Odd Jacobson

IMPRS doctoral candidate
Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies

Main Focus

I am a field biologist, starting my PhD studying demography, information, and movement ecology of white-faced capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica.

I received my BS degree from Colorado State University where I studied Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation BiologyAfterwards, I assisted with field projects like physiological tolerances of stream insects, habitat preference and territories of thrashers, occupancy estimates of chipmunks, and movement and behavior of wild burros. However, my main research interests developed during my two years participating at the Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project in Costa Rica. While chasing wild capuchin monkeys through the treacherous terrain of Lomas Barbudal I became infatuated by the factors that shaped their movement patterns. Using 30 year long-term data, I aim to investigate how migration and resulting shifts in balance of power between groups affects the new groups’ ranging patterns and how immigrating males are spreading knowledge of resources of their former habitats. I am interested in investigating if after fission events, daughter groups avoid each other when establishing new ranges, and whether these boundaries are relaxed over time as ‘bookkeeping’ is forgotten. Fitting my work, I love backpacking, hiking and traveling, and I am excited to move to soccer-loving Europe.

Curriculum Vitae

2011-2015 B.S. Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology – Colorado State University (CSU). Fort Collins,
Cumulative GPA: 3.884. Cum Laude. Dean’s List: 2013, 2014, 2015. Concentration in

2014 Study Abroad in Wildlife Management The School for Field Studies (SFS). Center for Wildlife
Management Studies, Rhotia, Tanzania, East Africa.

2018 GRE Test Scores – Verbal Reasoning: 155/170 (69th percentile). Quantitative Reasoning: 158/170
(68th Percentile). Analytical Writing: 4.0/6.0 (59th Percentile).
2018-2019 Wild Horse and Burro Project – Lake Pleasant, Arizona
Nine months as a research assistant for part of a five-year study with the USGS and Colorado State University
examining the demography and behavioral ecology of wild burros in Arizona. Goals: 1. To assist the BLM in
management of free-roaming wild horses and burros on public lands. 2. To examine space use patterns of wild
burros in order to help The Arizona Game and Fish Department mitigate vehicle collisions. Tasks: To track and
monitor wild burros using radio telemetry, collect behavioral and demographic data, collect fecal samples for
genetic anlyses, communicate with landowners and other stakeholders, collect nasal/trachea swabs and mortality
data on deceased burros, and manage/enter data.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Sarah King.
2018 Chipmunk Project - Ruidoso, New Mexico
Two months as a research assistant for a masters project on Penasco least chipmunks (Tamias minimus atristriatus)
at New Mexico State University. Goals: To examine habitat preferences and methods for estimating occupancy
Tasks: set and monitor Sherman traps and camera traps, handling small mammals, taking measurements for
identification, collecting tissue samples, administering ear tags, vegetation surveys.
Masters Student: Fiona
2016-2019 Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Project – Bagaces, Costa Rica
Eighteen months through 2016-2017, one month in 2018, and four months in 2019 as a research assistant, training
manager, and lab manager
for a long-term behavioral project on White-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus).
Goals: 1. To study various aspects of social intelligence and behavioral ecology. 2. To document the life histories of
over 200 individual capuchins within 10 distinct social groups. Tasks: Collect data using focal follows, ad libitum,
group scans, and phenology protocols, fecal sampling and processing, data editing and processing, training new
field assistants, supervising data collection.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Susan Perry.
2016 Bendire’s Thrasher Project – New Mexico and Arizona
Five months as a research assistant for a masters project on Bendire’s Thrashers (Toxostoma bendirei). Goals: To
examine habitat requirements and distribution. Tasks: avian point count surveys, identifying western birds by sight
and sound, territory mapping, vegetation surveys, communicating with landowners, navigating to transects, data
Masters student: Cody Bear.
2015 EVOTRAC Project – Fort Collins, Colorado
Four months as a research and lab assistant for a PhD project on mayflies (Ephemeroptera), stoneflies (Plecoptera),
and caddisflies (
Trichoptera). Goals: 1. To examine thermal physiological tolerances of aquatic insects across
different latitudes (i.e. between temperate and tropical regions). 2. To draw inferences about how stream
ecosystems might respond to climate change. Tasks: Collecting and identifying steam insects, collecting data on

stream conditions, conducting thermal and metabolic experiments in the lab, weighing insects, data entry, data
analysis, navigating to field sites.
PhD student: Dr. Alisha Shah.
2014 The School for Field Studies – Tanzania, East Africa
One month of independent research examining products of traditional medicine used among the Maasai tribe.
Goals: To study the various amphibian and reptilian resources used by the Maasai people for traditional medicine
and spiritual rituals. 2. To examine the impacts these practices have on herp conservation and offer potential
management plans to stakeholders. Tasks: interviewing various members of the Maasai tribe (e.g. elders, traditional
healers, and wildlife managers), scientific writing, literature review, data analysis.
Supervisor: Dr. John Kioko.
2019 Mule Deer and Bighorn Sheep Collaring – Central Arizona
Two days as a volunteer assistant for a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)
collaring effort with the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Connectivity Program. Goals: To collect
movement data in areas facing potential pressure from infrastructure. Tasks: 1. To work as part of a team to locate
mule deer and bighorn sheep. 2. To help the fixed-wing pilot locate the animals using radio communication and
hand signaling from the ground.
Project Manager: Scott Sprague.
2016 Gambel’s and Scaled Quail Project – White Sands, New Mexico
One day as a volunteer assistant for a PhD project on Gamble’s quail (Callipepla gambelii) and Scaled quail
Callipepla squamata). Goals: To study home range and nest success. Tasks: box and funnel trapping, handling and
banding, radio telemetry.
PhD student: Elizabeth Leipold.
Other field skills and hobbies
Thriving in the wilderness from desert to jungle
Identification of individuals – primates and equids
Driving 4x4 vehicles off-road
Backpack traveling (e.g. Asia, Africa, South America)
Sports (e.g. soccer (football) and snowboarding)
Backpacking in the wilderness
Computer skills
Proficient in:
Experience in:
Susan Perry, Ph.D.
Evolutionary Anthropologist/Professor
UCLA Department of Anthropology
330B Haines, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310)-267-4338
Email: sperry@anthro.ucla.edu
Sarah King, Ph.D.
Research Scientist/ USGS Collaborator
Natural Resource and Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University
Campus Delivery 1499, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: (970) 226-9233

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