SHARON GURSKY | PROFESSOR
Biological Anthropology Program Coordinator
PhD SUNY Stony Brook 1997
Specialty: Primate Behavioral Ecology and Conservation
Current Research Projects: I am presently studying ultrasonic vocalizations in Philippine tarsiers, Tarsius syrichta. From June through October 2010 I collected vocalizations at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol. I made recordings on a Wildlife Acoustics Ultrasonic Song Meter 2 from 29 wild adult resident Tarsius syrichta (23 females and 6 males). I found that the ultrasonic vocalizations fell into three main categories: chirps, twitters, and whistles. Chirps were the most frequent ultrasonic vocalization, followed by twitters and then whistles. While chirps and twitters were emitted by both male and female Philippine tarsiers, whistles were only emitted by adult males. Given that the vocalizations reported in this study were exclusively recorded during capture and handling, it is likely that these particular ultrasonic vocalizations function as a form of alarm call. However, as the long whistle was only given by adult males who were captured at the same time as the female or the group's infant the function of the long whistle might be different than the function of the other relatively lower frequency ultrasonic vocalizations. My future research will focus on elucidating the function of the ultrasonic vocalization for this species.
ANTH 201 - Introduction to Anthropology
ANTH 205 - Peoples and Cultures of the World
ANTH 225 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 405 - Introduction to Primates
ANTH 489 - Primate Conservation
ANTH 601 - Biological Anthropology
ANTH 631 - Primate Behavioral Ecology: The Great Apes
Current Graduate Students: Katie Bailey, Lori Fields, Ali Krzton, Shannon Hodges
Gursky-Doyen, S., Salibay C, Cuevas, C. (2011). Conservation Status of the Philippine Tarsier. Folia Primatologica. 82(3):189-196.
Gursky-Doyen S. (2011). Infanticide By a Male Spectral tarsier. (Tarsius spectrum). Primates 52:385-389.
Gursky-Doyen, S. and Supriatna J. (2010). Indonesian Primates. NY. Springer Publishing
Gursky-Doyen, S. (2010). Intraspecific Variation in the Mating System of Spectral Tarsiers. International Journal of Primatology 31:1161-1173.
Gursky-Doyen, S. (2010). Dispersal Patterns in Tarsius spectrum. International Journal of Primatology.31:117-131.