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Frontiers in Baboon Research Symposium

German Primate Center, October 17-20, 2017

The symposium took place at the German Primate Center from October 17-20, 2017. Organised by Julia Fischer and Dietmar Zinner, approx. 50 researchers working on a wide variety of topics in baboon and macaque ecology, behaviour and evolution convened to present and discuss their work in a series of talks, poster presentations and informal discussions. The symposium aimed to facilitate the exchange between traditionally disparate approaches to baboon research to achieve a holistic picture of the interaction between genes and behavior.

The keynote lecture was given by Clifford Jolly (New York University) on the complex phylogenetic history characterized by multiple population expansions and contractions, repeated hybridization and introgression events, and extreme socioecological flexibility. The topics presented in oral presentations ranged from baboon phylogenetics and molecular evolution, to developmental responses to undernutrition, the role of social bonds in baboon societies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in various species of baboons. The symposium closed with two workshop sessions in which “behaviorists” and “geneticists” discussed specific actions to foster continued communication and future collaborations within the wide range of baboon research.

The speakers of the Frontiers in Baboon Research Symposium (Photo: Karin Tilch, DPZ)

Full list of speakers:

  • Susan Alberts (Duke University)
  • Louise Barrett (University of Lethbridge)
  • Alecia Carter (Université de Marseille)
  • Anthony Collins (Gombe Stream Research Station)
  • Robin Dunbar (University of Oxford)
  • Sarah Elton (Durham University)
  • Joël Fagot (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • Maria Joana Ferreira da Silva (Universidade do Porto; Cardiff University)
  • Julia Fischer (German Primate Center)
  • Kurt Hammerschmidt (German Primate Center)
  • Peter Henzi (University of Lethbridge)
  • James Higham (New York University)
  • Clifford Jolly (New York University)
  • Sascha Knauf (German Primate Center)
  • Gisela Kopp (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell; University of Konstanz)
  • Jeffrey Rogers (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • Christian Roos (German Primate Center)
  • Caroline Ross (University of Roehampton)
  • Noah Snyder-Mackler (University of Washington)
  • Joan Silk (Arizona State University)
  • Veronika Städele (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
  • Larissa Swedell (Queens College)
  • Michael Wilson (University of Minnesota)
  • Dietmar Zinner (German Primate Center)


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