- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Position: Emeritus Professor
Title: Eugene Higgins Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Field: Animal behavior & physiology
Office: 401 Guyot Hall
Current research centers on the magnitude and sources of variability in primate life histories, parental care, and behavioral ontogeny. For baboons, we are analyzing sources of variability within groups and examining patterns in their stability among groups and populations and across time. In one series of studies we are interested in the extent to which various life-history and developmental parameters are food-limited. In others, we are examining empirically and theoretically the effects of social structure within groups on demographic processes within and among groups and across generations. Recently, my collaborators and I have been conducting studies that relate endocrine and genetic data to demographic and behavioral information for the same individuals in the Amboseli baboon population.
In studies of monogamous Peromyscus in captivity, we are investigating behavioral causes and consequences of inbreeding depression and of mate choice. Initial studies examined behavioral risk factors and experimentally separated effects of parental and offspring inbreeding on inbreeding depression. Subsequent research has investigated fitness consequences of mate choice and its physiological correlates.