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Andreas Koenig Professor Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

S517 Social and Behavioral Scien

Stony Brook, 11794

631/632-1513

Biography

Andreas Koenig’s research focuses on the behavior and ecology of nonhuman primates. He is particularly interested in how social behavior, such as cooperation and competition, evolved, and what costs and benefits individuals face when living in groups. Additionally, he researches how behavior, morphology, and physiology affect access to potential mates, as well as the timing of key events that occur in the individuals’ lifetimes. He has conducted fieldwork with wild primates in Asia, particularly Nepal and Thailand.

Education

  • PhD and Diplom, Georg-August University
  • Vordiplom, University of Cologne

Research Grants

Award Start End Sponsor Type Amount Status
Dissertation Research for Brandon Wheeler: Study of Alarm Calling Behavior of Tufted Capuchin Monkeys at Iguazu National Park, Northeastern Argentina 2005-02-01T00:00:00 2006-12-31T00:00:00 Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Res Nonfederal 22584 Closed
Thesis Research for Eileen Larney: Study of Randomness: Social Relationships and Infant Handling in Phayre's Leaf Monkey 2005-01-01T00:00:00 2007-05-31T00:00:00 Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Res Nonfederal 17332 Closed
Funds for Kerry Ossi: Survival, Skill-Learning and Growth in Juvenile Leaf Monkeys in Thailand 2006-11-01T00:00:00 2008-12-31T00:00:00 Leakey Foundation Nonfederal 13430 Closed
Primate Ecology and Conservation in Thailand: Training Workshop at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary 2006-11-01T00:00:00 2007-04-30T00:00:00 Conservation International Foundation Nonfederal 3800 Closed
Dissertation Research for Clara Scarry: Functions and Consequences of Intergroup Aggression in Argentine Tufted Capuchins 2009-05-15T00:00:00 2009-12-01T00:00:00 Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Res Nonfederal 3600 Closed
Dissertation Research For Brandon Wheeler in the study of the use of Deceptive Alarms Among Wild Tufted Capuchin Monkeys (Cebus Apella) in Northeastern Argentina 2004-06-01T00:00:00 2006-06-01T00:00:00 American Society of Primatologist Nonfederal 1410 Closed
Dissertation Research for Kelly Ossi in the Study of "The Juvenile Balancing Act: Survival, Skill-Learning and Growth in Phayre's Leaf Monkeys" 2007-07-02T00:00:00 2008-09-30T00:00:00 Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Res Nonfederal 10957 Closed
Reproductive Skew in Male Phayre's Leaf Monkeys (Trachypithecuc Phayrei) 2008-07-01T00:00:00 2010-12-01T00:00:00 Leakey Foundation Nonfederal 20000 Closed
Ecology Feeding Competition and Social Relationships of Phayre's Leaf Monkeys 2002-07-15T00:00:00 2006-06-30T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 297022 Closed
GROUP STRUCTURE AND RANGING BEHAVIOR OF FOREST DWELLING RHESUS MACAQUES 2002-06-01T00:00:00 2003-05-31T00:00:00 National Geographic Society Nonfederal 14750 Closed
Dissertation Research for Abigail Derby in the Study of lr y of "Investigating Primate Community Biomass in Hunted verus Non-hunted Regions of of Ya Ions in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador 2005-05-01T00:00:00 2005-12-30T00:00:00 American Society of Primatologist Nonfederal 1000 Closed
Primate Ecology and Conservation in Thailand: Second Teaching Workshop at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary 2003-12-01T00:00:00 2004-05-31T00:00:00 Conservation International Foundation Nonfederal 2000 Closed
Primate Ecology and Conservation in Thailand: Training Workshop at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary 2006-11-01T00:00:00 2007-04-30T00:00:00 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Nonfederal 1836 Closed
SUMMER RESEARCH FOR KERRY OSSI IN THE STUDY OF SEX DIFFERENCES IN BEHAVIOR AMONG IMMATURE PHAYRE'S MONKEYS (TRACHYPITHECUS PHAYREI) 2004-05-01T00:00:00 2004-08-31T00:00:00 American Society of Primatologist Nonfederal 1500 Closed
Dissertation Research for Kerry Ossi: Doctoral Disseration Improvement: The Juvenile Balancing Act: Survival, Skill-learning, and Growth in Phayre's Leaf Monkeys 2007-03-01T00:00:00 2009-02-28T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 10244 Closed
Funds for Abigail Derby: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement: Investigating How Ecology and Demography Influence Folivorous Primate Biomass in Eastern Ecuador 2005-07-15T00:00:00 2006-06-30T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 7560 Closed
Social Relationships and Reproductive Strategies of Phayre's Leaf Monkeys 2006-01-16T00:00:00 2009-03-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 118549 Closed
Primate Ecology and Conservation in Thailand: A Teaching Workshop at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary 2003-01-01T00:00:00 2003-05-31T00:00:00 Conservation International Foundation Nonfederal 4000 Closed
THESIS RESEARCH FOR EILEEN LARNEY IN THE STUDY OF BLOOD OR BARTER: INFANT HANDLING IN A FEMALE DISPERSAL SPECIES, TRACHYPITHECUS PHAYREI 2004-08-01T00:00:00 2005-08-31T00:00:00 American Society of Primatologist Nonfederal 1500 Closed
Dissertation Research for Kerry Ossi in the Study of "The Juvenile Balancing Act: Survival Skill Learning and Growth in Phayre's Leaf Monkeys" 2006-08-01T00:00:00 2007-09-30T00:00:00 American Society of Primatologist Nonfederal 1500 Closed
Primate Ecology and Conservation in Thailand: Training Workshop at Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary 2004-12-07T00:00:00 2005-04-30T00:00:00 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Nonfederal 2000 Closed
Group Structure and Ranging Behavior for Forest-Dwelling Rhesus Macaques 2002-01-01T00:00:00 2003-07-31T00:00:00 Leakey Foundation Nonfederal 15000 Closed
Dissertation Research for Evelyn Pain: Morphological Variation and Dominance Relationships Among Male Woolly Monkeys (Lagothrix Poeppigii) 2015-06-01T00:00:00 2016-05-31T00:00:00 Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation Nonfederal 4850 Closed
Dissertation Research for Rachel Pearlman: The Energetics of Male Reproductive Strategies in Geladas (Theropithecus Geladas) 2016-06-01T00:00:00 2018-05-31T00:00:00 Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation Nonfederal 4998 Approved
Dissertation Research for Evelyn Pain: Functions of Male Woolly Monkey Morphological Variation in Yasuni, Ecuador 2016-06-01T00:00:00 2018-01-01T00:00:00 Leakey Foundation Nonfederal 11064 Approved
Dissertation Research for Rachel Perlman: The Energetics of Male Reproductive Strategies in Geladas 2016-06-01T00:00:00 2018-05-31T00:00:00 International Primatological Society Nonfederal 1480 Approved
Dissertation Research for Rachel Perlman: The Energetics of Male Reproductive Strategies in geladas (Theropithecus gelada) 2016-06-01T00:00:00 2019-06-30T00:00:00 Leakey Foundation Nonfederal 14950 Approved

