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  • James Higham

    Associate Professor of Anthropology

     

    Contact Information​

    e-mail: jhigham@nyu.edu

    web: nyuprimatology.com

    twitter: @nyuprimatology

    Publications

    As Editor

     

    Higham, J.P. & Roney, J. (Eds). 2017. Field endocrinology of nonhuman and human primates.

    Hormones and Behavior 91.

     

    Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A. (Eds). 2013. Multimodal communication.

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 (9)

     

    Higham, J.P. & Semple, S. (Eds). 2013. Primate signals.

    American Journal of Primatology 75 (7)

     

    Higham, J.P. (Ed). 2009. Primate coloration: measurement, mechanisms and function.

    International Journal of Primatology 30 (6)

     

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

     

    Turcotte, C.M., Mann, E.H.J.*, Stock, M.K., Villamil, C.I., Montague, M.J., Dickinson, E., Bauman Surratt, S., Martinez, M., Williams, S.A., Antón, S.C. & Higham, J.P. The ontogeny of sexual dimorphism in free-ranging rhesus macaques. American Journal of Biological Anthropology In Press

     

    Kimock, C.M.*, Dubuc, C., Brent, LJ.N. & Higham, J.P. Body size and canine size do not confer a competitive advantage in male rhesus macaques. Animal Behaviour In Press

     

    Lee, D.S., Kang, Y., Ruiz-Lambides, A. & Higham, J.P. 2021 The observed pattern and hidden process of female reproductive trajectories across the lifespan in a nonhuman primate.

    Journal of Animal Ecology In Press

     

    Petersen, R.M., Heistermann, M. & Higham, J.P. 2021. Social and sexual behaviors predict immune system activation, but not adrenocortical activation, in male rhesus macaques.

    Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology In Press

     

    Pavez-Fox, M., Montague. M.J., Negron-Del Valle, J.E., Platt, M.L., Synder-Mackler M., Higham, J.P. & Brent, L.J.N. 2021. Sociality predicts individual variation in the immunity of free-ranging rhesus macaques. Physiology and Behavior 241: 113560

     

    Higham, J.P. 2021. Studying the colors of monkeys: a comment on Caro et al. 2021.

    Behavioral Ecology 32: 570-571

     

    Testard, C., Larson, S.M., Watowich, M., Kaplinsky, C.H., Bernau, A., Faulder, M., Marshall, H.H., Lehmann, J., Ruiz-Lambides, A., Higham, J.P., Montague, M., Snyder-Mackler, N., Platt, M.L., Brent, L.J.N. 2021. Rhesus macaques build new social connections after a natural disaster.

    Current Biology 31: 2299-2309

     

    Melin, A.D., Orkin, J.D., Janiak, M.C., Valenzuela, A., Kuderna, L., Marrone III, F., Ramangason, H., Horvath, J.E., Roos, C., Kitchener, A.C., Khor, C.C., Lim, W.K., Lee, J.G.H., Tan, P., Umapathy, G., Raveendram, M., Harris, R.A., Gut, I., Gut, M., Lizano, E., Nadler, T., Zinner, D., Le, M.D., Manu, S., Rabarivola, C.J., Zaraomody, A., Andriaholinirina, N., Johnson, S.E., Jarvis, E.D., Fredigo, O., Wu, D., Zhang, G. Farh, K.K-H., Rogers, J., Marques-Bonet, T., Navarro, A., Juan, D., Arora, P.S. & Higham, J.P. 2021. Variation in predicted COVID-19 risk among lemurs and lorises.

    American Journal of Primatology 83, e23255

     

    Janiak, M.C., Montague, M.J., Villamil, C.I., Stock, M.J., Trujillo, A.E., DePasquale, A., Orkin, J., Bauman Surratt, S., Gonzalez, O., Platt, M.L., Martinez, M., Antón S., Dominguez-Bello, M.G., Melin, A.D., Higham, J.P. 2021. Age and sex-associated variation in the multi-site microbiome of an entire social group of free-ranging rhesus macaques.

    Microbiome 9: 68

     

    Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Agil, M., Perwitasari-Farajallah, D., Widdig, A. & Engelhardt, A. 2021. Female fertile phase synchrony, and male mating and reproductive skew, in the crested macaque.

    Scientific Reports 11: 4251

     

    Colby, A.E., Kimock, C.M. & Higham, J.P. 2021. Endocranial volume is variable and heritable, but not related to fitness, in a free-ranging primate.

    Scientific Reports 11: 4235

     

    Higham, J.P., Kimock, C.M., Mandalaywala, T.M., Heistermann M., Cascio, J., Petersdorf, M., Winters, S., Allen, W.L., & Dubuc, C. 2021. Female ornaments: is red skin color attractive to males and related to condition in rhesus macaques?

    Behavioral Ecology 32: 236-247

     

    Ghazanfar, A.A., Kelly, L.M., Takahashi, D.Y., Winters, S., Terrett, R. & Higham, J.P. 2020. Domestication phenotype linked to vocal communication in a nonhuman primate.

    Current Biology 30: 5026-5032

     

    Melin, A.D., Janiak, M.C., Marrone, F., Arora, P.S. & Higham, J.P. 2020. Comparative ACE2 variation and primate COVID-19 risk.

    Communications Biology 3: 641

     

    DeCasien, A.R. & Higham, J.P. 2020. Relative cerebellum size is not sexually dimorphic across primates.

    Brain, Behavior and Evolution 95: 93-101

     

    Chiou, K.L.,‌ ‌Montague‌, M.J.,‌ ‌‌Goldman‌, E.A.,‌ ‌Watowich‌, M.M,‌‌ ‌Sams‌,‌ S.N., ‌‌Song, J., Horvath‌, J.E.,‌ ‌Sterner‌, K.N.,‌ ‌‌Ruiz-Lambides‌,‌ A.V.,‌ ‌Martínez‌, M.I.,‌ ‌Higham‌, J.P.,‌ ‌‌Brent‌, L.J.N,‌ ‌‌Platt‌, M.L. & ‌‌Snyder-Mackler, N.‌ 2020. Rhesus‌ ‌macaques‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌tractable‌ ‌physiological‌ ‌model‌ ‌of‌ ‌human‌ ‌ageing‌ .

