Peter Pierre

Behavioral Management Unit Head
Assistant Scientist


Animal Services (Behavioral Management), Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

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Aligned research focus:

Early experience, Development, Individual Differences, Behavior, Neuroimaging.

Research description:

My broad research focus is on the effects of early experience on biobehavioral processes. I use a lifespan approach to investigate the effects of early environmental factors on developmental trajectories in aspects of brain, behavior, and physiology in macaques. My background as an experimental scientist will allow the unit to develop evidence-based studies to assess the effectiveness and animal welfare benefit of the training and environmental enhancement that we provide to the WNPRC monkeys. An evidenced-based approach allows the unit to develop and continue to refine enrichment techniques that can be effectively implemented in our housing environments. Our goal is to adopt enrichment strategies that maximize welfare benefit and to weed out strategies that prove to be less effective in supporting species-typical behavior. Adopting a developmental perspective provides the opportunity for the Behavioral Management Unit to incorporate specific maturational considerations in our welfare enhancement approaches.

Selected references:

Lyn, H., Bennett, A. J., Pierre, P. J., Fears, S., Woods, R., and Hopkins, W.D. (2011). Planum temporale grey matter asymmetries in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops saebaeus), rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) and Bonnet monkeys (Macaca radiata). Neuropsychologia. 49, 2004-2012.

Pierre, P. J., Sequeira, M. K., Corcoran, C.A., Blevins, M. W., Gee, M., Laudenslager, M. L. & Bennett, A. J. (2011). Hematological and serum biochemical indices in healthy bonnet macaques (Macaca radiata). Journal of Medical Primatology.1-7.

Bennett, A.J., Corcoran, C.A., Hardy, V., Miller, L. R., Pierre, P. J. (2010) Multi-Dimensional Cost:Benefit Analysis to Guide Evidence-Based Environmental Enrichment:Providing Bedding and Foraging Substrate to Pen-Housed Monkeys. Journal of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. 49(5), 1-7.

Laudenslager, M.L., Natvig, C., Mikulich-Gilbertson S., Blevins M, Corcoran C.A., Pierre P.J., & Bennett, A.J. (2010). Challenges to bonnet monkey (Macaca radiata) social groups: Effects on the mother-infant dyad and infant social interactions. Developmental Psychobiology. 52(5), 465-474.