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Amy L. Schreier, Adjunct Assistant Professor

I am interested in the behavioral ecology and conservation of non-human primates. In particular, I study the behavior and ecology of hamadryas baboons in Ethiopia with a focus on how the distribution of resources influences their social organization and travel patterns.

Please note: Amy has left the "Evolutionary Anthropology" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  01A Biological Sciences Building
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7281
Email Address: send me a message


Ph.D.The Graduate Center, City University of New York2009
M.S.The Graduate Center, City University of New York2004
B.S.Cornell University1998

Behavioral Ecology and Physiology
Primate Ecology
Cognitive Evolution
Research Interests: Primate Behavior and Ecology; Evolution of Social Structure; Primate Cognitive Ecology; Baboon Socioecology and Evolutionary History; Evolution of Human Behavior;

I am interested in the behaviorial ecology and conservation of non-human primates, and I study hamadryas baboons in particular. My research has focused on how the distribution of resources influences hamadryas' unique multi-level social organization as well as their travel patterns. Recent and current projects include investigating: the role of preferred resources on hamadryas baboons' annual diet; how group size influences activity patterns and home range use; the relationship between social cohesion and resource distribution; and how and why daily travel routes vary over the course of the year.

Areas of Interest:

Primate Behavior and Ecology
Evolution of Social Structure
Primate Cognitive Ecology
Baboon Socioecology and Evolutionary History
Habitat Structure and Mapping

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (search)

  1. A.L. Schreier & L. Swedell, The fourth level of social structure in a multi-level society: ecological and social functions of clans in hamadryas baboons, American Journal of Primatology, vol. 71 (2009), pp. 1-8
  2. L. Swedell & A.L. Schreier, Male aggression towards females in hamadryas baboons: conditioning, coercion, and control., in Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females, edited by M.N. Muller and R.W. Wrangham (2009), pp. 244-268, Cambridge University Press
  3. A.L. Schreier & L. Swedell, Use of palm trees as a sleeping site by hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas hamadryas) in Ethiopia, American Journal of Primatology, vol. 70 (2008), pp. 107-113
  4. L. Swedell, G.Hailemeskel, A.Schreier, Composition and seasonality of diet in wild hamadryas baboons: preliminary findings from Filoha, Folia Primatologica, vol. 79 (2008), pp. 476-490

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