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Julia Ruppell

Julia RuppellVisiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Julia Ruppell’s professional accomplishments range from conducting research in the remote southeast Asian forests of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, to teaching biology and anthropology at PSU, PCC, and Pacific University, to working as a senior research associate at the Oregon Zoo. She completed her doctorate and master’s degrees at Portland State University, where she was honored to be a Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar, as well as the recipient of numerous research grants. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Rhode Island. Her research has four components: bioacoustics, conservation, ecology, and behavioral studies of and enrichment for animals in captivity. Her largest contribution to the field has been her impact on understanding critically endangered white-cheeked crested gibbons (small apes), including their species distributions and adaptations to seasonal change and extreme environments. At the Oregon Zoo her students research primate behavior and enclosure use to advise the planning of new exhibits with the goal of reducing stress, funded by a Murdock grant. Julia serves as chair of the AAAS Pacific Division evolution, organismal, and biodiversity section. The same awe, respect, and love for nature that propelled her research inspires her commitment to the classroom. At University of Portland, she is looking forward to teaching Introduction to Evolution and Ecology and Humans as Primates.

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