I am a primatologist and biological anthropologist whose research interests address questions regarding primate behavior, ecology, and health – from prosimians to humans. Why do we behave the way we do? How does our biology, morphology, and physiology affect this? How does this vary among species of primates?
I conduct fieldwork at Loskop Dam Nature Reserve where I collect behavioral and parasitological data on wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops). My current research examines how social grooming affects the dynamics of macro- and microparasite infection and transmission. I have also worked with captive primates, domestic animals, and numerous wildlife species in the U.S., South Africa, and Belize. My work has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, and Purdue Research Foundation. I have received awards from the Indiana Academy of Science and Ball State University.
I have taught introductory and advanced courses in anthropology, including Introduction to Biological Anthropology & Human Evolution and Biological Bases of Human Social Behavior. I co-developed and co-teach a primatological field course in South Africa with colleagues from the Applied Behavioural Ecology & Ecosystem Research Unit (ABEERU) at University of South Africa (UNISA).
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