This comprehensive introductory text integrates evolutionary, ecological, and demographic perspectives with new results from field studies and contemporary noninvasive molecular and hormonal techniques to understand how different primates behave and the significance of these insights for primate conservation. Each chapter is organized around the major research themes in the field, with Strier emphasizing the interplay between theory, observations, and conservation issues. Examples are drawn from the "classic" primate field studies as well as more recent studies, including many previously neglected species, to illustrate the vast behavioral variation that exists across the primate order. Primate Behavioral Ecology 6th Edition integrates the impacts of anthropogenic activities on primate populations, including zoonotic disease and climate change, and considers the importance of behavioral flexibility for primate conservation. This fully updated new edition brings exciting new methods, theoretical perspectives, and discoveries together to provide an incomparable overview of the field of primate behavioral ecology and its applications to primate conservation. It is considered to be a "must read" for all students interested in primates.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to Primate Studies
Chapter 2. Traits, Trends, and Taxonomy
Chapter 3. Primates Past to Present
Chapter 4. Evolution and Social Behavior
Chapter 5. Evolution and Sex
Chapter 6. Food and Foraging
Chapter 7. Female Strategies
Chapter 8. Male Strategies
Chapter 9. Developmental Stages through the Life Span
Chapter 10. Communication and Cognition
Chapter 11. Community Ecology
Chapter 12. Conservation
Karen B. Strier is a Vilas Research Professor and the Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology and an Affiliate Professor of Integrated Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been teaching since 1989. Her main research interests are to understand the behavioral ecology of primates from a comparative perspective, and to contribute to conservation efforts on their behalf.