Thomas T. Struhsaker: Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Primatological Society 2006
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Thomas T. Struhsaker received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Primate Society (IPS) at the International Primatological Conference in 2006 in Uganda. We here have an opportunity not only to contemplate the enormous changes that have occurred in primate research, and in primate conservation, since Tom launched his career but also to honor Tom’s significant contribution to the changes. When Tom entered graduate school at Berkeley in 1961, field studies of primate populations in Africa were very sparse. At least in North America, people based their perceptions of tropical forests in Africa largely on Tarzan and King Kong films, and the main conservation problem in African national parks was too many elephants. Conservation organizations were just starting to become active in Africa and the global human population was 3.1 billion.
When Tom set off to study vervets (Cercopithecus aethiops) in East Africa in 1962, under the advisorship of Peter Marler, the field of...
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