Erin E. Kane, PhD

Primate socioecology, endocrinology, and morphology


I am an anthropological primatologist who is broadly interested in understanding primate responses to fluctuating food availability, particularly from socioecological, endocrine, and morphological perspectives.

I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at Boston University, working with Dr. Cheryl Knott on a project examining life history influences on orangutan feeding ecology in Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, with an emphasis on nutritional and endocrine analysis. I am also examining the relationship between orangutans’ feedinge ecology, food mechanical properties, and oral processing behavior.

My dissertation research focused on the behavioral, dietary, and reproductive strategies that allow female Diana monkeys (Cercopithecus diana) in Côte d’Ivoire’s Taï National Park to maintain a fruit-rich diet year round with minimal intragroup competition.