Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Katharine Jack

Professor - Anthropology, Director - Environmental Studies

Contact Info

Department Affiliation

  • B.S., University of Calgary, Physical Anthropology, 1992
  • M.A., University of Calgary, Physical Anthropology (Primatology), 1995
  • Ph.D., Physical Anthropology (Primatology), University of Alberta, 2001
Academic Experience
  • Director, Environmental Studies Program, Tulane University, 2017-
  • Professor, Tulane University, 2016-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2009-2016
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2003-2009
  • Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University, 2001-2003
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, 2001
  • Sessional Instructor, University of Calgary, 1996-2001

Research & Teaching Specializations: Physical Anthropology, Primatology, Primate Behavioral ecology and conservation, Costa Rica

Related Experience
  • Reviewer for the American Journal of Primatology, Folia Primatolgica, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Behaviour, Current Biology, Primates, Environmental Anthropology, the Leakey Foundation, and Primate Conservation Incorporated
  • Principal Investigator, MHCs, mate choice and dispersal decisions in wild Cebus capucinus, Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, 2011-
  • Co-Principal Investigator/Co-Director, on-going study (began in 1983) of the life history, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology of white-face capuchins in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, 2004
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Life history and behavioral ecology of male white-faced capuchins in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, 2005-
  • Prinicipal Investigator, Conservation status of cebus albifrons aequatorialis in a tropical dry forest in coastal Ecuador, 2002-2006
  • Principal Investigator, Census of Cebus albifrons and Alauatta palliata populations in the tropical dry forests of central coastal Ecuador, 2002
  • Co-Prinicpal Investigator, Long-term analysis of the effects of forest conservation and regeneration on white faced capuchin and mantled howler monkey populations in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica, 1983-
  • Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation Grant, 2016-2018
  • Leakey Foundation Grant, 2016-2018
  • National Geographic Society Grant, 2016-2018
  • National Academy of Science and Keck Futures Initiative, Collective Behavior Grant, 2015-2017*
  • Louisiana Board of Regents Grant, 2014-2017
  • Leakey Foundation Grant, 2010-2013
  • Research Enhancement Grant, Tulane University, 2006-2010
  • Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Committee on Research, 2008
  • Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation Grant, Conservation International, 2003-2004
  • National Geographic Conservation Trust Grant, 2003-2004, 2004-2006
  • National Geographic Society Research Grant, 1998-2001
  • Spanish
  • French
Overseas Experience
  • Ecuador
  • Costa Rica
Selected Publications
  • 2018. “Alpha male capuchins (Cebus capucinus imitator): Keystone individuals or generics in a keystone role?” with Fedigan, L.M. Primate Life History, Sex Roles, and Adaptability: Essays in honour of Linda M. Fedigan, Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer: Switzerland. pp. 91-115.
  • 2018. “The effects of dispersal and mating patterns on the evolution of male sociality in white-faced capuchins,” with Wikberg, E. C., Fedigan, L. M., and Kawamura, S. Primate Life History, Sex Roles, and Adaptability: Essays in honour of Linda M. Fedigan, Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. Springer: Switzerland, pp. 117-132.
  • 2017. “Infant mortality in white-faced capuchins: The impact of alpha male replacements,” with Brasington, L. F., Wikberg, E.C., Kawamura, S., and Fedigan, L. M. American Journal of Primatology, 79:e22725.
  • 2017. “How to cultivate a tree: celebrating the career of Linda Marie Fedigan.” Jack KM and Kalbitzer U. Evolutionary Anthropology. 26(4): 139-142.
  • 2017. “Alpha male replacements in nonhuman primates: Variability in processes, outcomes, and terminology.” Teichroeb JA and Jack KM. American Journal of Primatology.
  • 2017. “Female sociality and sexual conflict shape offspring survival in a Neotropical primate.” Kalbitzer U, Bergstrom ML, Carnegie SD, Wikberg EC, Kawamura S, Campos FA, Kack KM, and Fedigan LM. _ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences_. 114(8): 1892-1897.
  • 2017. “Inbreeding avoidance and female mate choice shape reproductive skew in capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus).” Wikberg EC, Jack KM, Fedigan LM, Campos, FA, Sato A, Bergstrom M, Hiwatashi T, and Kawamura S. Molecular Ecology. 269(2): 653-667.
  • 2016. “Paternal kin recognition and infant care in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus).” Sargeant E, Wikberg E, Kawamura S, Jack KM, and Fedigan LM. American Journal of Primatology. 78: 659-668

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: ANTH 1010: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 3

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