Larissa Swedell is a biological anthropologist and field primatologist whose research focuses on the behavior and ecology of hamadryas baboons at the Filoha field site in Ethiopia's Awash National Park. She leads the Filoha Hamadryas Project, which began with her PhD research in 1996-1998, and with collaborators has investigated numerous aspects of the ecology and behavior of this species. The Filoha Hamadryas Project is the only currently operational long-term field project focusing on the behavioral biology of hamadryas baboons, which are unique in their male dominated multi-level society and their potential to elucidate human social evolution.
Based at Queens College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, Larissa is also a member of the Anthropology, Biology, and Psychology Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center and is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town.
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