Dr. Christine Webb
College Fellow (Starting Spring 2019)
It has been said that conflict among monkeys, people, and even entire groups or nations follows a certain dynamic that is universal, and so is its resolution (Natural Conflict Resolution). I'm interested in exploring these underlying dynamics -- particularly when it comes to conflict resolution strategies like reconciliation -- across multiple study systems including humans, chimpanzees, and baboons. My most recent research centers on consolation, which is considered a key behavioral marker of socio-emotional capacities like empathy. More specifically, I'm interested in comparative developmental approaches to the study of consolation behavior, results of which often challenge prevailing assumptions about the expression of empathy across species. Simultaneously, I have a deep and growing passion for animal ethics, human-animal relations, and the role of ethology (and science more broadly) in the animal turn.