Molly Fitzpatrick

B.S. Biology, 2010, Indiana University

Academic Biography:

Q. Where is your study area located? Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar

Q. What is your focus of research? Studying the feeding ecology and parasitology of Hapalemur griseus

Q. Why did you choose NIU? My advisor at Indiana University had informed me that NIU had a fantastic Masters program in Anthropology and that I should check it out.

Q. Who is your advisor? Why did you choose to work with this professor? Dr. Mitchell Irwin. I chose him because I found his research in Madagascar to be interesting and I wanted to expand my primate behavior knowledge to lemurs, specifically bamboo lemurs.

Q. What advice would you like to share with incoming students? Apply for Internships!! I was able to land my first archaeology job through an internship. Most CRM companies are not willing to hire field technicians without experience and they are the best way to get your foot in the door.

Research Projects:

  • During my undergrad, I studied the spatial cognition of rats at the Behavior Systems and Learning Lab in Bloomington, IN
  • After my undergrad I spent 2 years studying great ape behavior at the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes in Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago