Behavioral Biology Lab
Evolution of Animal Behavior
We are interested in the phylogenetic history of animal behavior and
its adaptive significance, with regard to social and mating systems, life history, social behavior, and communication and cognition. We are interested in the theoretical study of the development of behavior, sex differences and other stable individual differences (personality), and the intergenerational transmission of behavior through genetic and environmental (e.g. maternal) effects.
Biological and environmental regulation of nonhuman primate behavior
Since the late 1980s, we have conducted research on many aspects of behavior in different species of nonhuman primates including macaques, baboons, and the great apes. This research has been conducted in different settings (e.g., research facilities, zoos, naturalistic environments, and in the field) and with a variety of methods (e.g., observation, experiments, and collection of biological samples for genetic, neurochemical, neuroendocrine, immunological, and metabolic assays). In recent years, research has concentrated on the effects of genes and early experience on behavioral, cognitive, and neuroendocrine development, the study of social relationships, and the adaptive significance of variation in mating and reproductive strategies.