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(509) 963-2803

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Dr. Matthew Altman
Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies


Interests & Expertise: Applied ethics (including environmental ethics and animal ethics), philosophy of law, history of philosophy

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Dr. J. Hope Amason
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies
Director, Museum of Culture and Environment


Interests & Expertise: Political economy and globalization, politics of representation, race, class, and gender, museums, memorials, and heritage sites, tourism studies, Appalachia, US South

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Dr. Clay Arango
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences/Environmental Studies


Interests & Expertise: Stream ecosystem ecology, nitrogen cycling, human-ecosystem interactions

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Dr. Kathleen Barlow
Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies


Interests & Expertise: Learning and culture, childhood, psychological anthropology, museum anthropology, symbolism, gender, art and aesthetics, material culture, regional ethnography, Melanesia, Oceania, United States

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Dr. April Binder
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
Director, Primate Behavior and Ecology Program


Interests & Expertise: Hormones and enviromental changes, specifically focused on reproductive biology and analysis of biological samples in the laboratory

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Dr. Kara Gabriel
Professor, Psychology


Interests & Expertise: Conservation psychology, evolutionary psychology, visitor effects, enrichment, and human-primate interactions

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Dr. Ralf Greenwald
Associate Professor, Psychology


Interests & Expertise: Cognitive brain dynamics, event-related potentials, teaching pedagogy, general cognitive psychology, working memory, music cognition, psychology of video gaming

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Dr. Nicole Jastremski
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies


Interests & Expertise: Biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, mortuary analysis, paleopathology, taphonomy, identity formation, Ecuador

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Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold
Senior Lecturer, Anthropology and Museum Studies


Interests & Expertise: Chimpanzee sign language studies, ape behavior, communication, culture, chimpanzee care & enrichment, non-verbal behavior

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Dr. Jessica Mayhew
Associate Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies
Director, Primate Behavior and Ecology Program


Interests & Expertise: Biological anthropology, primate social behavior, play behavior, primate socio-cognition, ethnoprimatology, large-bodied apes, Macaca spp.

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J.B. Mulcahy, M.S.
Lecturer, Anthropology and Museum Studies


Interests & Expertise: Captive primate welfare, environmental enrichment, chimpanzee behavior

Website: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest

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Dr. Mary Radeke
Associate Professor, Psychology


Interests & Expertise: Use of facial cues in emotion and personality assessment, conversation development in young children, personality traits, technology in the classroom, primate communication, eye tracking and Facial Action Unit Coding laboratory

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Dr. Rodrigo Rentería-Valencia
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies


Interests & Expertise: Environmental anthropology, linguistic anthropology, semiotics, visual anthropology, ritual and performance theory, human geography, maritime anthropology, indigenous studies. Ethnographic specialization: the Greater Southwest (including northern Mexico)

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Dr. Lori Sheeran
Professor, Anthropology and Museum Studies


Interests & Expertise: Biological anthropology, macaques and their interactions with people, primate conservation, primate social behavior, Asian primates (particularly species in China and Bhutan)

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Dr. Lixing Sun
Professor, Biological Sciences 


Interests & Expertise: Ecology and evolution of animal behavior (especially communication systems), primatology


Staff and Administrators

Dr. April Binder, Program Director, Primate Behavior and Ecology, Science Building 236J or Dean 370,
(509) 963-2803,

Ms. Penelope Anderson, Secretary Senior, Anthropology, Dean Hall 357,
(509) 963-3201,

Dr. Holly Pinkart, Chair, Biological Sciences, Science Building 338A,
(509) 963-2710,

Dr. Patrick Lubinski, Chair, Anthropology & Museum Studies, Dean Hall 338,
(509) 963-3601,

Dr. Heidi Perez, Interim Chair, Psychology, Psychology Building 436,
(509) 963-2328,

Dr. Tim Englund, Dean, College of the Sciences, Dean Hall 130,
(509) 963-3678,

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