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Dr. Kirk Johnson 
Dean of the College of the Sciences
Dr. Kathleen Barlow 
Department Chair, Anthropology
Dr. Tom Cottrell
Department Chair, Biology
Dr. Stephanie Stein 
Department Chair, Psychology
Ms. Penny Anderson 
Program Secretary, Primate Behavior & Ecology
Primate Behavior Faculty

John Alsonszatai-Petheo, Ph.D.
Professor, Anthropology

General Areas of Interest: Paleoanthropology, evolutionary anthropology, and comparative skeletal anatomy.

Office: Dean 3355;
Office: 963-3549

Matthew Altman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Philosophy

General Areas of Interest:Early modern philosophy (Kant), 19th-century philosophy, ethics and applied ethics (especially environmental ethics), social and political philosophy, philosophy of art, ethics and animals.

Selected Works: 
Kant and Applied Ethics: The uses and Limits of Kant's Practical Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming.

Ethics beyond the Academy: Service-Learning as Professional Development. Teaching Philosophy, forthcoming.

A Companion to Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason". Boulder, col.: Westview, 2008.

The Significance of the Other in Moral Education: Fiche on the Birth of Subjectivity. History of Philosophy Quarterly 25, no. 2 (April 2008): 175-86.

The Self as Creature and Creator: Fiche and Freud Against the Enlightenment (with C. D. Coe).Idealistic Studies 37, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 179-202

The Decomposition of the Corporate Body: What Kant Cannot Contribute to Business Ethics.Journal of Business Ethics 74, no 3 )Sept. 2007): 253-66.

Office: L&L 103B;
Office: 963-1440

Dr. Dan Beck

Professor, Biology 

General Areas of Interest: habitat selection, physiological ecology, foraging behavior, rattlesnake ecology, biology of helodermatid lizards 

Selected Works: 
(Book). University of California Press, Berkeley. Published July 2005. Beck, D. D. 2004. Venomous Lizards of the Desert. Natural History 113(6): 32-37.

Beck, D. D. 2004. Overview of the family Helodermatidae (for varanophiles) and species accounts for Heloderma horridum and Heloderma suspectum. In: E. R. Pianka and D. King: Varanoid Lizards of the World. Indiana University Press.

Beck, D.D. and R.D. Jennings. 2003. Habitat use by Gila monsters: the importance of shelters. Herpetological Monographs 17:112-130.

Gienger, C.M., D.D. Beck, N.C. Sabari and D.L. Stumbaugh. 2002. Dry season habitat use by lizards in a tropical deciduous forest of western Mexico. Journal of Herpetology 36(3):487-490.

Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold

Associate Director, Sign Language and Communications Research Group
Associate Professor, Anthropology

General Areas of Interest: chimpanzee sign language studies; ape behavior, communication, & culture; chimpanzee care & enrichment; non-verbal behavior 

Selected Works: 
Jensvold, M.L., & Fouts, R.S. (2008). Learning from Chimpanzees: Internships at the Chimpanzee & Human Communication Institute. In R. L. Miller, R. F. Rycek, E. Balcetis, S. T. Barney, B. C. Beins, S. R. Burns, R. Smith, & M. E. Ware (Eds.), Developing, promoting, & sustaining the undergraduate research experience in psychology (pp. 172-176). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Website.

Jensvold, M.L. (2007). Promoting positive interactions between chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and caregivers. Laboratory Primate Newsletter, 46, 1-4.

Jensvold, M.L., Field, A., Cranford, J., Fouts, R.S., & Fouts, D.H. (2005). Incidence of wounding within a group of five signing chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Laboratory Primate Newsletter, 44, 5-7.

Jensvold, M.L., Fouts, R.S., & Fouts, D.H. (2004). Assessment of species typical behaviors in captive chimpanzees. Animal Welfare, 13, S245.

