Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology

Catherine Markham

Catherine Markham

As a primate behavioral ecologist, I am interested in how social dynamics vary across the landscape.  By considering the adaptive value of interactions within and between social groups, my work addresses the evolution of complex social systems.  This emphasis extends research on the evolution of group living by explicitly integrating the broader social context arising from direct and indirect interactions across multiple levels of social organization. My current research focuses on maternal behavior and offspring outcomes in wild chimpanzees.  Together with collaborators in Dr. Carson Murray’s lab, I am (1) identifying social and ecological stressors for female chimpanzees and (2) relating maternal stress to offspring stress, health, and development.

Before coming to George Washington University, I earned a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Jeanne Altmann, I examined temporal landscape partitioning among neighboring baboon social groups living in the Amboseli basin of East Africa.  I also hold a MA in Biology from The College of William & Mary, where Dr. Bryan Watts advised me on a study of bald eagle nesting ecology in the lower Chesapeake Bay.

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