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
The evolution of rhesus macaque canine dimorphism
My dissertation research is focused on understanding the evolution and function of large male canine teeth in rhesus macaques. I am investigating:
1) the function of canine teeth as signals and/or weapons,
2) how canine size is inherited, and
3) if canine size influences reproductive success.
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