Fouts, R.S., & Jensvold, M.L.A. (2002). Armchair delusions vs. empirical realities: A neurological model for the continuity of ape and human languaging. In M. Goodman & A.S. Moffat (Eds.), Probing Human Origins (pp. 87-101). American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Fouts, R.S. Jensvold, M.L.A., & Fouts, D.H. (2002). Chimpanzee signing: Darwinian realities and Cartesian delusions. In M. Bekoff, C. Allen, & G. Burghardt (Eds.). The cognitive animal: Empirical and theoretical perspectives in animal cognition (pp. 285-292). MIT Press.

Jensvold, M.L.A., Sanz, C.M., Fouts, R.S., & Fouts, D.H. (2001). The effect of enclosure size and complexity on the behaviors of captive chimpanzees(Pan troglodytes). Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 4, 53-69.

Jensvold, M.L.A., & Gardner, R.A. (2000). Interactive use of sign language by cross-fostered chimpanzees. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 114, 335-346.

Jensvold, M.L.A., & Fouts, R.S. (1993). Imaginary play in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Human Evolution, 8, 217-227.

Dr. Joseph G. Lorenz 

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

General Areas of Interest: intraspecific genetic variation, molecular phylogenetics, ancient DNA, genotype - phenotype associations, evolutionary anthropology 

Selected Works: 
Dulik, M.C., Lorenz, J.G., and Schurr, T.G. (2008). Hasanlu ancient DNA pilot project. In: Dyson R, de Schaudensee M, eds., Aspects of Peoples and Crafts in Period IVB at Hasanlu, Iran. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum Press.

Kemp, B.M., Malhi, R.S., McDonough, J., Bolnick, D.A., Eshleman, J.A., Rickards, O., Martinez-Labarga, C. Johnson, J.R., Lorenz, J.G., Dixon, E.J., Fifield, T.E., Heaton, T.H., Worl, R., and Smith, D.G. (2007). Genetic analysis of early Holocene skeletal remains from Alaska and its implications for the settlement of the Americas. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 132(4):605-21.

Scheinfeldt, L. Friedlaender, F., Friedlaender, J., Latham, K., Koki, G., Karafet, T., Hammer, M., and Lorenz, J.G.(2007). Y Chromosome Variation in Island Melanesia. IN: Population Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific: A Synthesis (J.S. Friedlaender, ed.) Oxford University Press.

Johnson, J.R. and Lorenz, J.G. (2006). Genetics, Linguistics, and Prehistoric Migrations: An Analysis of California Indian mtDNA Lineages. Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 26(1): 33-64.

Lorenz, J.G., Long, J.C., Linnoila, M., Goldman, D., Suomi, S.J., and Higley, J.D.. (2006) Genetic and other contributions to alcohol intake in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Mar, 30(3):389-98.

Lorenz, J.G., Jackson, W.E., Beck, J.C., and Hanner, R.. (2005). The problems and promise of DNA barcodes for species diagnosis of primate biomaterials. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. B. 360(1462): 1869-1877.

Dr. Lori K. Sheeran

Professor, Anthropology

General Areas of Interest: primate behavior and conservation (particularly gibbons), biological anthropology 

Selected Works: 
Ruesto, L.A., Sheeran, L.K., Matheson., Li, J.H., Wagner, R.S. (2010). Tourist behavior and decibel levels correlate with threat frequency in Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana) at Mt. Huangshan, China. Primate Conservation 2010 (25): Published electronically prior to print publication [September 2010].

Sheeran, L.K. (2010) Lack of seasonal influence on duet durations in black gibbons (Nomascus concolor jingdongensis). In: Collected Readings in Biological Anthropology in Honor of Professor LS Penrose and Dr. Sahrah B. Holt, Sudip Datta Banak (ed.). Unas Letras Industria Editorial, Merida, Yucata, pp. 359-367.

Sheeran, L.K., Matheson, M.D., Li, J.H., Wagner, R.S. (2009). Sequences of Tibetan macaque (Macaca thibetana) behaviors and tourist behaviors at Mt. Huangshan, China. Primate Conservation. 24:145-151.

