Faculty Profile

Kimberly Mukobi
I’m an adjunct instructor in the University Studies Department at Portland State University. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology, focusing on animal cognition, communication, and ethology. My work with chimpanzees has included a variety of captive and wild settings, and encompassed everything from sign language and nonverbal communication to mathematical and other cognitive tasks with chimps who worked on touch screen computers. In the late '90s I volunteered for the Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda National Parks with one of the very first island sanctuaries to help young chimpanzee survivors of the international poaching trade. I've been writing grant proposals for non-profit organizations for over 20 years, starting with my very first proposal that successfully funded my graduate research. Over the years, I’ve partnered with animal shelters and various wildlife organizations to help procure funding that helps continue their important conservation work. Apart from my career, I enjoy spending time with my family, which includes my husband, Asaba, and two boys, Gabriel, age 17, Jake, age 15, as well as several furry family members. Some of my previous publications include: 1) Boysen, S.T., Bernston, G.G., Mukobi, K.L. (2001). Size Matters: Impact of item size and quantity on array choice by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), Journal of Comparative Psychology, 115, 106. 2) Brown, D.A., Mukobi, K.L., & Boysen, S.T. (1999). Categorization of natural stimuli by captive chimpanzees using a same-different task (Abstract). American Journal of Primatology, 49, 39. 3) Kuhlmeier, V.A.; Boysen, S.T; & Mukobi, K.L. (1999). Scale model comprehension by chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Comparative Psychology, 113 (4), 396-402. 4) Hallberg, K.I., Boysen, S.T., and Mukobi, K.L. (1999). Chimpanzee Food Barks As Referential Signals: Evidence from a Laboratory Playback Experiment (Abstract). American Journal of Primatology, 49, 78. 5) Boysen, Sarah T., Kimberly L. Mukobi, and Gary G. Berntson. (1999). Overcoming Response Bias Using Symbolic Representations of Number by Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Animal Learning and Behavior 27 (2): 229–35.
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CH 169