I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at New York University. I am interested in the evolution of sexually-selected traits in primates and other mammals. Most of my current research is conducted on the rhesus macaques from Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, one of the longest-running primate field sites in the world.
The smaller of the two islands that comprise Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico
New York University
George Washington University
Male-male competition and sexual dimorphism in rhesus macaques
My PhD dissertation research is focused on understanding the selective mechanisms underlying the maintenance of sexual dimorphism in body mass and canine size in rhesus macaques. I am investigating:
1) the function of canine teeth and body size as signals and/or weapons,
2) how wounding rates relate to male reproductive strategies, and
3) age-specific selection on male body mass.
Male-male competition, sexual dimorphism and alternative reproductive strategies in a non-human primate: A morphological approach
Analyses of hylobatid dental variation
Many thanks to the following organizations for supporting my research!
The Leakey Foundation
National Science Foundation
American Society of Primatologists