McCarthy, M.S., Matheson, M.D., Sheeran, L.K., Lester, J. D., Li, J.H., & Wagner, R.S. (2007). Sequences of Tibetan macaque behaviors and tourist behaviors at Mt. Huangshan, China. American Journal of Primatology, 69(Suppl.1), 42.

Jensvold, M.L., & Sheeran, L.S. (2006). Ape cognition. In H. J. Birx (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Matheson, M.D., Sheeran, L.K., Li, J.H., & Wagner, R.S. (2006). Tourist impact on Tibetan Macaques. Anthrozoös, 19, 158-168.

Mootnick, A.R., Baker, E., Sheeran, L.K. (2005) Familiarity during immaturity: Implications for the captive propagation of gibbons. International Journal of Primatology. 26(6):1417-1433.

Galdikas, B.M.F., Briggs, N., Sheeran, L.K., Shapiro, G.L., and Goodall, J. (co-editors) (2001) All Apes Great and Small, Volume I: African Apes. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects, Russell H. Tuttle series editor. New York: Kluwer Publishers. 298 pages.

Dr. Lixing Sun

Professor, Biology & Ecology

General Areas of Interest: ecology and evolution of animal behavior (especially communication systems), chemical ecology 

Selected Works: 
Zhang, J., L. Sun, H. A. Soini, K. E. Bruce, D. Wiesler, M. V. Novotny. (in press). Cat Odour Enhances Aggressiveness, Social Rank, and Sex Pheromones of Male Mice. Journal of Chemical Ecology.

Li, J., L. Sun & H. Yin. (in press) Male Dominance, Mate Competition and Mate Choice in the Tibetan Macaque at Huangshan, China. American Journal of Primatology.

Zhang, J., L. Sun, M. Novotny. 2007. Mice respond differently to urine and its major volatile constituents from male and female ferrets. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 603-612.

Liu, J., Y. Chen, L. Guo, B. Gu, H. Liu, A. Hou, X. Liu, L. Sun, D. Liu. 2006. Stereotypic behavior and fecal cortisol level in captive giant pandas in relation to environmental enrichment. Zoo Biology 25: 445-459

Buchan, A., L. Sun & S. Wagner. 2005 Using alpha numeric fluorescent tags for easy individual identification of amphibians. Herpetological Review 36:43-44

Müller-Schwarze, D. & L. Sun. 2003. The Beaver: Natural History of a Wetlands Engineer. Cornell University Press, 190 pp.

Dr. Steve Wagner

Associate Professor, Biology 

General Areas of Interest: conservation population genetics, herpetology, molecular evolution 

Selected Works: 
Miller, M., S. Haig, R.S. Wagner. (in press) Spatial phylogeographical and regional demography in the Southern torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus): implications for conservation and management. Journal of Heredity.

Matheson, M., L. Sheeran, R.S. Wagner. (2006) Tourist impact on Tibetan macaques. Anthrozoos 19(2):159-167.

Wagner, R.S., M. Miller, S. Haig. (2006) Phylogeography and genetic identification of newly-discovered populations of torrent salamanders (Rhyacotriton cascadae and R. variegatus) in the Central Cascades (USA). Herpetologica 62: 63-70.

Wagner, R.S. (2005) Taxonomy and Genetic Diversity. In: Northwestern Amphibians (L. Jones, W. Leonard, and D. Olson eds). Seattle Audobon Society, Seattle WA

Wagner, R.S., C. Crisafulli, M. Miller and S.M. Haig. (2005) Geographic variation, genetic structure and conservation unit designation in the Larch mountain salamander (Plethodon larselli). Canadian Journal of Zoology 83: 1-12.

Miller, M. , S.M. Haig, R.S. Wagner. (2005) Conflicting patterns of genetic structure produced by nuclear and mitochondrial markers in the Oregon slender salamander (Batrachoseps wrighti): implications for conservation efforts and species management. Conservation Genetics 6:275-287.


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