Research Interests

I am broadly interested in understanding primate responses to fluctuating food availability, particularly from socioecological, endocrine, and morphological perspectives. My dissertation examined the social, ecological, and reproductive consequences of seasonal changes in food availability for Diana monkeys living in Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire. As a postdoctoral research associate at Boston University, I am examining the impact of dramatic fluctuations in food availability on orangutan life history. I am conducting fieldwork on orangutan ecology and behavior and lab analyses of food nutritional content and biomarkers indicative of health and reproductive status. Both projects also incorporate research on oral processing in relation to food mechanical properties, food availability, and dietary. Ultimately, I hope to understand the role ecological uncertainty plays in the evolution and maintenance of primate morphology and social and reproductive strategies.

I am also interested in making biological anthropology and primatology more inclusive and accessible sciences for a diverse group of scientists. In particular, I am focused on improving the field climate for researchers who may experience harassment while conducting fieldwork.

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Sarah