    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375: 20190612

     

    Lee, D.S., Mandalaywala, T., Dubuc, C., Widdig, A., Higham, J.P. 2020. Higher early life mortality with lower infant body mass in a free‐ranging primate.

    Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 2300-2310

     

    Petersen, R.M. & Higham, J.P. 2020. The role of sexual selection in the evolution of facial displays in male nonhuman primates and men.

    Adaptive Human Behavior & Physiology 6: 249–276

     

    DeCasien, A.R., Sherwood C.C., Schapiro, S.J. & Higham, J.P. 2020. Greater variability in chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) brain structure among males.

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287: 20192858


    Higham, J.P., Stahl-Hennig, C., & Heistermann, M. 2020. Urinary suPAR: a non-invasive biomarker of infection and tissue inflammation for use in studies of large free-ranging mammals.

    Royal Society Open Science 7: 191825

     

    Thompson, N.A., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Vogel, E.R., & Cords, M. 2020. Energy balance but not competitive environment corresponds with allostatic load during development in an Old World monkey.

    Hormones and Behavior 119: 104664

     

    Winters, S., Allen, W.L., Higham, J.P. 2020.The structure of species discrimination signals across a primate radiation.

    eLife 9: e47428

     

    Young, M.I.M., Winters, S., Young, C., Weiß, B.M., Troscianko, J., Ganswindt, A., Barrett, L., Henzi, S.P., Higham, J.P., Widdig, A. 2020. Male characteristics as predictors of genital color and display variation in vervet monkeys.

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 74:14.

     

    Kimock, C., Dubuc, C., Brent, L.J.N., Higham, J.P. 2019. Male morphological traits are heritable but do not predict reproductive success in a sexually-dimorphic primate.

    Scientific Reports 9: 19794

     

    Fischer, J.*, Higham, J.P.*, Alberts, S.C., Barrett, L., Beehner, J.C., Bergman, T.J., Carter, A.J., Collins A., Elton, S., Fagot, J., Ferreira da Silva, M.J., Hammerschmidt, K., Henzi, P., Jolly, C., Knauf, S., Kopp, G.H., Rogers, J., Roos, C., Ross, C., Seyfarth, R.M., Silk, J., Snyder-Mackler, N., Städele, V., Swedell, L., Wilson, M.L, Zinner, D. 2019. Insights into the evolution of social systems and species from baboon studies. *These authors contributed equally to this work

    eLife 8: e50989


    Higham, J.P. 2019. A comparative perspective on measures of cycle phase, and how they relate to cues, signals, and mating behavior: a commentary on Gangestad et al.

    Evolution and Human Behavior 40: 533-536

     

    Moreira, L.A.A., Duytschaever, G., Higham, J.P. Melin, A.D. 2019. Platyrrhine color signals: New horizons to pursue.

    Evolutionary Anthropology 28: 236-248

     

    DeCasien, A.R., Higham, J.P. 2019. Primate mosaic brain evolution reflects selection on sensory and cognitive specialization.

    Nature Ecology and Evolution 3: 1483–1493.

     

    Petersdorf, M., Weyher, A.H., Kamilar, J.M., Dubuc, C., Higham, J.P. 2019. Sexual selection in the Kinda baboon.

    Journal of Human Evolution 135: 102635.

     

    Rigaill, L., Higham, J.P., Winters, S., Garcia, C. 2019. The redder the better? Information content of red skin coloration in female Japanese macaques.

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 73: 103.

     

    Lee, D.S., Ruiz-Lambides, A.V., Higham, J.P. 2019. Higher offspring mortality with short interbirth intervals in free-ranging rhesus macaques

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 116: 6057-6062

     

    Rosenfield, K.A., Semple, S., Georgiev, A.V., Maestripieri, D., Higham, J.P., Dubuc, C. 2019. Experimental evidence that female rhesus macaques Macaca mulattaperceive variation in male facial masculinity

    Royal Society Open Science 6: 181415.

     

    Ma, W.J. & Higham, J.P. 2018. The role of familiarity in signaler-receiver interactions.
    Journal of the Royal Society Interface 15: 20180568

     

    Higham J.P., Dominy N.J. 2018. The promise of primatology fulfilled?

    American Journal of Physical Anthropology 166: 783–790.

     

    Dominy, N.J., Winters, S., Pease, D.E., Higham, J.P. 2018. Dr Seuss and the real Lorax.

    Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 1196–1198.

     

    Mandalaywala, T.M., Petrullo, L., Parker, K., Maestripieri, D. & Higham, J.P. Vigilance for threat accounts for inter-individual variation in physiological responses to adversity in rhesus macaques: a cognition x environment approach.

    Developmental Psychobiology 59: 1031-1038.

     

    Petersdorf, M., Dubuc, C., Georgiev, A., Winters, S. & Higham, J.P. 2017. Is the red facial coloration of male rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) subject to intrasexual selection?

    Behavioral Ecology 28: 1472-148.

     

    Hiramatsu, C., Melin, A.D., Allen, W.L., Dubuc, C. & Higham, J.P. 2017. Experimental evidence that primate trichromacy is well suited for detecting primate social colour signals.

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20162458.

     

    Roney, J.R. & Higham, J.P. 2017. Synthesizing research on field endocrinology of nonhuman primates and humans.

    Hormones and Behavior 91: 1-2.

     

    DeCasien, A.R., Williams, S.A. & Higham, J.P. 2017. Primate brain size is predicted by diet but not sociality.

    Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:0112.

     

    Hammond, A.S., Johnson, V.P. & Higham, J.P. 2017. Hip joint mobility in free-ranging rhesus macaques.