Publications

  1. Author Article American Journal of Physical Anthropology Primate life histories and dietary adaptations: A comparison of Asian colobines and Macaques 2011 144 2 286 - 299
  2. Author Article American Journal of Primatology Selection of sleeping trees in pileated gibbons ( 2010
  3. Author Article Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews Andreas Paul, 1951-2010 2010 19 3 83 - 83
  4. Author Article Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews The lost dream of ecological determinism: Time to say goodbye? . Or a White Queen's proposal? 2009 18 5 166 - 174
  5. Author Article Behavioral Ecology Variation in dominance hierarchies among group-living animals: modeling stability and the likelihood of coalitions 2009 20 4 844 - 855
  6. Author Article PLOS ONE Background The ecological factors contributing to the evolution of tropical vertebrate communities are still poorly understood. Primate communities of the tropical Americas have fewer folivorous but more frugivorous genera than tropical regions of the Old 2009 4 12 2009
  7. Author Article Animal Behaviour Formal submission, tolerance and socioecological models: a test with female Hanuman langurs 2008 76 2 415 - 428
  8. Author Article Behavioral Ecology Costs of group size: lower developmental and reproductive rates in larger groups of leaf monkeys 2008 19 6 1186 - 1191
  9. Author Article American Journal of Primatology Genital swellings in silvered langurs: what do they indicate? 2007 69 5 519 - 532
  10. Author Article American Journal of Primatology What Hanuman langur males know about female reproductive status 2006 68 7 701 - 712
  11. Author Article American Journal of Physical Anthropology How important are affiliation and cooperation? A reply to Sussman et al. 2006 131 4 522 - 523
  12. Author Article American Journal of Primatology The importance of ingestion rates for estimating food quality and energy intake 2006 68 10 951 - 965
  13. Author Article Ethology Sex Allocation in a Colobine Monkey 2005 111 10 924 - 939
  14. Author Article Journal of Theoretical Biology Infanticide and infant defence by males-modelling the conditions in primate multi-male groups 2004 231 2 261 - 270
  15. Author Article American Journal of Primatology Agonistic behavior and dominance relationships in female phayre's leaf monkeys - preliminary results 2004 64 3 351 - 357
  16. Author Article Folia Primatologica Temporary Absence and Dispersal in Phayre's Leaf Monkeys (Trachypithecus phayrei) 2004 75 1 27 - 30

