Nicole Furgala

I am interested in the evolutionary origins of social cognition using interdisciplinary methods in evolutionary anthropology and comparative cognition. By adapting socio-cognitive experiments to the field, my research will investigate how capuchin monkeys acquire and utilize social information under ecologically relevant conditions. In doing so, I aim to explore the evolution of Theory of Mind […]

Giuliana Centofanti

I am interested in sociality and development in wild chimpanzees, specifically within the mother-infant context. During my graduate studies, I plan to study orphan outcomes and adoption as part of a larger project on sociality and variation in development. I am particularly interested in quantifying outcomes of development by directly and indirectly measuring fitness. Creating […]

Bre Myers

I’m interested in behavioral strategies that may influence infection risk or severity of disease in African great apes, such as avoiding other individuals or groups, avoiding contaminants, and ingestion of plants or other substances that mitigate the risk and/or symptoms of infection. I would like to explore this through the lens of life history and […]

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 […]