Ammie Kalan is a primatologist who has been researching great apes in the wild for the last ten years. She has conducted field work in the swamp forests of northern Congo, the last primary rainforest of Ivory Coast, and the savanna woodlands of Tanzania, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. Kalan is an expert in chimpanzee vocal communication and has also published on innovative methods for the conservation and research of wild primates, such as passive acoustic monitoring. Her current research as a Postdoctoral Scientist for the Pan African Programme at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany, investigates behavioral variation of chimpanzee populations across Africa to pinpoint potential cultural traits. She also leads the Chimpanzee Accumulative Stone Throwing project at the MPI-EVA.