Courses

Term Role Course ID Description
Spring 2018 Primary Instructor ANP 120 Intro to Biological Anthropol
Spring 2018 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Spring 2018 Primary Instructor EBH 459 Write Effectively in EBH
Spring 2018 Primary Instructor EBH 488 Internship in Human Evol Bio
Winter 2018 Primary Instructor EBH 459 Write Effectively in EBH
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor ANP 120 Intro to Biological Anthropol
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 701 Dissertation off Campus Intern
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor EBH 459 Write Effectively in EBH
Summer 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 800 SUMMER RESEARCH
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor DPA 701 Dissertation off Campus Intern
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor EBH 459 Write Effectively in EBH
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor ANP 403 Seminar in Biological Anthropo
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor ANP 488 Internship in Biologica Anthro
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor ANT 591 Professional Skills in the Ant
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 591 Professional Skills in the Ant
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 591 Professional Skills in the Ant
Spring 2016 Secondary Instructor DPA 592 Professional Skills in the Ant
Spring 2016 Secondary Instructor DPA 592 Professional Skills in the Ant
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 701 Dissertation off Campus Intern
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor EBH 401 Seminar in Evol Bio of Humans
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor EBH 488 Internship in Human Evol Bio
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor ANT 567 Primate Behavior and Ecology
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 567 Primate Behavior and Ecology
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor DPA 701 Dissertation off Campus Intern
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor EBH 458 Speak Effectively Before an Au
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor EBH 459 Write Effectively in EBH
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor ANP 120 Intro to Biological Anthropol
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor DPA 701 Dissertation off Campus Intern
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor EBH 459 Write Effectively in EBH
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor EBH 488 Internship in Human Evol Bio
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor ANT 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor ANT 567 Primate Behavior and Ecology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 525 Research Areas in Anthro Scien
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 567 Primate Behavior and Ecology
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 600 Practicum in Teaching
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor DPA 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor DPA 610 Individual Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor DPA 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest

Honors

Type Description Year
Award Dean's Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Education by a Graduate Program Director, Stony Brook University (Co-winner with N. Goroff, Chemisty)

Scholarly Activities

Activity Title Date
Colloquia Koenig A. Mating systems and female social relationships: comparative approaches to primate socioecology.
Presentation/Paper at a conference Koenig A, Borries C. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: the importance of long-term studies for wildlife research and conservation.
Presentation/Paper at a conference Koenig A, Borries C. A new form of social organization in an Asian colobine
Presentation/Paper at a conference Koenig A, Borries C. Territoriality, female dispersal, and potential benefits of living with multiple males.
Presentation/Paper at a conference Koenig A, Carl KM, Borries C. Territories and reproductive opportunities: do male Phayre's leaf monkeys benefit from cooperation?
Presentation/Paper at a conference Koenig A, Larney E, Borries C. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing: dispersal and residence pattern in Phayre's leaf monkeys.
Presentation/Paper at a conference Koenig A, Wheeler BC, Scarry CJ, Borries C. Variation in grouping patterns, agonism, and social structure: what socioecological models attempt to explain.
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Koenig A, Borries C. Variation in the occurrence of infanticide among nonhuman primates and female countertactics.
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Koenig A. Primate life histories.

