I received my Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Boston University in 2013. My research, conducted using data from captive apes, focuses on how ovarian steroid levels change with age and examines the effect that these reproductive hormones have on female attractivity, receptivity, and proceptivity (i.e. mating behaviors). Results from these investigations are contributing to a better understanding of the evolution of great ape life history patterns, particularly the periods of reproductive maturation and senescence, and providing insight into the evolutionary history and adaptive significance of ‘concealed’ ovulation.
My other interests include stress physiology, great ape cognition, and primate conservation.
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