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Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. 2015, Biological Sciences, University of Southern California
Graduate Certificate, 2010, Geographic Information Science and Technology, University of Southern California
B.A. 1998, Biology, Amherst College

Laura C. Loyola, Ph.D., is Lecturer of Spatial Sciences with the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California.

Her research is in the behavioral ecology and conservation of the Tana River red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus). She investigates the behavioral observations and spatio-temporal analyses on the relationship between habitat quality and metabolizable energy for an endangered species in its natural habitat, which have consequences for wildlife conservation and forest management. She uses Geographic Information Science (GIS) and remote sensing techniques to achieve applied conservation goals on a broad scale.

The honors and awards she has received include the 2013-2014 Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Merit Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in 2015 in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Southern California.

She is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Sciences (SACNAS), the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the Animal Behavioral Society, the International Society of Primatologists, the American Society of Primatologists, The Sierra Club, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and The Nature Conservancy.

Recent publication:

Coiner-Collier, S., Scott, R.S., Chalk-Wilayto, J., Cheyne, S.M., Constantino, P., Dominy, N.J., Elgart, A.A., Glowacka, J., Loyola, L.C., “Primate dietary ecology in the context of food mechanical properties.” Journal of Human Evolution. 98: 103-118 (September 2016).