    American Journal of Physical Anthropology 58: 83-91

     

    Rigaill, L., MacIntosh, A.J.J., Higham, J.P., Winters, S., Shimizu, K., Mouri, K., Suzumura, T., Furuichi, T., Garcia, C. 2017. Testing for links between face color and age, dominance status, parity, weight, and intestinal nematode infection in a sample of female Japanese macaques.

    Primates 58: 83-91.

     

    Petrullo, L., Mandalaywala, T.M., Parker, K., Maestripieri, D. & Higham, J.P. 2016. Effects of early-life adversity on cortisol/salivary alpha-amylase symmetry in free-ranging juvenile rhesus macaques.

    Hormones and Behavior 86: 78-84.

     

    Higham, J.P. 2016. Field endocrinology of nonhuman primates: past, present and future.

    Hormones and Behavior 84: 145-155

     

    Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Cascio, J., Lee, D.S., Maestripieri, D., Petersdorf, M., Winters, S. & Higham, J.P. 2016. Who cares? Experimental attention biases provide new insights into a mammalian sexual signal.

    Behavioral Ecology 27: 68-74

     

    Grueter, C.C., Zhu, P., Allen, W.L., Higham, J.P., Ren, B. & Li, M. 2015. Sexually-selected lip colour indicates male group-holding status in the mating season in a multi-level primate society.

    Royal Society Open Science 2: 150490

     

    Heistermann, M. & Higham, J.P. 2015 Urinary neopterin, a non-invasive marker of mammalian cellular immune activation, is highly stable under field conditions.

    Scientific Reports 5: 16308

     

    Fischer, J., Wheeler, B.C., & Higham, J.P. 2015. Is there any evidence for vocal learning in chimpanzee food calls?

    Current Biology 25, R1-R2

     

    Rigaill, L., MacIntosh, A.J.J., Higham, J.P., Winters, S., Shimizu, K., Mouri, K., Takeshi, F. & Garcia, C. Multimodal advertisement of pregnancy in free-ranging female Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata).

    PLOS One 10(8): e0135127

     

    Higham, J.P., Kraus, C., Stahl-Hennig, C., Engelhardt, A., Fuchs, D. & Heistermann, M. 2015. Evaluating non-invasive markers of non-human primate immune activation and inflammation.

    American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158: 673-684

     

    Winters, S., Dubuc, C. & Higham, J.P. 2015. The looking time experimental paradigm in studies of animal visual perception and cognition.

    Ethology 121: 625-640

     

    Allen, W.L. & Higham, J.P. 2015. Assessing the potential information content of multicomponent visual signals: A machine learning approach.

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20142284

     

    MacLarnon, A.M., Sommer, V., Goffe, A.S., Higham, J.P., Lodge, E., Tkaczynski, P. & Ross, C. 2015. Assessing adaptability and reactive scope: a new measure and a case study of environmental stress in forest-living baboons.
    General and Comparative Endocrinology 215: 10-24

     

    Dubuc, C., Winters, S., Allen, W.L., Brent, L.J.N., Cascio, J., Maestripieri, D.M., Ruiz-Lambides, A., Widdig, A. & Higham, J.P. 2014. Sexually-selected skin color is heritable and related to fecundity in a non-human primate.

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20141602

     

    Mandalaywala, T.M., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Parker, K.J. & Maestripieri D. 2014. Physiological and behavioral stress responses to weaning conflict in free-ranging primate infants.

    Animal Behaviour 91: 241-247

     

    Hughes, K.D., Higham, J.P., Allen, W.L., Elliot, A.J. & Hayden, B.Y. 2015. Extraneous red drives female macaques’ gaze toward photographs of male conspecifics.

    Evolution and Human Behavior 36: 25-31

     

    Allen, W.L., Stevens, M & Higham, J.P. 2014. Character displacement of Cercopithecini primate visual signals.

    Nature Communications 5: 4266

     

    Higham, J.P. & Maestripieri, D. 2014. The costs of reproductive success in Cayo Santiago male rhesus macaques.

    International Journal of Primatology 35: 661-676

     

    Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Maestripieri, D. & Higham, J.P. 2014. Is male rhesus macaque red colour ornamentation attractive to females?

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 1215-1224

     

    Higham, J.P. 2014. How does honest costly signaling work?Behavioral Ecology 25: 8-11

     

    Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A. 2013. An introduction to multimodal communication.

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1381-1388

     

    Wilson A., Dean, M. & Higham, J.P. 2013. A game theoretic approach to multimodal communication.

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1399-1415

     

    Higham, J.P., Pfefferle, D., Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D. & Stevens, M. 2013. Signaling in multiple modalities in male rhesus macaques: barks and sex skin coloration in relation to androgen levels, social status and mating behavior.

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1457-1469

     

    Semple, S. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Primate signals: Current issues and perspectives.

    American Journal of Primatology 75: 613-620

     

    Allen, W.L. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Analyzing visual signals as visual scenes.

    American Journal of Primatology 75: 664-682

     

    Rigaill, L., Higham, J.P., Lee, PC., Blin, A. & Garcia, C. 2013. Multimodal sexual signaling and mating behavior in olive baboons (Papio anubis).

    American Journal of Primatology 75: 774-787

     

    Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M. & Maestripieri, D. 2013. The endocrinology of male rhesus macaque social and reproductive status: a test of the challenge and social stress hypotheses.

    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 19-30

     

    Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Saggau, C., Agil, M., Perwitasari-Farajallah, D. & Engelhardt, A. 2012. Sexual signaling in the crested macaque and the evolution of primate fertility signals.

    BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 89

     

    Mandalaywala, T.M., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Infant bystanders modulate the effects of ovarian hormones on socio-sexual behaviour in free-ranging female rhesus macaques.

    Behaviour 148: 1137-1155

     

    Higham, J.P., Girard-Buttoz, C., Engelhardt, A. & Heistermann, M. 2011 Urinary C-peptide of insulin as a non-invasive marker of nutritional status: some practicalities.

    PLoS One 6: e22398

     

    Higham, J.P., Hughes, K.D., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Engelhardt, A., Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D., Santos, L.R & Stevens, M. 2011. Familiarity affects assessment of facial signals of female fertility by free-ranging male rhesus macaques.

    Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 3452-3458

     

    Hoffman, C.L., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Prendergast, B., Coe, C. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Immune function and HPA axis activity in free-ranging rhesus macaques.

    Physiology and Behavior 104: 507-514

     

    Girard-Buttoz, C., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Wedegärtner, S., Maestripieri, D. & Engelhardt, A. 2011. Urinary c-peptide measurement as a marker of nutritional status in macaques.

    PLoS One 6: e18042

     

    Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. The energetics of male-male endurance rivalry in rhesus macaques.

    Animal Behaviour 81: 1001-1007

     

    Higham, J.P., Barr, C.S., Hoffman, C.L., Mandalaywala, T.M., Parker, K.J. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Mu-opioid receptor (OPRM1) variation, oxytocin levels and maternal behavior in free-ranging rhesus macaques.

    Behavioral Neuroscience 125: 131-136

     

    De Vere, R., Warren, Y., Nicholas, A., MacKenzie, M.E. & Higham, J.P. 2011. Nest site ecology of the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) in the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon, with special reference to anthropogenic influence.

    American Journal of Primatology 73: 253-261

     

    Higham, J.P. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Revolutionary coalitions in male rhesus macaques.

    Behaviour 147: 1889-1908

     

    Higham, J.P., Vitale, A.B., Mas-Rivera, A., Ayala, J.E. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Measuring salivary analytes from free-ranging monkeys.

    Physiology & Behavior 101: 601-607

     

    Hoffman, C.L., Higham, J.P., Mas-Rivera, A., Ayala, J.E. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Terminal investment and senescence in rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago.

    Behavioral Ecology 21: 972-978

     

    Higham, J.P., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Accamando, A,K., Engelhardt, A., Gerald, M.S., Heistermann, M. & Stevens, M. 2010. Color signal information content and the eye of the beholder: a case study in the rhesus macaque.

    Behavioral Ecology 21: 739-746

     

    Higham, J.P. MacLarnon, A.M., Heistermann, M., Ross, C. & Semple, S. 2009. Self-directed behaviours and faecal glucocorticoid levels are not correlated in female wild olive baboons.

    Stress 12: 526-532

     

    Higham, J.P. Primate Coloration – An introduction to the special issue. 2009.

    International Journal of Primatology 30: 749-751

     

    Marty, J.M., Higham, J.P., Gadsby, E.L., & Ross, C. 2009 Color, dominance and social and sexual behavior in male drills.

    International Journal of Primatology 30: 807-823

     

    Stevens, M., Stoddard, M.C., & Higham, J.P. 2009. Studying primate color: towards visual system dependent methods.

    International Journal of Primatology 30: 893-917

     

    Higham, J.P., Semple, S. MacLarnon, A., Heistermann, M. & Ross, C. 2009. Female reproductive signals, and male mating behavior, in the olive baboon.

    Hormones and Behavior 55: 60-67

     

    Higham, J.P., Warren, Y., Adanu, J. Bubu, U. MacLarnon, A., Sommer, V. & Ross, C. 2009. Living on the edge: Life-history of olive baboons at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria.

    American Journal of Primatology 71: 293-304

     

    Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A., Ross, C., Heistermann, M. & Semple, S. 2008 Baboon sexual swellings: Information content of size and color.

    Hormones and Behavior 53: 452-462

     

    Higham, J.P. Heistermann, M., Ross, C., Semple, S. & MacLarnon, A. 2008. The timing of ovulation with respect to sexual swelling detumescence in wild olive baboons.

    Primates 49: 295-299

     

    Higham, J.P., Ross, C., Warren, Y., Heistermann, M. & MacLarnon, A. 2007 Reduced reproductive function in wild baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) related to natural consumption of the African black plum (Vitex doniana).

    Hormones and Behavior 52: 384-390

     

    Asakura, T., Umemura, K., Nakazawa, Y., Hirose, H., Higham, J.P. & Knight, D. 2007 Some observations on the structure and function of the spinning apparatus in the silkworm Bombyx mori.

    Biomacromolecules 8: 175-181

     

    Higham, J.P. & Gosler, A.G. 2006 Speckled eggs: water loss and incubation behaviour in the Great tit Parus major.

    Oecologia 149: 561-570

     

    Gosler, A.G., Higham, J.P. & Reynolds, S.J. 2005 Why are birds’ eggs speckled?

    Ecology Letters 8: 1105-1113

     

    Book Chapters & Encyclopedia Entries

     

    Winters S, Petersdorf M, Higham JP. 2019. Charles Darwin and selection in relation to sex in colors of monkeys.

    In: Darwin’s Roadmap to the Curriculum: Evolutionary Studies in Higher Education. Eds DS Wilson, G Geher, H Mativetsky, AC Gallup. Oxford University Press: New York.

     

    Petersen R.M., Dubuc C., Higham J.P. 2018. Facial displays of dominance in non-human primates.

    In: The Facial Displays of Leaders. Ed Senior, C. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

     

    Petersdorf, M. & Higham, J.P. 2017. Mating systems, Primates.

    In: International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Hoboken: New Jersey.

     

    Higham, J.P. 2017. Sperm competition.

    In: The International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Wiley Blackwell. Hoboken: New Jersey. In Press

     

    Higham, J.P. & Petersdorf, M. 2017. Sexual swellings.

    In: The International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Wiley Blackwell. Hoboken: New Jersey. In Press

     

    Petersdorf, M. & Higham, J.P. 2017. Mating systems.

    In: The International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Wiley Blackwell. Hoboken: New Jersey. In Press

     

    Higham, J.P. 2016. Multimodal Communication.

    In: The missing lemur link: an ancestral step in human evolution (Palagi, E. & Norscia I.) Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

     

    Higham, J.P. & Dubuc, C. 2015. The evolution of female fertility signals in macaques.
    In: eLS (Encyclopedia of Life Sciences). Wiley Blackwell. Hoboken: New Jersey.

