Julia Ruppell, PhD

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Douglas C. Strain Science Center 122D (Forest Grove)

Course Information

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. 

BIO 224 | Human Anatomy

BIO 240 | Human Physiology

BIO 360 | Primatology

BIO 360 | Primate Behavior

BIO 420 | Vertebrate Zoology

BIO 444 | Evolution


PhD in Biology, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., in 2013

MA in Biological Anthropology, Portland State University, Portland, Ore., in 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology, University of Rhode Island, in 2004

Research interests

My research has four components, bioacoustics, conservation, ecology and behavior, and behavioral studies of and enrichment for animals in captivity.

Professional Affiliations

IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group: Laos

Wildlife Conservation Society

Wildlife Society Oregon Chapter

Oregon Zoo Research Associate

Gibbon Research Laboratory

American Society of Primatology

International Primatological Society

International Primate Protection League (IPPL)

Honors and Awards

Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship (Sylff), 2012-2013

Fulbright Scholar 2011-2012, Laos

Kawase Scholarship for International Education, 2011-2012

Graduate Laurels Scholarship, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

Marie Brown Travel Award, Portland State University, 2011

Best Student Presentation, Wildlife Society Conference, 2011

Thomas M. Newman Scholarship, Portland State University Anthropology Department, 2006

B.A. Cum Laude, University of Rhode Island, 2004

Published Works

Rawson, B. and Ruppell. J. 2012. Northern White-cheeked crested gibbons. Nomascus leucogenys. In: All the World’s Primates. Eds. Noel Rowe and Marc Myers.

Rawson, B. and Ruppell. J. 2012. Southern White-cheeked crested gibbons. Nomascus siki. In: All the World’s Primates. Eds. Noel Rowe and Marc Myers.

McPherson Smith, C. and Ruppell, J. 2011 What Anthropologists should know about the New Evolutionary Synthesis. Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences

Ruppell, J. 2009. Vocal diversity and taxonomy of Nomascus in central Vietnam and southern Laos. International Journal of Primatology 31:1, 73-94.

Ruppell, J. 2008. The gibbons of Pu Mat National Park, Vietnam. Gibbon Journal 4.

Ruppell, J.2007. The gibbons of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam. Gibbon Journal 3.

Ruppell. J. 2007. Environmental Enrichment for captive animals: A playback experiment involving captive gibbons at the Oregon Zoo. The Gibbon’s Voice newsletter of the Gibbon Conservation Center.

Recent Presentations

Bioacoustics as a tool for population structure, Acoustical Society of America, May, 2014

Ecology of Crested Gibbons, Wildlife Society, Hot Topics Session, February 2013
Animal Behavior course at Portland State University, February 2013
Portland Community College, November 2012
Fulbright scholars Southeast Asia Conference, Hanoi, March 2012
United States Embassy, Vientiane, March 2012
National University of Laos, January 2012
Wildlife Conservation Society, Laos, November 2011
Wildlife Society, February 2011
Conservation and Research in Laos, Oregon Zoo, January 2010
National University of Laos, April 2009
Crested gibbon taxonomy, ecology, and behavior, 
Research Symposium at Portland State University, November 2009
Poster at Portland State University Biology Alumni Event, October 2008

Oregon Zoo, May 2008
Flora and Fauna International, Hanoi, 2007
Environmental Enrichment for Gibbons
Vocal diversity and taxonomy of Nomascus
Poster Evolutionary Biologists of the Pacific Northwest conference, March 2008
Poster at Portland State University Biology Alumni Event, October 2007
Oregon Zoo, A.P.E. lecture series, May 2007


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