The graduate program in biological anthropology at CU Boulder offers training in several areas, including primatology, human biology, and paleoanthropology. We share an interest in human ecology, the broad integrative area of anthropology that focuses on the interactions of culture, biology and the environment. We also share an interest in the processes of globalization, which are rapidly changing many aspects of the modern world. As biological anthropologists, we are well positioned to analyze the impact of globalization on the interaction between biology and behavior, and to analyze human and primate adaptations to changing environments and declining biodiversity. Our faculty research interests include:
We offer training and research opportunities in several laboratories and at several field sites. These include:
Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar (PI: Sauther). Research focuses on understanding how environmental change affects lemur biology, behavior and ecology. A central component of this project is the longitudinal monitoring of an intact lemur community, the forest within which it resides, and the impacts that recent human actions have had on these endangered animals.
For more information see, please visit the Bezà Mahafaly Lemur Biology Project site or find out more on the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve (BMSR), Madagascar page.
KNP is located in western Uganda, in the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountains and is home to the world’s highest abundance of primates and, with 12 sympatric species, one of the most diverse. Since 1991, Lambert and her team have investigated the ecology and biology of redtail monkeys, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, baboons, red colobus monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys and chimpanzees. The focus of this research has been on feeding biology and nutritional ecology, seed dispersal, and community ecology. KNP is a superb location for student training, with housing and laboratory facilities and numerous opportunities for interaction with scientists from around the world.
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We use enzyme immunoassay methods to measure biomarkers in blood, saliva, hair, breast milk, stool, and urine. We also use mid-infrared spectroscopy to measure macronutrients in human breast milk. (Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry, Room 251)
We perform nutritional, mechanical, and isotopic analyses on a broad suite of plant and animal tissues to address questions about the ecology of modern and fossil taxa. (Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry, Room 210). The lab has active projects in South Africa, Kenya, and the USA.
This is for training in human energetics, specifically for measuring human energy expenditure under field conditions. We also have access to the CTRC (Clinical Translational Research Center), a Boulder campus resource for human clinical research.
This is for training on the interface between primate skeletal biology and ecology.