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Bre MyersCohort 2022

Research

In my research, I would like to examine the consumption of soil and self-medicative plants by chimpanzees in Tanzania. I would look at this behavior as a nonimmunological defense strategy; where the idea that rapidly mounting and maintaining an immune system response is costly for an individual. This may be especially true for individuals facing immunological constraints through various life history stages. I became deeply invested in this topic after reading Craving Earth and Infectious Diseases in Primates.