The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2020)


Session 59. Benefits of Long-term Field Studies of Primates: 30 Years of Research on White-faced Capuchins at Lomas Barbudal, Costa Rica. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Susan E. Perry

April 18, 2020 8 a.m. - noon, Diamond 10 Add to calendar

Long-term field studies of primates provide essential comparative data to biological anthropologists interested in life histories, the evolution of social strategies, phenotypic plasticity, development, and cultural evolution. Field studies are essential for understanding how species respond to the range of ecological circumstances in which they evolved. Long-term studies highlight how rare events impact lifetime reproductive success. These data are critical for understanding human evolution, and capuchins provide a particularly important comparative data point due to their convergent evolution with humans regarding long life spans, slow development, large brain size, omnivory, coalitionary aggression, alloparenting, and frequent employment of social learning. The Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project, now in its 30thyear of operation, has amassed over 108,000 hours of data collection on 704 individual monkeys residing in 12 social groups, accumulating data on behavior, demography, genetic relatedness, personality, and behavioral endocrinology. This collection of talks highlights some of the ways that the Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project data set has contributed to our understanding of cultural evolution, life history evolution, the development of social cognition, and the evolution of behavioral strategies. Another important function of long-term studies such as this one is the opportunities provided for environmental education in primate habitat countries, the training of young scientists, and collaboration with local policy makers regarding conservation efforts. 

1 Add to calendar Life histories of white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus) at Lomas Barbudal Biological Reserve, Costa Rica: Aspects relevant to the evolution of learning strategies. Susan E. Perry, Irene Godoy.
2 Add to calendar The value of long-term research for assessing social and genetic influences on sociality. Irene Godoy, Peter Korsten, Susan E. Perry.
3 Add to calendar Sociality and Longevity in wild white-faced capuchin monkeys. Kotrina Kajokaite, Andrew Whalen, Susan Perry.
4 Add to calendar Innovations, social learning and traditions in white-faced capuchins: experimental and observational approaches. Brendan J. Barrett, Susan E. Perry.
5 Add to calendar “Gargle and Twargle” Vocalizations in Cebus capucinus to Assess Infanticide Risk. Alexa Duchesneau, Daniel G. Edelberg, Susan E. Perry.
6 Add to calendar What age-related changes in response to vocalizations can tell us about the development of social cognition in C. capucinus at Lomas Barbudal. Julie Gros-Louis, Susan Perry.
7 Add to calendar Development of sex differences in play in wild white-faced capuchins. Sasha L. Winkler, Susan E. Perry.
8 Add to calendar In quest of a non-invasive measure of acute stress response: Time-matched fecal glucocorticoids in wild female white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus). Juliane Damm, Colleen M. Gault.
9 Add to calendar The role of long-term studies in education and conservation: The Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project as a case study. Tlaoli Fuentes-Anaya, Susan Perry.