     

    Higham, J.P. & Winters, S. 2015. Color and mate choice in nonhuman animals.

    In: The handbook of color psychology Eds Elliot, A.J. & Fairchild, M.D. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK. pp 502-530. ISBN: 978-1-107-04323-7

     

    Higham, J.P. 2013. Primate visual signals.

    In: McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2014. McGraw-Hill Professional: New York

     

    Warren, Y., Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A. & Ross, C. 2011. Crop-raiding and commensalism: the costs and benefits of living with humans.

    In: Primates of Gashaka Eds. Sommer, V & Ross, C. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer. Series Ed. Tuttle, R.H.

     

    Ross, C., Warren, Y., MacLarnon, A. & Higham, J.P. 2011. How different are Gashaka’s baboons? A comparison of forest-living and open-country populations.

    In: Primates of Gashaka Eds. Sommer, V & Ross, C. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer. Series Ed. Tuttle, R.H.

     

    Other journal publications

    Setchell, J.M., Fernandez-Duque, E. Higham, J.P., Rothman, J.M., Schulke, O. 2016. Editorial: Changes and clarifications to the policies of the International Journal of Primatology to promote transparency and open communication.

    International Journal of Primatology 37: 617-627.

     

    Petersdorf, M. & Higham, J.P. 2015. Katja Liebal, Bridget M. Waller, Anne M. Burrows, Katie E. Slocombe: Primate Communication: A Multimodal Approach.

    International Journal of Primatology 36: 1055-1059

     

    Winters, S. & Higham, J.P. 2015. Martin Stevens: Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution.

    International Journal of Primatology 36: 205-208

     

    Dubuc, C. & Higham, J.P. 2014. Quite the complexion: rhesus monkey face redness is passed on to their offspring, and affects their reproductive fitness.

    Biosphere 2: 50-55

     

    Higham, J.P., Amann, A.L., Bryer, M.A.H., Thompson, N.A. & Winters, S. 2013. Review of “The Evolution of Primate Societies” (Eds. John C. Mitani, Josep Call, Peter M. Kappeler, Ryne A. Palombit & Joan B. Silk).

    International Journal of Primatology 34: 1298-1303

     

    Higham, J.P. 2011. Review of “The Japanese Macaques” (Eds., Naofumi, N., Nakamichi, N. & Sugiura, H.).

    International Journal of Primatology 32: 1033-1036

     

    Semple, S., Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A., Ross, C. & Lehmann, J. 2010. Comment on ‘Pan Thanatology’.

    Current Biology http://www.cell.com/current-biology/comments/S0960-9822(10)00145-4

     

    Wiseman, R., Warren, Y., Nicholas, A., MacKenzie, M., & Higham, J.P. 2008. A GIS habitat map for the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon.

    Gorilla Journal 37: 12-14

  • Eve Cooper

    she/her

    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2020-present

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: eve.cooper@nyu.edu

    twitter: @EcoEvoEve

    Research Interests
    I am broadly interested in understanding the proximate and ultimate mechanisms driving between-individual variation in aging and senescence. As a member of the NYU Primatology lab, I’ll be investigating how social connectedness and social status influence the aging process, and especially immunosenescence (age-related deterioration of the immune system) using the free-ranging population of rhesus macaques in Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico.

     

    Education

    2020 Ph.D. Biology, Australian National University

    2016 B.S. (honours) Environmental Science, University of Guelph

     

    Publications

     

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

     

    EB Cooper, T Bonnet, H Osmond, A Cockburn, LEB Kruuk. (2020) “Do the ages of parents or helpers affect offspring fitness in a cooperatively breeding bird?” Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

     

    EB Cooper, T Bonnet, H Osmond, A Cockburn, LEB Kruuk. (2020) “Ageing and senescence across reproductive traits and survival in superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus)” American Naturalist.

     

    S Nakagawa, AG Dunn, M Lagisz, A Bannach-Brown, EM Grames, A Sánchez-Tójar, RE O’Dea, DWA Noble, MJ Westgate, PA Arnold, S Barrrow, A Bethel, EB Cooper, YZ Foo, SR Geange, E Hennessy, W Mapanga, K Mengersen, C Munera, MJ Page, V Welch, NR Haddaway. (2020) “A new ecosystem for evidence synthesis” Nature Ecology & Evolution.

     

    EB Cooper, and LEB Kruuk. (2018) “Ageing with a silver‐spoon: A meta‐analysis of the effect of developmental environment on senescence” Evolution Letters.

     

    EB Cooper, RW Taylor, AD Kelley, AR Martinig, S Boutin, MM Humphries, B Dantzer, JE Lane, AG McAdam. (2017) “Personality is correlated with natal dispersal in North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)” Behaviour.

     

    Digests

     

    EB Cooper. (2020) “Digest: Indirect genetic effects of males on female reproductive traits in the wild” Evolution.

     

  • Christina Costa

    PhD candidate, 2018-present

    Co-Advised with Todd Disotell

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: cec701@nyu.edu

    website: christinacosta.weebly.com

     

    Research Interests

    I am interested in the molecular mechanisms underlying non-human primate response to change and stress across the lifespan. My focus is on the genetic basis of gene regulation and relative contributions of epigenetic and environmental factors to differences in gene expression and its downstream biological consequences (immediate and long-term). Using functional genomics, I hope to identify genetic associations with regulatory phenotypes and variants mediating response to large natural disturbances like hurricanes, focusing on immune and stress response pathways, as well as age-associated processes.

     

    Education

    2018 B.S. Biology, B.A. Anthropology, Syracuse University

     

    Published Abstracts

     

    Fuchs, A. J., Kitrinos, C. and Costa, C. E. (2020) ‘The fifth annual Northeastern Evolutionary Primatologists meeting at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst’, Evolutionary Anthropology, 29(1), pp. 3–5.

     

    Costa, CE., Braun, DR., Matsuzawa, T., Carvalho, S., Almeida‐Warren, K. (2019). Water Sources and Tool Site Distributions: Hominins and Chimpanzees Compared (abstract). PaleoAnthropology.

