James Askew, Ph.D candidate

 

 Academic Address:

Jane Goodall Research Center

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Southern California

AHF B10

Los Angeles, CA, USA, 90089

Email: jamesask@usc.edu

Education:

Ph.D. 2011-Present: University of Southern California, USA, Integrative and Evolutionary Biology

MSc 2010: University of Exeter, UK, Animal Behaviour

BSc 2009: University of Plymouth, UK, Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology

Teaching Experience:

I have teaching experience, both in the classroom and the field, covering topics in primatology, bioacoustics, terrestrial and marine ecology, and international development. As a teacher and mentor, my aim is to provide students with the theoretical background and methodological tools to both challenge and inspire them. I still remember my first experiences of working in the field, how much I gained from applying theory to following the most amazing primates, and how much this experience guided me to where I am today! Using the lectures and assigned readings, students will develop their own independent research projects that will give them an insight into primate field research, the scientific method, and evolutionary theory. I hope to provide my students with a framework under which they’re able to explore, identify, and answer questions that excite them, developing critical thinking skills that will last beyond the field school, and that will be useful throughout their academic careers.

Research Interests:

James Askew working in the field.

My interests are in the evolution of behavioral flexibility and geographic variation, and their respective influences on primate social structure and reproductive physiology across the diverse range of environments primates inhabit. I previously spent more than three years in Sumatra and Borneo studying four distinctive populations of orangutans using an integrated set of methods including classic behavioral observation, bioacoustics, and field ecology / primatology techniques, supplemented with lab-based physiology studies. I also maintain a strong interest in conservation and tropical forest ecology, through which I’ve developed collaborations with a number of other researchers using a range of techniques, including survey development, GIS modelling, and camera trap studies.

Recent Publications:

2016: Askew, J.A. & Morrogh-Bernard, H. Long calls produced by male, Bornean orangutans (P. pygmaeus wurmbii) advertise individual identity context and an individual’s future direction of travel. Folia Primatologica. Vol. 87: 305-319.

In Review: Nowak, M.G., Askew, J.A., Singleton, I.P., Suprayudi, Mistar, & Wich S. Activity budgets and feeding ecology of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) in the Eastern Lowlands. International Journal of Primatology.

In prep: Askew, J.A., Linke, M., Luskin, M., Abernethy, J., & Nowak, M.G., Terrestrially amongst Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii).

2014-2016: Call of the Orangutan: Expedition Blog. Scientific American.

2012: Askew, J.A., The history of the palm oil trade in South-East Asia: Is there a sustainable future? Dornsife Environment. 1

Recent Presentations:

2016: Podium Presentation: Askew, J.A. (Presenter) & Nowak, M.G., Terrestriality amongst a population of Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo abelii). International Primatological Society XXVI Congress. Chicago, USA.

 2016: Podium Presentation: Nowak, M.G. (Presenter), Askew, J.A., Singleton, I.P., Suprayudi, Mistar, & Wich S. Activity budgets and feeding ecology of Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) in the Eastern Lowlands. International Primatological Society XXVI Congress. Chicago, USA.

2016: Podium Presentation: Abernethy, J. (Presenter), Askew J.A., Perea, L., & Nowak, M.G. Species composition and habitat use in a disturbed Sumatran rainforest: The effect of an increase in human activity. Society for Conservation Biology: Asia. Singapore, Singapore.

 2014: Podium Presentation: Askew, J.A. (Presenter) & Morrogh-Bernard, H.C: The long call of Bornean orangutans is individually and contextually discriminable, and provides an indication of future travel direction. International Primatological Society XXV Congress. Hanoi, Vietnam.

 2014: Podium Presentation: Delgado, R.A. (Presenter), Askew, J.A. & Siex, K.S: Correlates of geographic variation in Zanzibar Red Colobus vocalizations. International Primatological Society XXV Congress. Hanoi, Vietnam.

 2013: Podium Presentation: Askew J.A: A playback study to test the function of the Bornean orangutan long call. South West Association of Biological Anthropologists, Arizona State University, Tuscon, AZ.