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Hailey Trefethen '08

B.A. anthropology
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Hailey Trefethen '08 wouldn't have guessed that her anthropology major would lead to a  research stint in Costa Rica.

Hailey Trefethen, an anthropology major, was pleased to discover in Costa Rica how much she enjoyed conducting field research. 

"I'd actually been a little hesitant to go," she says. "But once I was there, doing my own research, being independent, following through the whole way on the project—it was so fun. I guess I'd never thought I could actually do all that before."

Trefethen studied near the town of Cariavai in Costa Rica on a summer research program with Associate Anthropology Professor Michelle Bezanson, whose expertise is in primate locomotion. The group stayed in bunkhouses at a site banked by two forests, one old growth and one secondary growth.

All of the students conducted some kind of research: Trefethen studied the play behavior of capuchin monkeys, one of three primate species common in the area.

"I'd get up at 5 a.m. and get out into the jungle at daybreak. It was so fun to get to know a forest so well," Trefethen says. "At first I was worried I'd get lost. By the end, I was running through the place."


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