Project Title: Communication and cultural transmission in populations of free-ranging Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus)

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Cohort: 2015/16

Institution: Durham University, Newcastle University, University of York

Supervisors:
• Dr. Rachel Kendal (Durham University)
• Dr. Jo Setchell (Durham University)
• Dr. Domhnall Jennings (Newcastle University)
• Dr. Bess Price (Newcastle University)
• Dr. Dan Franks (University of York)

Biography:

I studied Biology in the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Despite I mostly focused on Genetics, Cell Biology and Biomedicine, during my last years I got involved in the field of Animal Conservation and I changed my future plans after doing an internship in Mona Sanctuary, where I fell in love with primates.

After that, I did an MSc in Conservation and a Postgraduate in Primatology. During my studies in conservation and primatology I gained some experience in research and academic teaching, I published some work and I became a member of the Board Directors of the Spanish Primatological Association as a Spokesperson of the Education, Divulgation and Communication Committee.

I also am a Lab Technician and a Pharmacy Assistant with more than 5 years of professional experience. One of my main interests is teaching in which I have 3 years of professional experience as well, and I keep volunteering at Mona in research and educational activities.

Currently, I am a PhD student in Durham University, but I am doing my fieldwork in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve, where I will spend almost 1.5 years collecting data on two populations of free-ranging Barbary macaques. My project aims to understand what kind of social bonding relationships shape communication networks, how this communication networks predict who observes whom in open diffusion experiments and how different types of communication signals influence social learning.

 
Publications/Conference talks/Posters:

García-Nisa, I., Sansone, B., Escuin, A., Llorente, M., Sánchez-López, S. (2015). Grey or sparkling? Lunatic or earthly? A way to unravel the personality dimensions in Cercocebus atys lunulatus. Folia Primatologica, 86 (4), 285.

García-Nisa, I., Sansone, B., Escuin, A., Llorente, M., Sánchez-López, S. (2015). Grey or sparkling? Lunatic or earthly? A way to unravel the personality dimensions in Cercocebus atys lunulatus. 6th European Federation of Primatology Meeting/XXII Italian Association of Primatology Congress.

Vighi M., García-Nisa, I., Borrell A., Aguilar A. (2015). The fin whale, a marine top consumer, exposes strengths and weaknesses of the use of fluoride as ecological tracer. Chemosphere, 127, 229-237.

Vighi, M., García-Nisa, I., Borrell, A., Aguilar, A. Variability of fluoride levels within and between two populations of North Atlantic fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus). 2014 European Association for Aquatic Mammals Symposium.

Get in touch:

Email: ivan.garcia-nisa@durham.ac.uk
Facebook: facebook.com/igarcia.nisa
Twitter: twitter.com/ivangarcianisa
Personal webpage: ivangarcianisa.wordpress.com