     

     

     

  • Kandra Cruz

    PhD student, 2021-present

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: kcruz@nyu.edu

    Research Interests

    I am interested in studying the mechanisms supporting energetically costly reproduction in primates and analyzing how different hormonal pathways are interacting and influencing life history trade offs between reproduction and maintenance in females.

     

    Education

    2020 B.A. Anthropology, B.A. Human Biology, Hunter College

  • Jessica Gunson

    she/her

    PhD student, 2019-present

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: jessica.gunson@nyu.edu

    website: jessicagunson.weebly.com

    twitter: @GunsonWildlife

    Research Interests

    I am broadly interested in sexual selection and sexual signaling. My research centers on the evolution of sexually selected traits, with a particular focus on sexual coloration. My current project involves investigating the coloration of sexual swellings in female Kinda baboons (Papio kindae).

     

    Education

    2016 B.S. Biology, University of Florida

     

    Publications

     

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

     

    Montgomery, T. M., Greenberg, J. R., Gunson, J. L., John, K., Laubach, Z. M., Nonnamaker, E., ... & Beehner, J. C. (2022). Measuring salivary cortisol in wild carnivores. Hormones and Behavior. 137:105082.

     

    Kitrinos, C. E., Fuchs, A. J., Claypool, C. G., Gunson, J. L., & Kamilar, J. M. (2021). Primatology at the last meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews. 30(4), 233-235.

     

    Other Publications

     

    Petersdorf, M., Weyher, A. H., Heistermann, M., Govaerts, A., Gunson, J. L., & Higham, J. P. (2021). Female Kinda baboon sexual signals are less accurate indicators of fertility. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 174: 84.

  • Laís A. A. Moreira

    PhD candidate (University of Calgary), 2017-present

    Co-Advised with Amanda Melin

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: lais.pacheco@ucalgary.ca

    twitter: @lais_aa_moreira

    Research Interests

    My research interest is in visual and chemical communication in Platyrrhines.

     

    Education

    2013 M.A. Psycobiology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
    2010 B.A. Biology, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

     

    Publications

     

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

     

    Moreira, L.A.A., Duytschaever, G., Higham, J.P., & Melin, A.D. 2019. Platyrrhine color signals: A whole New World, with new horizons to pursue. Evolutionary Anthropology In Press


    Moreira, L.A.A., de Oliveira, D.G.R., de Sousa, M.B.C., & Pessoa, D.M.A. 2015. Parturition signaling by visual cues in female marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129319.


    Moreira L.A.A., Pessoa D.M.A., & Sousa, M.B.C. 2013. Socio-sexual communication: A review of the sensory modalities used by non-human primates. Oecologia Australis, 17, 113-129.

     

    Published abstracts

     

    Moreira, L.A.A., Pessoa, D.M.A., & Sousa, M.B.C. 2013. Chromatic signaling of reproductive condition in common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). Sociedade Brasileira de Etologia.


    Moreira, L.A.A., Saletti P.G., Pessoa V.F., & Pessoa D.M.A. 2011. Detecção de variação cromática em genitálias de fêmeas de macaco-prego (Cebus libidinosus). Sociedade Brasileira de Primatologia.

     

     

     

  • Laura Newman

    PhD candidate, 2017-present

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: laura.newman@nyu.edu

    twitter: @LauraNewman33

    Research Interests

    I am broadly interested in molecular changes that occur over the aging process, how sex and social integration modulate these changes, and the impact of these changes on phenotypic markers of aging. I am also interested in primate behavioral endocrinology, especially the relationship between stress, sociality, and health.

     

    Education

    2015 B.S. Biology, Boston College

     

    Publications

     

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

     

    Ballard, E. D., Waldman, L., Yarrington, J. S., Gerlus, N., Newman, L. E., Lee, L., Sparks, M., Liberty, V., Pao, M., Park, L., & Zarate, C. A. (2020). Neurobiological research with suicidal participants: A framework for investigators. General Hospital Psychiatry, 62, 43–48.

     

    Worley, N. B., Dumais, K. M., Yuan, J. C., Newman, L. E., Alonso, A. G., Gillespie, T. C., Hobbs, N.J., Breedlove, S. M., Jordan, C. L., Bredewold, R., & Veenema, A. H. (2019). Oestrogen and androgen receptor activation contribute to the masculinisation of oxytocin receptors in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis of rats. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 31(8), e12760.

     

    Richards, E. M., Zanotti-Fregonara, P., Fujita, M., Newman, L.E., Farmer, C., Ballard, E. D., ... & Henter, I. D. (2018). PET radioligand binding to translocator protein (TSPO) is increased in unmedicated depressed subjects. EJNMMI research, 8(1), 57.

     

    Park M., Newman L.E., Gold P.W., Luckenbaugh D.A., Yuan P., Machado-Vieira R., Zarate C.A. Jr. (2016). Change in Cytokine Levels is Not Associated with Antidepressant Response to Ketamine in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression. The Journal of Psychiatric Research 84:113-118.

     

    Lucantonio F., Gardner M.P., Mirenzi A., Newman L.E., Takahashi Y.K., Schoenbaum G. (2015). Neural Estimates of Imagined Outcomes in Basolateral Amygdala Depend on Orbitofrontal Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 35(50): 16521–16530.

     

    Book chapters and encyclopedia entries

     

    Newman, L. E., & Higham, J. P. (2019). Intrasexual Male Competition. In T. K. Shackelford & V. A. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science (pp. 1–7). Springer International Publishing.

     

  • Sam Patterson

    they/them/theirs

    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2021-present

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: sam.patterson@nyu.edu

    website: samkpatterson.wordpress.com

     

    Research Interests

    I am broadly interested in the evolution of social behavior, development, and aging. More specifically, I am interested in how early life experiences impact developmental trajectories and contribute to variation in sociality, reproduction, survival, and aging health later in life.

