Amber Shaw

I am broadly interested in studying the role of sociality and post-conflict behavior on stress and infectious disease spread. I completed my undergraduate degree at Harvard University in 2021 with a major in Human Evolutionary Biology. I conducted my honors senior thesis with Professor Martin Surbeck on the effects of an infant death on female social relationships in wild bonobos. The results of this paper indicated that mothers with infants may have a preference to bond with one another, highlighting potential strategies by which mothers living in male-philopatric societies may reduce infanticide risk, avoid within-group aggression, and optimize infant development and survival. I am currently studying wild howler monkeys in Paraguay to better understand how lactating females cope with aggression from males and juvenile females.