Leslie J. Digby
Associate Professor of the Practice
My research focuses on the behavior and ecology of non-human primates, including how primates balance cooperation and competition in their breeding strategies. In addition, I examine how animals mitigate the costs of temperature extremes through behavior and the use of microhabitats. Our results help us better understand the vulnerabilities of species facing more extreme weather fluctuations.
General Research Interests include:
Evolution of Primate & Human Social Behavior
Primate Behavioral Ecology
Mammalian Reproductive Strategies, Mating Systems, and Infanticide
Primate Microhabitat Use
Primate Behavioral Thermoregulation
Marmosets and Tamarins
Digby, LJ. "Activity and ranging patterns in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus): implications for reproductive strategies." Adaptive Radiations of Neotropical Primates. Ed. M Norconk, A Rosenberger, and P Garber. Springer Science & Business Media, June 28, 2011. 175-185. (Chapter)
Digby, LJ, Ferrari, SF, and Saltzman, W. "The role of competition in cooperatively breeding species." Primates in Perspective. Ed. C Campbell, A Fuentes, KC MacKnight, M Panger, and S Bearder. Oxford: Oxford University Press, USA, 2011. 91-107. (Chapter)
Digby, LJ, and Saltzman, W. "Balancing cooperation and competition in callitrichine primates: examining the relative risk of infanticide across species." The Smallest Anthropoids The Marmoset/Callimico Radiation. Ed. S Ford, L Porter, and L Davis. Springer Science & Business Media, August 29, 2009. 135-154. (Chapter)
Abbott, DH, Digby, L, and Saltzman, W. "Reproductive skew in female common marmosets: Contributionsof infanticide and subordinate self-restraint." Reproductive Skew in Vertebrates: Proximate and Ultimate Causes. January 1, 2009. 337-368. Full Text
Digby, LJ. "Infanticide by female mammals: implications for the evolution of social systems." Infanticide by Males and Its Implications. Cambridge University Press, November 2, 2000. 423-446. (Chapter)
Digby, LJ. "Cooperative Breeding." International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Ed. A Fuentes. Wiley Blackwell. (Chapter)
Saltzman, W, Digby, LJ, and Abbott, DH. "Reproductive skew in female common marmosets: What can proximate mechanisms tell us about ultimate causes?." Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276.1656 (2009): 389-399. Full Text
Digby, L, and Stevens, AM. "Maintenance of female dominance in blue-eyed black lemurs (Eulemur macaco flavifrons) and gray bamboo lemurs (Hapalemur griseus griseus) under semi-free-ranging and captive conditions." Zoo Biology 26.5 (2007): 345-361. Full Text
Digby, LJ, and Kahlenberg, SM. "Female dominance in blue-eyed black lemurs(Eulemur macaco flavifrons)." Primates 43.3 (July 2002): 191-199.
Nievergelt, CM, Digby, LJ, Ramakrishnan, U, and Woodruff, DS. "Genetic analysis of group composition and breeding system in a wild common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) population." International Journal of Primatology 21.1 (2000): 1-20. Full Text
Archie, EA, and Digby, LJ. "Juvenile dominance in Eulemur macaco flavifrons: the influence of sex and maternal rank." Folia Primatol (Basel) 70.5 (September 1999): 277-281.
Digby, LJ. "Targeting aggression in blue-eyed black lemurs (Eulemur macaco flavifrons)." Primates 40.4 (1999): 613-617.
Digby, LJ. "Sexual behavior and extragroup copulations in a wild population of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)." Folia Primatol (Basel) 70.3 (1999): 136-145.
Digby, LJ, and Barreto, CE. "Vertebrate predation in common marmosets." Neotropical Primates 6.4 (1998): 124-126. (Academic Article)
Digby, LJ, Ferrari, SF, and Castro, AAJF. "Preliminary records of common marmosets in the Parque Nacional de Sete Cidades, Piauí, Brazil." Neotropical Primates 4.2 (1996): 53-55. (Academic Article)
Ferrari, SF, and Digby, LJ. "Wild Callithrix groups: Stable extended families?." American Journal of Primatology 38.1 (1996): 19-27.
Schneider-Crease, IA, Schopler, R, and Digby, LJ. "Cross-species parasite patterns: Pinworm prevalence in captive lemurs." 2013.
Digby, L, and King, L. "Social learning in the ring-tailed lemur." 2011.
Digby, LJ, Haley, M, Schneider, AC, and del Valle, I. "Sensorimotor intelligence in aye-ayes and other lemurs: A puzzle box approach." June 2008.
Digby, LJ. "Marmosets: Cooperative breeders or fierce competitors?." June 2007.
Digby, LJ, and Barreto, CE. "Activity and ranging patterns in common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) - Implications for reproductive strategies." 1996.