Luis Peixoto

“My main collaboration with this research group was on the personality study of white-handed or lar gibbons (Hylobates lar) as well as on a review article that aimed to compile the available information about this species.
This species of Asian small apes is characterized by having long arms adapted for locomotion in trees, by having no tail, and by their unique and loud vocalizations that echo through the tropical forest. They usually live in family groups, composed by both parents and their offspring. Gibbons are an interesting species to study as they are viewed as an “evolutionary bridge” between great apes (in which humans are included) and monkeys and they can provide information regarding primate evolution.

Research interests: “My research interests are tightly linked with Ethology and Animal Behaviour. I have a special interest in the evolution of behaviors and their ecological function. Animal personality research is my new addition to this list of interests.”

Academic Degrees, Research Units and experiences of interest (in reverse chronological order):
2015 - Currently a student in a Master’s program in Applied Ethology and Animal Biology (Linköping’s University - Sweden)
2014 - Bachelor’s degree in Biology, with a focus on Ecology and Conservation (Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon - Portugal).
2013/2014 - Universidade de Lisboa/Fundação Amadeu Dias scholarship: “Use of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria for sustainable agriculture”