Sarah Kovalaskas

I have broad interests in the evolution of primate social behavior, especially as it relates to the origins of human cognition and culture. Over the past ten years, I have been involved in research with humans and several different primate species including Bolivian gray-eared titi monkeys (Callicebus donacophilus) in Bolivia, bonobos (Pan paniscus) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Leveraging my past experience in behavioral endocrinology and fieldwork in bonobo social behavior and ecology, my dissertation research investigates the evolutionary processes and underlying mechanisms supporting cooperative behaviors in during intergroup encounters in wild white-faced capuchin monkeys. 

Prior to joining the Emory Anthropology department, I completed an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a minor in Religion at Florida State University.