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Sharon Gursky, PhD

Department of Anthropology
Traditional Fulbright Scholarship, 2003, 2010

Dr. Sharon Gursky has been studying wild tarsiers in Indonesia since 1990 and in the Philippines since 2010. Her dissertation research focused on the parental care patterns of spectral tarsiers, exploring questions concerning the infant parking strategy of the spectral tarsiers. She has also studied the ecological and social factors leading to gregarious behavior, predation and the function of mobbing behavior as well as the influence of moonlight on behavior. Her current work focuses on the function of ultrasonic vocalizations, vocalizations outside the range of human hearing. Dr. Gursky’s research has dramatically shaped current understanding of the biology and behavior of spectral tarsiers such that her colleagues renamed a primate species in her honor as Gursky’s Tarsier, Tarsius spectrumgurskyae.  Dr. Gursky is well known for having rediscovered a population of pygmy tarsiers that were thought to be extinct for nearly 70 years.  Dr. Gursky received her B.A from Hartwick College in Oneonta New York in 1989, her M.S. from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1991 and her Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in Stony Brook, New York in 1997. Following an academic position at Queens College (1997-2000), she joined the faculty at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, in 2000. She currently holds the title of Professor of Anthropology at TAMU.