Associate Professor, Anthropology and Associate Professor EEOB, Courtesy Appointment
Ph.D., Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota
Primate evolution and behavior, animal behavior including vocalizations, sexual selection, territoriality
I teach physical anthropology, cultural anthropology and comparative psychology (aka animal behavior)
I am generally interested in the complex social behavior of non-human primates and the adaptive significance of vocal communication. Using both systematic observational and experimental playback approaches, I have asked how the loud call vocalizations of male primates mediate male-male competition within and between social groups. For my graduate work at the University of Minnesota, I examined the inter-group contests of black howler monkey in Belize, Central America. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in 1999. As a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, I focused on the function and perception of the exaggerated loud calls ('wahoos') of male-male competitve displays in chacma baboons in Botswana, Africa. In Autumn of 2004, I became an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Ohio State University. In 2005 I visited a field site in Guyana with several species of New World monkeys and in 2006 I returned to Botswana for 6 months to conduct more research on baboons. I currently work on the vocal patterns and social behaviors of mantled x black hybrid howler monkeys (along with collaborators from University of Michigan and University of Veracruz, Mexico) and olive baboons at Gombe Stream in Tanzania. I also work with graduate students and undergraduate Honors students conducting research on social cognition, stress and hormones and female choice in wild and captive New World and Old World monkeys and apes. Please see my departmental website for more information.