Leslie J. Digby

Leslie J. Digby

Associate Professor of the Practice of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
08A Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708-0383
(919) 660-7398


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

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of California - Davis 1994

Digby, L. J. “Social organization in a wild population of Callithrix jacchus: II. Intragroup social behavior.” Primates, vol. 36, no. 3, July 1995, pp. 361–75. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02382859. Full Text

Digby, L. “Infant care, infanticide, and female reproductive strategies in polygynous groups of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus).” Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 37, no. 1, Jan. 1995, pp. 51–61. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF00173899. Full Text

Digby, L. J., and S. F. Ferrari. “Multiple breeding females in free-ranging groups of Callithrix jacchus.” International Journal of Primatology, vol. 15, no. 3, June 1994, pp. 389–97. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02696100. Full Text

Tardif, S., et al. “. Evidence for suppression of ovulation in singly-housed female common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus).” Laboratory Primate Newsletter, vol. 33, no. 2, 1994, pp. 1–4.

Digby, L. J., and C. E. Barreto. “Social organization in a wild population of Callithrix jacchus. I. Group composition and dynamics.Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology, vol. 61, no. 3, Jan. 1993, pp. 123–34. Epmc, doi:10.1159/000156739. Full Text