Kyla Funk

Ph.D. Student

I moved to Newfoundland in fall 2022 to start my PhD in the Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program. For my BSc and MSc, I was involved in the Vervet Monkey Project at the University of Lethbridge, where I explored research topics relating to animal cognition, ethology, and ecology. I spent several years in South Africa studying vervet monkeys, and also acquired a part-time position monitoring wild African elephants on private reserves. During this time in South Africa, I identified several ecological and social consequences of elephant management practices that merit further investigation. Elephants are globally endangered, but often locally hyperabundant. To deal with hyperabundance, conservation efforts have shifted from promoting fertility to using contraception on private reserves and National parks. For my PhD project, I am interrogating the intersection of contraception-induced changes to habitat selection and sociality.