I am currently recruiting graudate students for the Masters in Integrative Biology Program, 2019-2020 academic year.  If you are interested in the MSIB program, please contact me.

Students Emeritus

Natalie G. Schwob, MS

While a master's student at Kennesaw State, Dr Taglialatela and I explored language prerequisites, such as orofacial-motor and breath control, in chimpanzees and bonobos. Data was NGSchwobcollected at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Milwaukee County Zoo. After successfully defending my thesis, I went on to a PhD graduate program in Cognitive Psychology and Language Science at The Pennsylvania State University under Dr Dan Weiss. Here, Dr Weiss and I are studying the relationship between language and motor planning in infants, adults and nonhuman apes. My research interests include the evolutionary origins of language, cognitive and motor language mechanisms, and the development of motor and language planning capabilities.


Sara A. Skiba, MS



Robert E. Evans, MS



Sarah M.  Pope, PhD

As an undergraduate at Kennesaw State University, I worked in Dr. Taglialatela's laboratory studying chimpanzee social and communitive behavior.  Currently, my research explores how familiar solution strategies block better ones from being adopted. I received my PhD in Psychology from Aix-Marseille University and my PhD in Neuroscience from Georgia State University. Recently, I assessed baboons' and chimpanzees' responses to a touchscreen task, which measured their abilities to replace a familiar solution strategy with a more creative one. I have also used this task to explore variation in problem-solving approaches between WesternersSMPope and the semi-nomadic Himba of northern Namibia. This research has led me to question how formal education and environmental predictability might influence cognitive flexibility in humans.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin in Dr. Cristine Legare's EVOLearn (Evolution, Variation, and Ontogeny of Learning) lab. I recently finished a field season working with the BaYaka foragers and Bondongo farmers in the Republic of the Congo exploring cross-cultural differences in teaching and learning strategies.