Dr. Marietta Dindo Danforth graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Anthropology and received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology from the University of St. Andrews. Marietta’s previous research primarily focused on social learning and behavior transmission in non-human primates. She worked at the Yerkes National Primate Center and Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park before joining the Great Ape Heart Project (GAHP) at Zoo Atlanta.
Marietta began working for the GAHP in 2010 as part of Zoo Atlanta’s Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She planned the project’s 2010, 2011, and 2013 meetings, produced and maintains web and social media presence including the GAHP website, Facebook page and Twitter account, and serves as a key facilitator between stakeholder institutions and the rest of the executive steering committee members. As the Project and Database Manager for the GAHP, Marietta works with professional and support staff at various zoos, National Primate Centers and hospitals to implement clinical reporting procedures and treatments associated with cardiac disease in captive great apes. As a co-recipient of the GAHP’s 2012 National Leadership Grant from IMLS, she maintains the current GAHP’s Cardiac Database and oversees the development of an international, web-based medical system for GAHP records and cardiac reporting.