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Principal investigator

Craig PackerCraig Packer,

Craig Packer was born in Texas and received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1972. While still at Stanford, Packer went to Tanzania to study baboons with Jane Goodall at the Gombe Stream Research Centre. He then went to the University of Sussex to complete his Ph.D. research on the Gombe baboons. After a study of Japanese macaques in Hakusan National Park, Packer returned to Tanzania in 1978 to head the Serengeti lion project. He subsequently held a post-doctoral position at the University of Chicago and joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1983, returning to the Serengeti for several months each year. Packer received a J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990, became a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1997, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He is the author of “Into Africa,” which won the 1995 John Burroughs medal, and more than 100 scientific articles, most of which are about lions. His research has been supported primarily by grants from the National Science Foundation. more>>

Team member

Natalia BorregoNatalia Borrego,

Dr. Natalia Borrego earned her B.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida, her M.Sc. in environmental science from Florida Gulf Coast University, and her Ph.D. in biology (focus on animal behavior and cognition) from University of Miami. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa and a research associate at the Lion Research Center. She is interested in the evolution of sociality and cognition and bridging the gap between applied and theoretical behavior. She is setting up the KillerCam project to identify factors fostering decision-making and coordination during cooperative hunts in South African carnivores.

In addition to KillerCam, Natalia is continuing her projects using African carnivores as a comparative framework to experimentally investigate the evolutionary origins of cognitive complexity. To learn more about her research, visit her website.