Tamarra H. Martz, MS student

Tamarra Martz, MS StudentMS student
Conservation Biology

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My main interest lies in the health of African non-human primate populations. With more and more of the earth’s habitats becoming anthropogenically altered, it is important to monitor the health of these primate populations as well as examine the epidemiological factors involved.

My graduate research focuses on the chimpanzee populations of Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda. I am analyzing fecal samples for gastrointestinal parasites and then looking at infection in relation to anthropogenic disturbance. This data will serve as a baseline for further research as well as begin to paint a picture of humans affects on the chimpanzees of Nyungwe National Park. Ultimately, this research can lead to improved primate conservation and management.


Antioch University New England
Masters of Science in Conservation Biology
Fall 2006;Present

George Washington University
Washington, DC
Completed one semester of graduate studies
Biological Anthropology

Boston University
Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology
Minor in Anthropology
Cum Laude, 1998

Boston University Study Abroad Program
Archaeological Field School in Belize
Spring 1997


Nyungwe Chimpanzee Project Manager, May 2008;September 2008
Antioch University New England

  • Managed Thesis Project in Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda.

Research Assistant, September 2007;May 2008
Beth Kaplin, Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Antioch University New England

  • Created Fact Sheets for chimpanzee research, phenology research, and Mauritius thorn for NP in Rwanda.
  • Created informational handout about CBEP (Conservation Biology Education Project) in Rwanda.
  • Worked with Beth on NSF proposal (matrix and edge effects study).

Bird Field Technician, May 2007;August 2007
Biodiversity Research Institute

  • Bird Identification by sound and sight.
  • Nest searching and monitoring.
  • Data (measurements and blood) collection.
  • Mist-netting and data entry.

Information Coordinator, September 2006;September 2007
Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation
Antioch University New England

  • Monitored and updated the information on the website and the university’s online system.
  • Assisted with the organization of the annual symposium
  • Carried out fundraising for CTEC
  • Participated in CTEC’s meetings for strategic planning for the next 10 years

Fongoli Chimpanzee Project Manager, September 2004;January 2005
Iowa State University
Senegal, West Africa

  • Carried out behavioral field research and habituation of chimpanzees.
  • Managed the project (e.g., supervised staff, balanced budget, data entry) in absence of primary researcher.

Peace Corps Volunteer, March;September 2004
United States Peace Corps
Senegal, West Africa

  • Trained in French and Urban Agriculture as well as integration into African society.
  • Taught sustainable practices for conserving water while creating an urban garden.

Animal Care Volunteer, October 2002;March 2004
Zoo at Forest Park

  • Provide animal care and conduct “Zoo On The Go” where animals are brought to various schools to educate children and teachers about animals and conservation.

Project Manager, July 2000;July 2001
UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology-Digital Lab

  • Manage projects for digital publication using Filemaker Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Quicktime, and other programs.

Team Leader, Spring 1999
Boston University Archaeological Field School in Belize

  • Staff member of Xibun Archaeological Research Project, Belize.
  • Team leader of the Survey Group which mapped different sections of the Sibun River Valley and its archaeological sites.


1997 Analysis of Dentition from Mortuary Remains at Operation 20, K’axob. In Where the Water Meets the Land: Excavations in Maya Residences and Wetland Fields, K’axob, Belize, edited by Patricia A. McAnany, pp. 126134. Report submitted to the Department of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.

2004 Patricia McAnany, Sandra Lopez Varela, Kimberly Berry, Mary Lee Bartlett, and Tamarra Martz, Pottery Vessels of K’axob. In K’axob: Ritual, Work, and Family in an Ancient Maya Village, edited by Patricia A. McAnany. UCLA Institute of Archaeology Press, Los Angelels.

“Infant Related Zoo Behavior of Western Lowland Gorillas in Comparison to Their Behavior in a Natural Setting.” Student Symposium on Primate Biology, George Washington University; December 7, 1998.