Erin E. Kane, PhD

Primate socioecology, endocrinology, and morphology


I am an anthropological primatologist whose work focuses broadly on primate feeding ecology. My research examines the impacts of resource distribution on primate socioecology, life history, and community ecology by synthesizing observational research on wild primates with non-invasive laboratory methods and analysis of skeletal and dental morphology.

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’ feeding 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.

Adult female orangutan eating Tetramistera fruit in Gunung Palung National Park
Adult female Diana monkey in Tai National Park, Cote d’Ivoire.