Women Ethologists

Women ethologists

  • Cynthia Moss
    Cynthia Jane Moss is an elephant ethologist and American conservationist, wildlife researcher, and writer. Her studies have concentrated on the demography, behavior, social organization, and population dynamics of the African elephants of Amboseli.
  • Dian Fossey Dian Fossey
    Dian Fossey was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey.
  • Jane Goodall Jane Goodall
    Dame Jane Morris Goodall, formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace.
  • Joyce Poole
    Joyce Poole is an elephant researcher based at the Gorongosa National Park in Kenya. Her body of research has led to discoveries about their social and sexual lives and their communicative and cognitive abilities.
  • Margaret Altmann
    Margaret Altmann was a German-American biologist focusing on animal husbandry and psychobiology. She was one of the first women to work in the psychobiology, ethology and animal husbandry fields, with a focus on livestock.
  • Margaret Howe Lovatt
    Margaret Howe Lovatt is a volunteer naturalist from Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1960s, she took part in a NASA-funded research project in which she attempted to teach a dolphin named Peter to understand and mimic human speech.
  • Margret Schleidt
    Margret Else Schleidt was a German human ethologist. She worked at the Max-Planck-Institut für Verhaltensphysiologie, which has now become the Max-Planck Institute for Ornithology.
  • Temple Grandin Temple Grandin
    Mary Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism.

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