     

    Education

    2021 Ph.D. Anthropology, Arizona State University

    2016 M.A. Anthropology, Arizona State University

    2013 B.S. (Honors) Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

     

    Publications

     

    Patterson, S.K., Hinde, K., Bond, A.B., Trumble, B.C., Strum, S.C., & Silk, J.B. Effects of early life adversity on maternal effort and glucocorticoids in wild olive baboons. (Accepted) Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

     

    Patterson, S.K., Strum, S.C., & Silk, J.B. Resource competition shapes female-female aggression in olive baboons. (2021) Animal Behaviour,176: 23-41.

     

    Silk, J.B., Roberts, E.R, Barrett, B.J., Patterson, S.K., & Strum, S.C. Female-male relationships influence the form of female-female relationships in olive baboons, Papio anubis. (2017) Animal Behaviour, 131: 89-98.

     

    Sandel, A.A., Miller, J.A., Mitani, J.C., Nunn,C.L., Patterson, S.K., & Garamszegi, L.Z. Assessing sources of error in comparative analyses of primate behavior: intraspecific variation in group size and the social brain hypothesis. (2016) Journal of Human Evolution, 94: 126-133.

     

    Patterson, S. K., Sandel, A. A., Miller, J. A., & Mitani, J. C. Data quality and the comparative method: The case of primate group size. (2014) International Journal of Primatology: 1-14.

     

  • Rachel Petersen

    PhD candidate, 2014-present

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: rachel.petersen@nyu.edu

    twitter: @rachpetersen

    Research Interests

    For my masters project I studied the relationship between sociality and fitness in the rhesus macaque through non-invasive markers of immune activation and HPA axis function. This research aimed to uncover the role of the immune and endocrine system in mediating the negative health consequences associated with low social integration. For my PhD dissertation, I am studying both pre- and post-copulatory mechanisms by which female primates bias paternity. Specifically, I am interested in mechanisms of cryptic female choice and exploring how sexual selection has acted on female physiology in order to better understand the co-evolution of reproductive strategies in male and female primates.


    Education

    2017 M.A. Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2013 B.S. Animal Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

     

    Publications

     

    Petersen, R.M., Heistermann, M. & Higham, J.P. (2021). Social and sexual behaviors predict immune system activation, but not adrenocortical activation, in male rhesus macaques. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology In Press

     

    Petersen, R.M. & Higham, J.P. (2020). The role of sexual selection in the evolution of facial displays in male nonhuman primates and men. Adaptive Human Behavior & Physiology 6: 249–276

     

    Petersen R.M. (2018). Female choice. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. (ed. C Dubuc). Springer publishing.

     

    Petersen R.M. (2018). Ejaculate. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. (ed. C Dubuc). Springer publishing.

     

    Petersen R.M., Dubuc C., Higham J.P. (2018). Facial displays of dominance in non-human primates. In: The Facial Displays of Leaders. Ed Senior, C. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

     

    Milich, K.M., Georgiev, A.V., Petersen, R.M., Thompson, M.E., Maestripieri, D. (2017). Alpha male status and availability of conceptive females are associated with high glucocorticoid concentrations in high-ranking male rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) during the mating season. Hormones and Behavior 97: 5-13.

     

    Kimock, C.M., Evans, K.D., Petersen, R.M. (2017). The second meeting of the Northeastern Evolutionary Primatologists. Evolutionary Anthropology 26: 42-43.

     

    DeCasien, A.R., Evans, K.D., Fuong, H., Lee, D.S., Petersdorf, M., Petersen, R.M., Shackelford, C.M. (2016). Crickette M. Sanz, Josep Call, and Christophe Boesch (Eds.): Tool Use in Animals: Cognition and Ecology. International Journal of Primatology 37: 608-611.

     

    Milich, K.M., Georgiev, A.V., Petersen, R.M., Thompson, M.E. and Maestripieri, D., (2016). Social status, seasonality, and stress: Variation in glucocorticoid concentrations of high-ranking male rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) [abstract]. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159(S62): 229.

  • Amber Eliza Trujillo

    PhD candidate, 2016-present

    Co-Advised with Christina Bergey and Todd Disotell

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: aet359@nyu.edu

    Research Interests

    I am interested in molecular mechanisms underlying the co-evolutionary relationship between primates and malaria. Combining comparative evolutionary and functional genomics and transcriptomics, my research is focused on characterizing the molecular immune response of primates (including humans) to malaria, and determining which differences may be adaptations to malaria-mediated selection.

     

    Education

    2020 M.Phil. Biological Anthropology, New York University
    2016 B.S. Biology, University of New Mexico

     

    Publications

     

    Publications

     

    Janiak, MC., Montague, MJ., Villamil, CI., Stock, MJ., Trujillo, AE., DePasquale, A., Orkin, J., Bauman Surratt, S., Gonzalez, O., Platt, ML., Martinez, M., Antón S., Dominguez-Bello, MG., Melin, AD., Higham, JP. 2021. Age and sex-associated variation in the multi-site microbiome of an entire social group of free-ranging rhesus macaques. Microbiome 9: 68

     

    Published Abstracts

     

    Trujillo, AE., Chaney, ME., Bergey, CM. (2020). Genomic sequence assembly for the malaria-like
    parasite Hepatocystis using primate whole genome sequencing datasets (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropologists.

     

    Bergey, CM., Trujillo, AE., Disotell, TR., Tosi, AJ., Burrell, AS. (2020) Genomics of adaptation, convergence, and evolutionary conservation in haplorrhine primates (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropologists.

     

    Janiak., MC, Montague, MJ., Villamil, C., Stock, MK., Trujillo, AE., DePasquale, A., Orkin, JD., Surrat, SEB.,
    Gonzalez, O., Platt, ML., Martinez, M., Antón, SC., Dominguez-Bello, G., Melin, AD., Higham, JP. (2020). Age-associated changes in the microbiome of rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropologists

     

    Trujillo, AE., Gilbert, CC. (2018). Craniometric variation and taxonomy in papionin monkeys: the case of Parapapio (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropologists.

