Evolutionary Anthropology, WSU; BS in Anthropology and Biology, U of Southern California, 2006
Using evolutionary modeling to understand the origins and development of culture, the phylogenetics/phylogeography of neotropical primates, health implications of human-primate interactions, and conservation issues. I am currently focusing on the effects of tourism and development on the behavior, health and evolution of capuchin monkeys, Cebus capucinus, in Central Pacific Costa Rica. I have completed pilot research on behavioral differences in capuchins living in tourist regions as part of the IPEM team project. I am in the process of doing microsatellite genetic analyses of capuchin phylogeography in Costa Rica as a part of the IPEM team project. I will be returning to UCIMED in Costa Rica during Fall 2007 to analyze fecal parasites of white-faced capuchins in the Manuel Antonio area, comparing a group living in an agricultural region with one living in a highly touristed national park. I will be beginning a second field season at this site in January 2008, continuing genetic and parasite analyses and focusing on a behavioral analysis of the sex/age class differences in ecologically based aggression.