Patricia C. WrightDistinguished Service Professor
Ph.D., City University of New York, 1985
Courses taught at Stony Brook include ANP360 Primate Conservation and ANP630 Topics in Tropical Conservation.
Patricia C. Wright's research in tropical ecology, primatology,
and conservation biology includes a long term study (1986 - present)
of the behavioral ecology of Propithecus edwardsi, the Milne
Edward's sifaka, in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Wright,
her students and post docs investigate the demography, feeding
behavior, parasite loads, infant development, genetics, tooth wear,
reproductive behavior, predation pressure, and aging in this wild
community of four adjacent rain forest sifaka groups. Current
research includes investigating the growth, tooth eruption patterns,
and ontogeny of various lemur species, the nutritional composition
of lemur foods, the relationship between lemur foods and medicinal
plants, the role of parasites on populations, and the effect of
habitat disturbance on lemur populations. Wright′s long term database
on individual lemurs, weather patterns, and plant phenology is
maintained at SUNY Stony Brook. Wright also conducts biodiversity
surveys in tropical forests of Madagascar to address conservation
problems. In addition, Wright is spearheading construction of
dormitories and computer facilities at the international research
station (Centre ValBio) adjacent to Ranomafana National Park.
Wright′s recent NSF grant addresses senescence in wild lemurs,
particularly mouse lemurs and sifakas.