Jack L. Richardson

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Jack L. Richardson

PhD Student (he/him)


Program: Human Paleobiology Ph.D

Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Advisor: Shannon McFarlin

BSc (Biological Sciences) 2013, Imperial College London

MPhil (Human Paleobiology) 2023, The George Washington University

Jack is currently working on his PhD research studying variation in play behaviour in wild mountain gorillas from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The goal is to explore what factors correlate with variation in play, how play varies depending on characteristics of individuals involved and how play correlates with development. Jack is also involved with the data management of long-term behavioural data at the Bwindi gorilla research project and the Loango gorilla research project.I have a keen interest in primate behaviour and conservation.

Play behaviour, gorillas, primate conservation

2023 Robbins, M. M., Akantorana, M., Arinaitwe, J., Breuer, T., Manguette, M., McFarlin, S., Meder, A., Parnell, R., Richardson, J. L., Stephan, C., Stokes, E. J., Stoinski, T. S., Vecellio, V., & Robbins, A. M. Comparative life history patterns of female gorillas. American Journal of Biological Anthropology, October 2022, 564–574. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24792

2022  Richardson, J. L., Levy, E. J., Ranjithkumar, R., Yang, H., Monson, E., Cronin, A., Galbany, J., Robbins, M. M., Alberts, S. C., Reeves, M. E., & Mcfarlin, S. C. (2022). Automated , high ‑ throughput image calibration for parallel ‑ laser photogrammetry. Mammalian Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42991-021-00174-7

2019  Robbins, M.M., Akantorana, M., Arinaitwe, J., Richardson, J. et al. "Dispersal and reproductive careers of male mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, UgandaPrimates pp. 133-142

The role of social play in the development of gorillas