PhD Students

Graduate student education is integral to any research department or program. I have been fortunate to work with many fine graduate students and strive to provide field and lab research experience and biological statistical training to all interested students.

Current PhD students:

Andrea Eller:

Andrea received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Middle TennARE with skullsessee State University. Andrea’s interests in biological anthropology include comparative primate physiological, osteological, and behavioral phenomenon as related to issues of captivity. She manages the ongoing Grand Collection renovation under the direction of Dr. White, has two current departmental projects related primate body morphology, and coordinates the UO Anthropology website. She recently presented a poster at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists’ Annual Meeting, entitled “Body mass estimation in Old World monkeys using long bone ends.”

Ryan Covey:

RyanRyan’s primary area of study is primate conservation. Ryan completed his Bachelors degree at the Ohio State University and his Masters in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University. For his master’s thesis, he compared two types of population surveys at the Taï Monkey Project, studied sooty mangabeys, and  and conducted a bushmeat study by recording all meat sold at a local bushmeat market. Ryan presented his poster on West African Bushmeat at the AAPA meetings in 2010.


Klaree Boose:

booseKlaree received her Bachelor of Sciences degrees with Research Distinction in Zoology and Primate Cognition from the Ohio State University where she worked for several years as the Project Manager of the OSU Chimpanzee Center. Her research interests include the evolution of social systems and behavioral strategies in human and non-human primates. She has worked extensively with captive chimpanzees and bonobos and will be conducting her PhD research on the Lomako bonobos.


Ian Edwards: (co-Advisor with Dr. Phil Scher)

edwardsIan is a doctoral candidate in the cultural anthropology program. His research interests include political ecology, international conservation, globalization, natural resources and community values, postcolonialism and development, and traditional medicine in West Africa. His current research focuses on two markets that commodify wildlife in Mali, West Africa.


Past Graduate Students:

Michel Waller, PhD:

P1000479Michel completed his PhD in June 2011. Michel is an evolutionary biologist focused on observing bonobo and chimpanzee behavior in an effort to gain insight into the social and ecological factors that have shaped early hominin evolution. He used GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analysis to examine the differences in ranging behavior between these apes and how these differences are related to variations in social structure, male and female sexual strategies, and inter-community aggression.

Darcy Hannibal, PhD:

dhannibalDr. Hannibal research uses primatology as a comparative framework for understanding human evolution. She focuses on behavioral and morphological adaptations associated with dietary strategies. Her PhD research looked at the relationships between feeding competition, access to food resources, cheek pouch use and female reproductive success among the rhesus macaques of Cayo Santiago. Darcy is currently a Research Associate in the Brain, Mind and Behavior Unit at the UC Davis Primate Center.


Nicholas Malone, PhD:

DRC slide Nick 138Nick completed his PhD at the University of Oregon in 2007 on the socioecology of the critically endangered Javan Gibbon (Hylobates moloch). Nick focused on the impact of anthropogenic disturbance on the gibbon’s social system. He also completed his post-doctoral research on the bonobos at Lomako. Nick’s research interests focus on primate evolution, socioecology, conservation, and human relationships to nonhuman animals and the environment. Nick is a Lecturer in Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aukland, New Zealand.



Joyce Powzyk, PhD:

JoyceJoyce is a published artist and author as well as a scientist. Joyce completed her PhD research at Duke University comparing the socio-ecology of two sympatric indriids, Propithecus diadema diadema and Indri indri, in Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Wesleyan University.



Anne Nacey Maggioncalda, PhD:

Anne completed her PhD research at Duke University with a study of the socio-endocrinology of orangutan growth, development and reproduction. Her work on the alternative mating system of orang utans is considered a classic in biological anthropology. She is a retired Stanford and UCSF medical school lecturer in the area of human anatomy.





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