Professional Service

Service Title Date
Referee review of 11 manuscripts of major journals: American Journal of Physical Anthropology (1), Animal Behaviour (1), Asian Primate Journal (1), Behavioral Ecology (2), Folia Primatologica (1), Evolutionary Anthropology (2), Primates (2), Proc Roy Soc B (1) 2011 - 2012
Referee review of 2 grant proposals: National Geographic CRE (1), National Science Foundation, Physical Anthropology (1) 2011 - 2012
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. American Society of Primatologists; member of the Research and Development Committeee; reviewed and rated 35 grants; August 2011 2011 - 2012
Other Participated in doctoral dissertation defense of Ms R Phoonjampa, December 2010, King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand 2010 - 2011
Presentation other than Scholarly Act. Presentation about "Primate research in the lab and the field"; Undergraduate Anthropology Club; Stony Brook University, April 2011 2010 - 2011
Referee review of 7 grant proposals for National Geographic CRE (8/2010; 1 grant), the Leakey Foundation (9/2010; 2 grants; 3/2011, 2 grants), and the National Science Foundation (10/2010, LTREB, 1 grant; 4/2011, Physical Anthropology, 1 grant) 2010 - 2011
Referee review of 9 manuscripts of major journals/ books: Current Zoology, Folia Primatologica, Evolutionary Anthropology (2), International Journal of Primatology (2), Primates (2), and 1 edited volume (Long-term Field Studies of Primates; 1 chapter) 2010 - 2011
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. American Society of Primatologists; member of the Research and Development Committee; reviewed and rated 14 grants; June 2010 2010 - 2011
Referee review of grant proposals for Leakey Foundation (fall cycle 2009, 1 grant) and Primate Conservation Inc. (fall cycle 2009, 2 grants) 2009 - 2010
Referee review of manuscripts in major journals (Animal Behaviour, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology Sociobiology (2), Folia Primatologica, International Journal of Primatology) and an edited volume (Evolution of primate societies; 1 manuscript) 2009 - 2010
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. American Society of Primatologists; member of the Research and Development Committee; reviewed and rated 14 grants; September 2009 2009 - 2010

University Service

Service Title Date
Departmental Committee Ad hoc committee preparing a Biology and Social Science Cluster proposal 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee ex officio, Teaching Assistant Committee, IDPAS 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee member of the Admissions Committee, IDPAS 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee member of the Admissions Committee, MA program Anthropology 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee search committee interdepartmental search w/ Ecology & Evolution (Human Behavioral Ecologist & Human Geneticist) 2011 - 2012
Other co-chair (w/ JG Fleagle), Anatomical Sciences) of qualifier of Physical Anthropology graduate students, IDPAS 2011 - 2012
Other ex officio, faculty advisor of the Anthropology Club, a club for undergraduate students 2011 - 2012
Other faculty advisor and codirecting (w/ C Borries and D Doran-Sheehy) of BEG (Behavioral Ecology Group), a weekly seminar for undergraduate and graduate students 2011 - 2012
Other Graduate Program Director, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (till July 2011) 2011 - 2012
Other maintaining the web pages of the Department of Antrhopology 2011 - 2012
Other point person implementing a new interdepartmental major in Human Evolutionary Biology 2011 - 2012
Other teaching mentor for David Fernandez (ANP120 Introduction to Biological Anthropology, summer 2011) 2011 - 2012
Other Undergraduate Director, Anthropology (July 2011-May2012 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee ex officio, Executive Committee, IDPAS 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee ex officio, Teaching Assistant Committee, IDPAS 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee member of the Admissions Committee, IDPAS 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee member of the Admissions Committee, MA program Anthropology 2010 - 2011
Other co-organizer and contributor for GRD500 Responsible Conduct of Research (section 08) together w/ GPDs of Ecology & Evolution and Anatomical Sciences; taught one class on Animal Research Ethics 2010 - 2011
Other ex officio, member of the advisory board of the Turkana Basin Institute 2010 - 2011
Other faculty advisor and co-directing (w/ C Borries and D Doran-Sheehy) of BEG (Behavioral Ecology Group), a weekly seminar for undergraduate and graduate students 2010 - 2011
Other Graduate Program Director, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS) 2010 - 2011
Other maintaining the web pages of the Department of Anthropology 2010 - 2011
Other teaching mentor for C Scarry (ANP325 Primate Behavior; spring 2011) 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee ex officio, Executive Committee, IDPAS 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee ex officio, Teaching Assistant Committee, IDPAS 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee member of the Admissions Committee, Anthropology MA Program 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee member of the Admissions Committee, IDPAS 2009 - 2010
Other currently trying to develop a program for graduate student exchange with University of Hamburg, Germany (joint initiative w/ JU Ganzhorn, Hamburg) 2009 - 2010
Other developed an informal seminar for graduate students of the IDPAS, Anthropology, and Anatomical Sciences to deal with questions of research and academia (research design, data analysis & statistics, grants, publications, job search, job interviews & career path); 3 meetings held in spring 2010 and additional 3 meetings are planned for the fall; seminar series will be repeated in 2 year intervals 2009 - 2010
Other Director, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences (IDPAS) 2009 - 2010
Other faculty advisor and co-directing (w/ C Borries and D Doran-Sheehy) of BEG (Behavioral Ecology Group), a weekly seminar of undergraduate and graduate students 2009 - 2010
Other maintaining the web pages of the Department of Anthropology 2009 - 2010
Other member of the advisory board of the Turkana Basin Institute (ex officio, as Director of the IDPAS) 2009 - 2010