Umass Psychology People
Amy M. Ryan
Position(s): Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Student
Primate social behavior and cognition; environmental effects on behavior and cognition; hormonal effects on social behavior; applied animal behavior, nutrition, and physiology; Conservation Biology
Ph.D., Neuroscience and Behavior: University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, expected May 2016
M.A., Psychology with Animal Behavior and Conservation concentration: Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, 2011
B.S., Biology, Cum Laude: The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2007
Master’s Thesis: The effects of group compositional changes on the social relationships of captive hamadryas baboons
Supervised by: Dr. Mark Hauber, Hunter College
Observed a group of hamadryas baboons at the Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, NY, while the group underwent compositional changes during the gradual introduction of two new females. Results suggest that relationships are affected by compositional changes even when original group members are removed not just when new members are added.
Recipient of University of Massachusetts Graduate Dissertation Research Grant, 2014
Certificate in the Advanced Psychology of Animal Behavior and Conservation, awarded by the New York State Education Department, 2010
Recipient of Hunter College Ruth Weintraub Scholarship, 2008
Ryan, A.M. and S.R. Partan. Urban Wildlife Behavior. Accepted. In Urban Wildlife Science: Theory and Practice. R. McCleery, C. Moorman, and N. Peterson, editors. Springer publishing.
Novak, M.A., Hamel, A.F., Coleman, K., Lutz, C.K., Worlein, J., Menard, M., Ryan, A., Rosenberg, K., & J.S. Meyer. Accepted. Hair loss and Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis activity in captive rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta): A cautionary tale. Laboratory Animal Science, 1-14.
Ryan, A.M., Chapman, C.A., & J.M. Rothman. 2012. How do differences in species and part consumption affect diet nutrient concentrations? A test with red colobus monkeys in Kibale National Park, Uganda. African Journal of Ecology, 51, 1-10.
PUBLISHED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
Ryan, A.M., Menard, M.T., Coleman, K., Lutz, C.K., Worlein, J.M., & M.A. Novak. 2013. Visual assessment of alopecia and hair loss patterns in laboratory-housed rhesus macaques using open source Image J software [Abstract]. American Journal of Primatology, 75 (S1), 60.
Ryan, A., Chapman, C.A., & J.M. Rothman. 2011. How do differences in dietary composition affect diet nutrient concentrations? A test with colobus monkeys in Kibale National Park, Uganda [Abstract]. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, S52, 260.
Ryan, A.M., Menard, M.T., Coleman, K., Lutz, C.K., Worlein, J.M., & M.A. Novak. 2013. Visual assessment of alopecia and hair loss patterns in laboratory-housed rhesus macaques using open source Image J software. American Society of Primatologists Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Ryan, A.M. & M.E. Hauber. 2011. Impacts of changing group composition on the social relationships of captive hamadryas baboons. Association of Zoos and Aquariums Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Ryan, A., Chapman, C.A., & J.M. Rothman. 2011. How do differences in dietary composition affect diet nutrient concentrations? A test with colobus monkeys in Kibale National Park, Uganda. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
OTHER RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Independent Study (2011-2012): The role of the environment in the evolution of multi-modal animal communication: Multi-modal shifts in urban noise
Supervised by: Dr. Sarah Partan, Hampshire College
Implemented a robotic playback study, trained teams of students, and led them in collection of field data on squirrel multimodal communication. Eastern grey squirrels were presented with a robotic model that generated naturalistic audio and visual signals. The playbacks took place in urban and rural areas and it will be analyzed whether squirrels in the differing sites respond differently to the squirrel robotic model.
Independent Study (2010): Are folivores limited by nitrogen in their diet? An analysis for black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus guereza) in Kibale National Park, Uganda
Supervised by: Dr. Jessica Rothman, Hunter College
Observed feeding behavior of colobus monkeys in Kibale National Park, Uganda, and collected plants consumed in addition to all daily fecal and urine output. Sought to analyze the nitrogen content of the plant species consumed along with the nitrogen present in output to determine how colobines balance their nitrogen levels.
TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA 2011-present Instructed Lab or Discussion Sections:
Animal Behavior Spring 2013, 2014
Interdisciplinary Directions in Psychology Fall 2013
Introduction to Biology Fall 2012
Methods of Inquiry in Psychology Fall 2011-Spring 2012
Teaching Assistant, Hunter College, New York, NY Jan 2010- June 2010
Graduate Assistant, Hunter College, New York, NY Aug 2009-Feb 2010
Animal Behavior Professional Intern, The Walt Disney Co., Orlando, FL Jan 2008 – June 2008
Wild Animal Keeper, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY May 2007 – July 2007
Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Graduate Women in Stem 2013-present
Graduate Student Representative,
Neuroscience and Behavior Program Steering Committee 2013-present
Co-Chair, Neuroscience and Behavior Spirited Discussions 2012-present
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS AND PEER REVIEW SERVICES
Animal Behavior Society, Student Member
American Society of Primatologists, Student Member
Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Student Member
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Academic and professional references available upon request.