Corinna A Most

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology

I study the development of social behavior and the acquisition of social skills in wild olive baboons in Laikipia, Kenya. In particular, I investigate the effects of maternal behavior and of relationships between infants and individuals other than the mother on infant development. As a behavioral ecologist, I'm also interested in how environmental changes in the area – specifically the spread of an invasive plant species that has become a favorite baboon food - influence patterns of female reproduction, maternal behavior, and infant development. Finally, as a biological anthropologist, I use methods and theories from human development research to draw comparisons between the processes observed in baboons and those present in our own species.

Area of Expertise: 
Primate Behavioral Ecology
Education: 
Ph.D. Biological Anthropology, UC San Diego, 2018
M.A. Biological Anthropology, UC San Diego, 2012
B.Sc. Human Sciences, University College London, 2009
Contact
131 Bessey Hall, 2200 Osborn Dr
Ames
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50011-4009