Associate Dean, CAS
Ph.D., Georg August University, Goettingen, Germany, 1992
Courses taught at Stony Brook include ANP120 Introduction to Biological Anthropology, ANP220 Controversies in Human Biology and Behavior, ANP325 Primate Behavior, DPA550 Theory and Methods in Primatology, and DPA567 Primate Ecology and Behavior
My general research interest include questions on the evolution of group life and social behavior, alloparental care, feeding ecology and feeding competition, predator-prey interactions, reproductive strategies, seasonality, evolutionary models.
I have conducted laboratory research on South American callitrichine monkeys (Callithrix spp.), fieldwork on Hanuman langurs (Semnopithecus entellus) in Nepal, and fieldwork on Phayre’s leaf monkeys (Trachypithecus phayrei crepusculus) in Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Northeastern Thailand. Research questions center on costs and benefits of group life, ecology of social relationships, and reproductive strategies.
With support from NSF, data have been collected in Thailand on the weather,
forest ecology, and behavior of 4 habituated groups of Phayre’s leaf monkeys.
This includes: (i) temperature (since 2001) and rainfall (since 2003),
(ii) forest composition (33 botanical plots, each 50x50 m), (iii) phenology
(546 trees and lianas, checked monthly, 2004-2007), (iv) nutritional content and
mechanical properties of more than 170 food items, (v) behavioral observations
at the group (ranging, activity & heights via 30 min scan sampling; 2003-2007)
and individual level (20 min focal sampling combining continuous and 1 min
instantaneous recording), adult and juvenile individuals, since 2003), (vi)
demography and life history, and (vii) genetics. Please contact
Carola Borries or
Andreas Koenig should
you be interested to work with these data.