested in the proximate factors that lead to dispersal in male primates. His thesis will focus on male vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) at Lake Nabugabo, Uganda,  where he will examine behaviour and dominance status before and after dispersal. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Anthropology at the University of Montreal in 2018.

KarinKarin Snyder, incoming MSc student 2018-2020: Karin is broadly interested in primate endocrinology, sexual signaling and dominance. She will assess whether androgen and glucocorticoid levels are associated with male dominance rank, and whether rank and hormone primate are useful predictors of genital coloration in wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) at the Nabugabo Vervet Project in southwestern Uganda. Karin received her B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from MacEwan University in Edmonton in 2016 and since then has been working alongside researchers as an assistant.

Dina Greenberg, undergraduate research assistant 2016-present: Dina started off as a volunteer research assistant processing hormone samples from Solid Phase Extraction cartridges collected from vervets. In the fall, she will be starting her undergraduate Honours thesis, where she will quantify genital coloration from vervet monkey photos for her Honours thesis.  For the past two summers, she has worked in Dr. Valerius’ lab at the Brigham Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School doing research on the development of tools suited for human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) lines and organoids.


Megan Schwegel, NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award 2018: Having just completed the second year of her BSc in Biology at York’s Glendon College, Megan was award ed an NSERC Undergraduate Research Award to spend the 2018 Summer studying the influence of maternal dominance rank on mothering style in vervets.


Kat Zogorulko, undergraduate research assistant 2017-present: Kat is an undergraduate student (BSc in Biology at York’s Glendon College) who has been working on extracting and organizing demographic information for our three vervet study groups. She will be spending Summer 2018 doing an internship in Costa Rica, helping with a range of projects in tropical ecology. We look forward to having Kat back in the Fall!


Victor Olek, NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award 2017 (co-supervised  with Laura McKinnon)




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