Cabrillo College

Anthropology

Sustainability

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Research Interests
Projects
ANTHR1
Biological Anthro.
ANTHR1L
Bio. Anthro. Lab
ANTHR2
Cultural Anthro.
ANTHR19G
Sustainable Cultures

Links
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Contact me if you want to talk about my interests or projects.
What's on my mind lately? Have a look at my personal blog.

General Research Interests:

Sustainability: finding solutions for the continuing co-existence of humans and other life on this planet.

Primate Behavior

    • social learning
    • tool use
    • cognition
    • communication 

Evolutionary Theory 

Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) Download a 2MB video of an orangutan at Suaq Balimbing making and using a feeding tool. Read or listen to a recent NPR Radio Expidition to Leuser Ecosystem (where I worked) and learn about the orangutan conservation work of my friend Dr. Ian Singleton, and the earlier report about the orangutan cultures work I and my colleagues reported in the journal Science. My entire dissertation is available as PDF files here.

Bonobos (Pan paniscus, a.k.a. pygmy chimpanzees) (photos by F.J. White) .

Early Hominids and Human Origins

 

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"I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it the right way, did not become still more complicated." --Poul Anderson

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Current Projects

Teaching introductory Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Sustainability courses.

Working on the GreenSteps campaign with the Cabrillo Climate Initiative Task Force, advising the Cabrillo Sustainability Council student club, supervising students working on the Cabrillo Sustainability Assessment, and participating in the Cabrillo College Sustainability Alliance.

Working on an Ecological Literacy graduation requirement and/or certificate program and/or developing a multidisciplinary Environmental Studies program at Cabrillo College.

Participating in the ongoing Sustainability Curriculum Working Group at UC Santa Cruz.

Developing curricula, teaching and consulting on sustainable technology, evolutionary biology and ecological and social systems such as the Sim-Bio-Sys: Simulating Biological Systems workshop and ANTHR 19G: Surviving the Future: The (Re)emergence of Sustainable Cultures

 

Previous Projects

My entire dissertation is available as PDF files here.

Tool use by orangutans and other non-human primates. Download a 2MB video of an orangutan at Suaq Balimbing making and using a feeding tool, or see a Windows Media file of orangutans.

The origins of culture, social transmission of information, and interpopulation variation in the great apes. You can listen to a report about the orangutan cultures work I and my colleagues reported in the journal Science, or read about cultural variation in the chimpanzee.

Field studies of orangutans in Indonesia. Click here to see more about the Suaq Balimbing Research Station.

Working on the Curriculum and Research Track Program Committee for the Seventh Annual UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference.

Cooperative behavior and alliances between unrelated individuals in non-human primates and other mammals.

The evolution of infanticidal behavior in female mammals.

Teaching Evolutionary Biology, Primate Biology and introductory Biological Anthropology courses.

Replication Coordinator for the Digtial Bridge Academy.

Field studies of bonobos at Lomako Forest, Equateur, Zaire.

Field studies of elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) at Año Nuevo, California.

 

I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy at Duke University. My entire dissertation is available as PDF files here.

Contact me if you want to talk about my interests or projects.

Links to information on primates and evolutionary biology.

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Last modified 24-Jan-2011

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