     

    Book Chapters

     

    Trujillo, AE., Janiak, M., Naji, S., Disotell, TR. (in press). A comparative genetic analysis of acellular cementum. In Dental Cementum in Anthropology. Cambridge (England): Cambridge University Press

  • Cassandra Turcotte

    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2018-present

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: ct1313@nyu.edu

    Research Interests

    Comparative and functional anatomy, musculoskeletal biology, digital imaging and microscopy, 3D modeling, muscle-bone attachment regions

     

    Current work: Relationships between soft tissue morphology and skeletal correlates in the rhesus macaques of Cayo Santiago. This post-doctoral position is focused on the reconstruction of soft tissue and life history variables from skeletal remains using the rhesus macaque population of Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico. This project collects antemortem somatometric and microbiome data for comparison against skeletonized tissues to assess the utility of forensic skeletal markers for the reconstruction of living behavior.


    Education

    2018 Ph.D. Human Paleobiology, George Washington University

    2012 B.A. Physical Anthropology and Geology, University of Pennsylvania

     

    Publications

     

    Turcotte, C.M., Mann, E.H.J.*, Stock, M.K., Villamil, C.I., Montague, M.J., Dickinson, E., Bauman Surratt, S., Martinez, M., Williams, S.A., Antón, S.C. & Higham, J.P. The ontogeny of sexual dimorphism in free-ranging rhesus macaques. American Journal of Biological Anthropology In Press

     

    Diogo R, Potau JM, Pastor JF, de Paz FJ, Arias Martorell J, Turcotte C, Hammond A, Shearer B, Vereecke E, Vanhoof M, Nauwelaerts S and B Wood (2017) Photographic and Descriptive Musculoskeletal Atlas of Bonobos. 1st ed. Springer.

  • Susie Lee

    PhD alumna, 2013-2019

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: susielee.on@gmail.com

     

    Current position: Research Associate, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

    Research Interests
    My long-term goal is to understand how, why and when attachment behaviors evolved in animals. For my doctoral study I focused on patterns of mother-infant relationships in non-human primates.

     

    Education

    2019 Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2016 M.A. Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2009 M.A. Anthropology, Seoul National University

    2005 B.A. Child Development & Anthropology, Seoul National University

     

    Publications

    See Google Scholar for an up-to-date list of publications.

  • Sandra Winters

    PhD alumna, 2012-2019

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: sandra.winters@nyu.edu

    website: link

    twitter: @SandraWinters22

     

    Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bristol

    Research Interests

    For my dissertation I studied the form and function of guenon face patterns. Guenons are a group of forest monkeys in Africa that exhibit an extraordinary variety of colorful facial displays. Guenons often form polyspecfic groups in which up to six species live side by side, however hybridization between species, while possible, is rare in undisturbed circumstances. This indicates that there are likely pre-mating barriers to heterospecific mating; previous research in the lab has indicated that the face patterns exhibited by guenons are likely contributing to maintaining species boundaries and have been under selective pressures to diversify (i.e. there is evidence of character displacement in sympatric species groups). I extended this research using a variety of techniques, including computational recognition algorithms based on photographs of guenon faces, modeling of evolutionary scenarios, experiments to assess guenon preferences, and measurements of guenon behavior and ecology.

     

    Education

    2019 Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, New York University
    2015 M.A. Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2011 M.S. Primate Behavior, Central Washington University

    2008 B.S. Anthropology and Psychology, University of Maryland

     

    Publications

    See https://camolab.com/members.php?s=winters for an up-to-date list of publications

  • Alex DeCasien

    PhD alumna, 2014-2021

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: alex.decasien@gmail.com

    website: alex-decasien.strikingly.com

    twitter: @AlexDeCasien

     

    Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, NIMH Section on Developmental Neurogenomics

    Research Interests
    I am interested in how sexual selection has shaped primate cognitive evolution. Sex differences in behavior and cognitive abilities have been demonstrated in humans and non-human primates, but the specific neurobiological underpinnings of such differences remain unknown.

     

    Education
    2021 Ph.D Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2016 M.A. Biological Anthropology, New York University
    2014 B.S. Economics & Biological Anthropology, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business

     

    Publications

    See alex-decasien.strikingly.com for an up-to-date list of publications.

  • Megan Petersdorf

    PhD alumna, 2013-2021

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: megan.d.petersdorf@durham.ac.uk

    web: meganpetersdorf.com

    twitter: @meganpetersdorf

     

    Current position: Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology, Durham University

    Research Interests
    My research is generally centered in sexual selection and communication. I am interested in understanding variation in sexually selected traits in primates and the evolution of mating system diversity. I address my research questions through a combination of behavioral observations of primates in the field with endocrinology, genetics, and digital measurements of morphology. For my PhD dissertation, I studied sexual selection in the little-known Kinda baboon at the Kasanka Baboon Project in Zambia.

     

    Education
    2021 Ph.D Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2016 M.A. Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2012 M.Res Primate Biology, Behavior, and Conservation, University of Roehampton

    2009 B.A. Biological Anthropology, University of California San Diego.

     

    Publications

    See meganpetersdorf.com for an up-to-date list of publications.

  • Clare Kimock

    PhD alumna, 2015-2021

    Co-Advised with Shara Bailey

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: clare.kimock@gmail.com

    website: clarekimock.strikingly.com

    twitter: @clare_kimock

     

    Current position: Research Fellow in Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

    Research Interests

    I am interested in the evolution of sexually dimorphic traits in primates and other mammals. For my dissertation, I studied the evolution and function of large male canine teeth in rhesus macaques from Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico. I integrated morphological, genetic, and behavioral data to better understand how variation in canine tooth size is produced and maintained.

     

    Education

    2021 Ph.D Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2015 M.A. Anthropology, George Washington University

    2013 B.A. Anthropology, American University

     

    Publications

    See clarekimock.strikingly.com for an up-to-date list of publications.

  • Constance Dubuc

    Affiliated Researcher alumna, 2014-2021

    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2012-2014

     

    Contact Information

    e-mail: constance.dubuc@umontreal.ca

    Publications

    See Google Scholar for an up-to-date list of publications.