I am a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. I am part of the FACEDIFF project team, an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying how facial expressivity affects social relationships in humans and nonhuman primates. Most of my current and past research has been conducted on the rhesus macaque population 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