Kelly Boyer Ontl

Kelly Boyer Ontl


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  • Visiting Assistant Professor
  • PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Iowa State University, 2017
  • MA, Anthropology, Iowa State University, 2011
  • BA, Biological Foundations of Behavior, Franklin and Marshall College, 2002


Kelly Boyer Ontl is a primatologist and wildlife conservationist studying West African chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in anthropogenic landscapes of southeastern Senegal. Her primary research interests are in wildlife behavior, human impacts on wildlife, and the advancement of wildlife conservation. She is the founder of the Falémé Chimpanzee Conservation (FCC) project and also works closely with the Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project.

Areas of Interest

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Primate behavior and ecology
  • West African chimpanzees
  • Artisanal gold mining, culture and the environment
  • Socioecological dimensions of wildlife conservation