Alicia M. Rich, Assistant Professor , Biology & Earth Science
Alicia Rich is a molecular primatologist and one of the core faculty in the Zoo and Conservation Science Program. She teaches the Introductory Biology Sequence, Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education, Zoo Management and Conservation Engagement, Animal Reproduction, and Conservation Biology. Rich directs the lab for Primates in Anthropogenic Landscapes (PAL). Her lab members analyze genetic samples collected from captive and wild primates all over the world. In addition to her lab on campus, Rich leads research in Itwara Forest Reserve in Uganda. She and her team at Itwara focus on a variety of wild primates and other mammals, including chimpanzees, pottos, and African golden cats. Dr. Rich also monitors wildlife at Itwara using motion-activated cameras, which give her students year-round, remote eyes in an African forest. In addition to Uganda, she has also studied wild primates in Costa Rica, Kenya, and South Africa, and she has an ongoing collaboration in Vietnam/Thailand. Dr. Rich started her career in wildlife biology by working at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, where she held positions in the departments of Education, Mammals, and Research. She also held an appointment in 2019 as a Visiting Researcher at South Africa’s National Zoo in Pretoria.
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