On 20th September Sarah Benson-Amram arrived in Nairobi to join the SEVP team for one year.
Sarah is originally from Berkeley, California studied Animal Behavior at Cornell University where she earned her Bachelor`s degree in 2001. Following graduation, Sarah worked for one year as a research assistant on two different projects. She spent 6 months in Madagascar studying the vocal communication and behavior of the Silky Sifaka, a species of lemur, and 5 months in Utah, working with Dr. John Hoogland on his prairie dog research. She then returned to Ithaca, New York to work at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology as an audio archivist in the Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds. This position added to her knowledge of sound recording, sound analysis, and animal communication.
It was here that she met Joyce Poole and Petter Granli and, due to her passion for elephants, was able to set up a meeting to discuss elephant research. Sarah is now analysing SEVP recordings in the lab/office outside Nairobi, and will later be conducting playbacks in Amboseli as part of her job with SEVP.