Dr. Sofi Blue
Lecturer, Department of Biology, Primate Behavior and Ecology Program, Central Washington University
I received my M.Sc. here at Central Washington University in the Primate Behavior and Ecology program, and then moved to Japan for 3 years for my PhD at Kyoto University’s Primate Research institute. I now lecture at Central in the Biology and Anthropology departments. I consider myself an international scientist and researcher, and I have conducted research and attended conferences across Asia, Europe, and South America. My research interests include the study of signal systems in non-human animals, particularly vocal communication in non-human primates. My work integrates bioacoustics and cognitive ethology, and I mostly focus on the macaque genus. I participate in an ongoing collaboration with Anhui University and Central Washington University at the Valley of the Wild Monkeys, China where longitudinal data is being collected on a free-ranging troop of Tibetan macaques. In my spare time, I have hosted podcasts on primatology with a focus on conservation issues and interviews with renowned scientists in this field. It is my passion to continue the tradition of communication studies with non-human primates here at Central Washington University, and incorporate a new component, acoustics.