Larissa SwedellLarissa Swedell      Ph.D, Columbia University 2000
  • Professor, Department of Anthropology, Queens College
  • Doctoral Faculty, City University of New York
  • Honorary Research Associate, University of Cape Town

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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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Research Interests:
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Sexual Selection & Sexual Conflict
  • Evolution of Social Behavior
  • Primate Reproductive Strategies
  • Primate Behavioral Ecology
  • Human Social Evolution

Courses at QC:
  • Introduction to Human Evolution (102)
  • Essentials of Biological Anthropology (260) 
  • Introduction to the Primates (262)
  • Evolution and Human Behavior (368)
  • Primate Behavior and Ecology (369)
  • The Human-Primate Interface (375)

Courses at CUNY Graduate Center
  • Primate Behavioral Biology (NYCEP)
  • Professional Development Seminar (NYCEP) 
  • Sexual Selection Graduate Seminar
  • Primates as Models for Human Evolution Graduate Seminar

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