I am a biological anthropologist and field primatologist and my research focuses on the behavior and ecology of hamadryas baboons at the Filoha field site in Ethiopia's Awash National Park. For over twenty years I have been leading the Filoha Hamadryas Project, which began with my PhD research in 1996-1998, and with collaborators I've 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 among primates in their male dominated multi-level society and their potential to elucidate human social evolution.
Since 2006 I have also helped to coordinate research on chacma baboons in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa. As a founding member of the Baboon Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2006, I've collaborated with researchers at UCT and others on studies of various aspects of chacma baboon behavior and ecology.
I am based at Queens College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, and am a member of the Anthropology, Biology, and Psychology Doctoral Faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. I am also an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town.
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