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    (MA student, 2017-2020)


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    (MA student, 2017-2020)


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    (PhD student, 2012-2019)


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    (MA student, 2013-2015)


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  • James Higham

    Associate Professor of Anthropology


    Contact Information​

    e-mail: jhigham@nyu.edu

    web: nyuprimatology.com

    twitter: @nyuprimatology


    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


    Watowich, M.M., Chiou, K.L, Montague, M.J., Simons, N.D., Horvarth, J.E., Ruiz-Lambides, A.V., Martinez, M.I., Higham, J.P., Brent, L.J.N., Platt, M.L., Snyder-Mackler, N. 2022. Natural disaster and immunological aging in a nonhuman primate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA In Press


    DeLacey, P.M., Perlman, R.F., Sen, S., Schneider-Crease, I., Chiou, K.L., Lemma, A., Ayele, F., Higham, J.P., Lu, A., Snyder-Mackler, N., Beehner, J.C. & Bergman, T.J. 2022. Assessing male gelada chest patches: color measurement and physiological mechanisms. Mammalian Biology In Press


    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 90: 2901-2914


    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 75: 159


    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


    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.



    2020 Ph.D. Biology, Australian National University

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




    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.




    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.



    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.



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

  • Arthur Fernandes


    Postdoctoral Researcher, 2021-Present

    Co-Advised with Amanda Melin (University of Calgary)


    Contact Information

    e-mail: arthur.fernandes@ucalgary.ca

    Research Interests
    I am broadly interested in understanding the effects of aging and pathology on sensorial systems, mainly in terms of vision. As part of my current project, I am evaluating the vision characteristics of a free-ranging population of rhesus macaques in Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, and closely following up those diagnosed with glaucoma in our baseline evaluation.



    2020 Ph.D. Visual Sciences and Ophthalmology, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

    2020 B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

    2016 M.P.H. Epidemiology, Tulane University, New Orleans/LA

    2008 B.S. Ophthalmic Technology, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil


    Main Publications


    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


    Fernandes, A. G., Alves, M., Nascimento, R., Valdrighi, N. Y., de Almeida, R. C., & Nakano, C. T. (2021). Visual impairment and blindness in the Xingu Indigenous Park - Brazil. International Journal for Equity in Health20(1), 197.


    Fernandes, A. G., & Ferraz, N. N. (2021). The effects of amblyopia on children's reading performance after patching treatment. European Journal of Ophthalmology 1120672121998248.



    Fernandes, A. G., Berezovsky, A., Watanabe, S., Mitsuhiro, M., Cypel, M. C., Ferraz, N. N., Furtado, J. M., Sacai, P. Y., Muñoz, S., Cunha, C. C., Vasconcelos, G. C., Morales, P., Cohen, M. J., Cohen, J. M., Campos, M., Belfort, R., Jr, & Salomão, S. R. (2021). Prevalence of ocular findings regardless of visual acuity status in older adults from the Brazilian Amazon Region. Scientific Reports 11(1), 23710.


    Fernandes, A. G., Bastawrous, A., Ferraz, N. N., Hennig, B., Lima, V. L., Viana, R. G., Campos, M., & Furtado, J. M. (2020). Eye clinic attendance at the olympic and paralympic games Rio 2016 and its correlation to the WHO indicators on eye health. British Journal of Sports Medicine bjsports-2020-102706.


    Fernandes, A. G., Salomão, S. R., Ferraz, N. N., Mitsuhiro, M. H., Furtado, J. M., Muñoz, S., Cypel, M. C., Cunha, C. C., Vasconcelos, G. C., Sacai, P. Y., Morales, P. H., Cohen, M. J., Cohen, J. M., Watanabe, S. S., Campos, M., Belfort Junior, R., & Berezovsky, A. (2020). Pterygium in adults from the Brazilian Amazon Region: prevalence, visual status and refractive errors. The British Journal of Ophthalmology, 104(6), 757–763.


    Fernandes, A. G., Pollock, B. D., & Rabito, F. A. (2018). Retinoblastoma in the United States: A 40-Year Incidence and Survival Analysis. Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 55(3), 182–188.


    Fernandes, A. G., Salomão, S. R., Pereira, J. M., & Berezovsky, A. (2016). Full-field electroretinogram recorded with skin electrodes in normal adults. Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia 79(6), 390–394.

  • Jessica Gunson


    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).



    2016 B.S. Biology, University of Florida




    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.



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




    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.



    2015 B.S. Biology, Boston College




    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


    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.



    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




    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.


  • 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.



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






    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.


    2018 Ph.D. Human Paleobiology, George Washington University

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




    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.



    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



    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.



    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



    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.


    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



    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.


    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.



    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.



    2021 Ph.D Biological Anthropology, New York University

    2015 M.A. Anthropology, George Washington University

    2013 B.A. Anthropology, American University



    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


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

  • Rachel Petersen

    PhD alumna, 2014-2021


    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.


    2017 M.A. Biological Anthropology, New York University

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




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