Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Robakis, E., Watsa, M., and Erkenswick, G.A. (2018) Classification of producer characteristics in primate long calls using neural networks. J. Acoust. Soc. of Am. 144, 344. https://doi.org/10.1121/1.5046526

Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G.A., and Robakis, E. (2017). Modeling developmental class provides insights into individual contributions to infant survival in callitrichids. International Journal of Primatology, 38(6): 1032-1057 doi.org/10.1007/s10764-017-9995-4    pdf

Erkenswick, G.A., Watsa, M., Pacheco, M.A., Escalante, A.A. and Parker, P.G., 2017. Chronic Plasmodium brasilianum infections in wild Peruvian tamarins. PloS one12(9), p.e0184504. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0184504    pdf

Erkenswick, G. A., Watsa, M., Gozalo, A. S., Dmytryk, N., & Parker, P. G. (2017). Temporal and demographic blood parasite dynamics in two free-ranging neotropical primates. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 6(2), 59-68. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijppaw.2017.03.004      pdf

Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G. A., Halloran, D., Kane, E. E., Poirier, A., Klonoski, K., Cassalet, S., Maciag, E., Mangalea, M. R., Dinsmore, M. P., McCready, H., Boughan, B. K., Parker, C., Hickmott, A., Nole, I. E., & Zuñiga, A. 2015. A field protocol for the capture and release of callitrichids. Neotropical Primates 22 (2): 59-68 pdf

Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G.A., Rehg, J. Leite Pitman, R. 2012. Distribution and new sightings of Goeldi’s monkey (Callimico goeldii) in Amazonian Perú. International Journal of Primatology 33(6): 1477-1502 doi:10.1007/s10764-012-9632-1 pdf

Manuscripts in Review

Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G., Pomerantz, A., Prost, S. Genomics in the jungle: Using portable sequencing as a teaching tool in field courses. BioRxiv https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/581728v1

Sacco, A, Mayhew, J.A., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G.A, Binder, A.K. A non-invasive measure of health: Validation of a method assessing urinary neopterin concentration in Platyrrhines. Scientific Reports

Souza-Alves JP, Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G.A., 62 other authors & Barnett AA. (Resubmission) Terrestrial behavior in titi monkeys (CallicebusCheracebus, and Plecturocebus). International Journal of Primatology

Erkenswick, G., Watsa, M., Dudaie, S., Muranda, K., Parker, P. A multi-year survey of helminths from the gastrointestinal tract of wild saddleback (Leontocebus weddelli) and emperor (Saguinus imperator) tamarins. American Journal of Primatology. BioRxiv. doi.org/10.1101/459099

Robakis, E., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G. Vocal Transmission of Breeding Status May Facilitate Dispersal in a Cooperative Breeding Primate. Animal Behavior. BioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/525121

 Manuscripts in Preparation

Watsa, M. Erkenswick, G., Swamy, V., Pomerantz, A., Hill, K.C., Aguilar, A. P. P., Diaz, G. I., Prost, S. Decoding the Amazon: A field DNA barcoding protocol using portable sequencers. For submission to Conservation Biology.

Lescano, J., Watsa, M., Quevedo, M., Guadalupe-Aliaga, G., Erkenswick, G. Natural Leptospira spp. exposure among select Amazonian mammals. For submission to Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

De Vries, M., Erkenswick, G., Watsa, M. How “edgy” are tamarins? A preliminary investigation of spatial variation in the behavior of two sympatric callitrichids.

Watsa, M., Moreira, L.A.A., Erkenswick, G. A. Melin, A. Visual cues of age and breeding status in callitrichids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Poirier, A., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G.A., Melin, A. On the trail of primate scent signals: first field analysis of tamarin scent-gland semiochemistry by portable gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

Abstracts and Professional Presentations (*presenter in bold)

Poirier, A.C., Waterhouse, J.S., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G.A., Melin, A.D., Dunn, J.C., and Smith, A.C., 2018. Sniffing out primate scent signals: the first field analysis of callitrichine scents by portable GCMS. Primate Society of Great Britain Spring Meeting, Portsmouth, UK.

Poirier, A.C., Waterhouse, J.S., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G.A., Melin, A.D., and Smith, A.C., 2017. Making Sense of Scents: Deciphering Primate Olfactory Communication. XIV Chemical Signals in Vertebrates Group Meeting, Cardiff, UK.

Robakis, E., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G. 2017. Group membership, individual identity, and sex encoded in Saguinus imperator long calls. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, April 19-22

Watsa, M., and Erkenswick, G. 2016 Tamarin hips don’t lie: modeling breeding status from reproductive morphology in the saddleback (Saguinus weddelli) and emperor (S. imperator) tamarin. International Primatological Society/American Society of Primatology Joint Meeting, August 21-27

Banda, K., Erkenswick, G., Watsa, M., and Stryker, G.A. 2016. An investigation of the effects of seasonality on the parasite richness of saddleback tamarins (Saguinus weddelli). International Primatological Society/American Society of Primatology Joint Meeting, August 21-27

Erkenswick, G., Watsa, M., Estrada, G. R., Robakis, E., de Vries, M., and Anderson, J. A. 2016. An analysis of spatial associations by home range overlap and land-use densities between free-ranging groups of saddleback (Saguinus weddelli) and emperor (S. imperator) tamarins in Peru. International Primatological Society/American Society of Primatology Joint Meeting, August 21-27

Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G. and López Clinton, S. 2016. Reproductive status affects scent-marking behavior in a free-ranging group of saddleback tamarins (Saguinus weddelli) with multiple breeding females in Peru. International Primatological Society/American Society of Primatology Joint Meeting, August 21-27

Honap, T.P., Pfister, L-A, Erkenswick, G., Watsa, M., and Stone, A. 2015. Analysis of a nonhuman primate Mycobacterium leprae strain: implications for zoonotic transmission of mycobacterial pathogens. Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Meetings, July 12-16

Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G. A., Rasmussen, D. T. 2015. Age belies reproductive status in a wild population of Saguinus fuscicollis and S. imperator in southeastern. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Meetings, March 25-28.

Erkenswick, G., Watsa, M., Dmytryk, N, Gozalo, A.S., Parker, P.G. 2015. A test of blood-borne parasite-host specificity between two very similar species of Neotropical primate, Saguinus fuscicollis and S. imperator. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Meetings, March 25-28.

Honap, T. P., Housman, G., Erkenswick, G., Malukiewicz, J. Boere, V., Pereira, L. C. M., Grativol, A. D., Ruiz-Miranda, C. R., E Silva, I. D. O, Watsa, M., and Stone, A. C. 2015. Investigating the presence of mycobacterial pathogens in New World primates. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Meetings, March 25-28.

Robakis, E., Watsa, M., and Erkenswick, G. 2015. Preliminary Analysis: The Vocal Repertoire of the Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator). 2015. American Association of Physical Anthropologists Meetings, March 25-28.

Erkenswick, G.A., Watsa, M., Rheg, J. A., Pitman, R. L. 2012. Distribution and new sightings of Goeldi’s monkey (Callimico goeldii) in Amazonian Peru. International Primatological Society Meetings, August 13-17

Rehg, J.A., Watsa, M., and Erkenswick, G. A. 2011. Demografía, ecología, y comportamiento de los calitriquideos al Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Rio Los Amigos en Madre de Dios, Peru. Primatologia en el Perú: Historia, Estado Actual y Perspectivas, October 19-22