Seminar Series

Evolutionary Anthropology Talk Series (EATS)

EATS is the Evolutionary Anthropology department's weekly seminar. We host a mix of external faculty and student invited speakers, and also showcase the work of our own students and faculty. Check out previous EATS talks here!

Location: 013 Bio Sci
Time: 11:45 am–12:45 pm

There are no upcoming seminars at this time.

Spring 2015

January 9 – Gabe Yapuncich, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Allometry of Articular Surfaces in the Primate Ankle

January 16 – Dr. Nate Dominy, Associate Professor, Dartmouth Anthropology
Evolution of the Human Pygmy Phenotype

January 30 – Noah Snyder-Mackler, EVANTH Postdoc, Duke
Chronic Social Stress and the Genome

February 6 – Dr. Julie Teichroeb, EVANTH Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke
The Role of Competition on Individual Routing Decisions: Lessons from Foraging Experiments on Wild Vervets​

February 13 – Angel Zeininger, EVANTH Postdoctoral Associate, Duke
Development of Heel-strike in Humans and African apes: Implications for Reconstructing Foot Posture in Fossil Hominins

February 20 – Dr. Rob Boyd, Professor, Arizona State Anthropology

February 27 – Dr. Andreas Koenig, Professor, SUNY-Stony Brook Anthropology
Agonism and dominance hierarchies among female primates: implications for socio-ecological models

March 6 – Caroline Rusk, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke

March 20 – Kara Walker, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke

April 3 – Beth Shapiro, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz

Fall 2014

September 5 – Chris Krupenye, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Triadic Awareness and its Benefits in Wild Chimpanzees

September 12 – Joseph Feldblum, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Male Chimpanzee Aggression and Affiliation in Gombe National Park

September 19 – Dr. Tom Rein, Tubingen
The Anthropoid Primate Ulna and Suspensory Locomotion

October 3 – Dr. Greg Wray, Professor, Biology, Duke
Evolving A Large Brain: Not so Easy

October 17 – Dr. Michael Muehlenbein, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Indiana University
Primate Tourism

October 24 – Dr. Michael Wilson, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Minnesota
What Can Studies of Chimpanzees Tell Us About Human Warfare?

October 31 – Chase Nunez, UPE, Grad Student, Duke
Offspring of Primiparous Mothers Do Not Experience Higher Mortality or Poorer Growth: Revisiting the Conventional Wisdom with Archival Records of Rhesus Macaques

November 7 – Dr. Callum Ross, Professor, Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

November 14 – Dr. Luis Barreiro, Assistant Professor, University of Montreal
Decoding the Evolutionary History of African Rainforest Hunter-Gatherers and Agriculturalist Populations

November 21 – Dr. Athena Aktipis, Director, University of California-San Francisco
From Human sharing to Multicellularity: The Evolution of Resource Transfers and Economic Cheating

December 5 – Dr. Bert Covert, Professor, Dept of Anthropology, University of Colorado,br /> Conservation Planning for the Indochinese Silvered Langur in Southwestern Vietnam

December 12 – Dr. Rich Kay, EVANTH Professor, Duke
Biogeography in deep time – What do Phylogenetics, Geology, and Paleoclimate Tell Us About Early Platyrrhine Evolution?

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

August 30 – India Schneider-Crease, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Drivers of Parasite Infection in Theropithecus

September 6 – Thomas Gillespie, Associate Professor, Emory University
Health and the Future of the Gombe Chimpanzees: Eco-Epidemiology of Zoonotic Disease

September 20 – Dr. Daniel Schmitt, Professor & Gross Anatomy Course Professor, Duke
Screeching to a Halt (safely) in the Trees: Deceleration Drives Body Shape in Primates

September 27 – Dr. Christine Drea, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke
Making Mean Mammals: A "Meerkat Mannor" Miniseries

October 4 – Dr. Christopher Kirk, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas
Ears and Eyes in Primate Evolution

October 18 – Emily Boehm, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke

October 25 – Dr. PJ Perry, Assistant Professor, Penn State
Conservation and extinction genomics of Malagasy lemurs: anthropogenic effects

November 1 – Dr. Kenneth Glander, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke
The Secret Life of Lemurs

November 8 – Dr. Derek Wildman, Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University
Molecular Phylogeny and the Evolution of Primate Phenotypes

November 15 – Sarah Zohdy, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Emory University

November 22 – Bill Sanders, University of Michigan

December 6 – Dr. Peter Ellison, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
Brains, Birth, and Human Reproductive Ecology

December 13 – Dr. Dorothy Cheney, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
How to win friends and influence fitness: Lessons from female baboons

Spring 2013

January 18 – Michael Granatosky, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Gait mechanics of inverted walking: implications for the evolution of suspensory locomotion

January 25 – Jingzhi Tan, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Do bonobos yawn with strangers?

February 8 – Susan Anton, Professor of Anthropology, New York University
The origin and evolution of early Homo: from bones to behavior

February 22 – Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology, Yale University
"The evolutionary origins of sharing minds: some hints and new questions from monkeys"
(co-sponsored with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences)

March 8 – Susanne Shultz, Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Manchester
Primate social and cognitive evolution: bringing the past to life with phylogenetic inference

March 15 – Thierry Smith, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Early Eocene primate fossils and biogeography

March 22 – Jessica Rothman, Assistant Professor, Hunter College-CUNY
Nutritional balancing acts: new insights into the feeding ecology of African primates

April 5 – Chris Krupenye, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Ape social awareness and the evolution of intelligence

April 18 – Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Professor of Anthropology, University of California-Davis
Responding to inequality: the erosion of cooperation and kinship in Mpimbwe
(co-sponsored with the Duke Population Research Institute)

April 26 – Amanda Lea, Duke University Program in Ecology Grad Student
Long-term effects of early experience in a wild primate

May 3 – Emily Boehm, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Sexual receptivity outside the fertile window: reproductive strategies in wild female chimpanzees

May 10 – Tom Struhsaker, Adjunct Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke
Social relations between species: the pros and cons

Fall 2012

September 14 – Noah Snyder-Mackler, EVANTH Postdoc, Duke
Kinship in the multi-level society of geladas

September 21 – Aaron Sandel, Grad Student, University of Michigan Anthropology
Questioning the social brain hypothesis: taking intraspecific variation into account in a phylogenetic comparative analysis

September 28 – Erik Seiffert, Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences, SUNY-Stony Brook
Rethinking early primate evolution in Afro-Arabia

October 5 – Doug Boyer, Assistant Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke
How ankle bones reveal that early primates were slow

October 19 – Ken Glander, Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke
Are we looking for light in all the wrong places? The role of color vision in primates

October 26 – Denise Su, Curator, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
From bones to habitats: reconstructing the paleoecology of early hominins

November 8 – Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Till death (or an intruder) do us part: intense intra-sexual competition and aggression in sexually monomorphic owl monkeys of Argentina

November 9 – Claudia Valeggia, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
The endocrinology of life-history transitions among the Toba of Argentina

November 16 – Maxx Toler, EVATH Grad Student, Duke
The kinetics of gnawing and the energetics of feeding on structurally defended foods

November 30 – Marisa Macias, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Size, shape, and time in the primate upper limb

December 7 – Chet Sherwood, Associate Professor of Anthropology, George Washington University
Evolution of the neocortex in apes and humans
(co-sponsored with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences)

December 14 – Kari Allen, EVANTH Grad Student, Duke
Scaling and phylogenetic properties of brain shape in primates