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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Primate Behavior and Ecology Program

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College of the Sciences
Dean Hall, room 357A

Fax: 509-963-3215
    See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.

Program Director
Jessica A. Mayhew, PhD, anthropology, Dean Hall, room 341

Matthew Altman, PhD, philosophy, Kant, applied ethics, nineteenth-century philosophy, ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of art
Dan Beck, PhD, biology, ecology and behavior, and physiology of reptiles in the Pacific NW, southwestern USA, and western Mexico
Kara I. Gabriel, PhD, psychology, biopsychology, evolutionary psychology, and impacts on people in interactions with primates in both wild and captive settings
Lori K. Sheeran, PhD, anthropology, biological anthropology, Tibetan macaques, tourism, aging, gibbon behavior, ecology and conservation, primate social behavior
Lixing Sun, PhD, biology, ecology and evolution of animal behavior (especially communication systems), primatology

Associate Professors
J. Hope Amason, PhD, anthropology, political economy and globalization, politics of representation, race, class, and gender, museums, memorials, and heritage sites, tourism studies
Clay Arango, PhD, biology, stream ecosystem ecology, nitrogen cycling, human-ecosystem interactions
April Binder, PhD, biology, reproductive biology focused on hormonal control of ovarian function and development
Ralf Greenwald, PhD, psychology, general cognition, human neurophysiology, working memory, attention, language

Assistant Professor
Jessica A. Mayhew, PhD, anthropology, biological anthropology; primate social behavior; play behavior; primate socio-cognition; ethnoprimatology; large-bodied apes; Macaca spp.
Mary Radeke, PhD, psychology, use of facial cues in emotion and personality assessment, conversation development in young children, personality traits, technology in the classroom, primate communication, eye tracking and Facial Action Unit Coding laboratory
Rodrigo Renteria-Valencia, PhD, anthropology, environmental anthropology, linguistic anthropology, semiotics, visual anthropology, ritual and performance theory, human geography, maritime anthropology, indigenous studies

Kathleen Barlow, PhD, anthropology, learning and culture, childhood, psychological anthropology, museum anthropology, symbolism, gender, art and aesthetics, material culture, regional ethnography
Sofia Blue, PhD, anthropology, primatology, signal systems in nonhuman animals, particularly vocal communication in non-human primates, bioacoustics and cognitive ethology, focus on the Macaca genus
Mary Lee Jensvold, PhD, primatology, chimpanzee sign language studies, ape behavior, communication, culture, chimpanzee care and enrichment, non-verbal behavior
JB Mulcahy, MS, primatology, captive primate welfare, environmental enrichment, chimpanzee behavior

Penelope Anderson, secretary senior

Program Information
This program provides majors with interdisciplinary perspectives on the behavior and ecology of nonhuman primates in both captive and free-living settings. It serves as background for graduate study in the behavior, ecology, or phylogeny of primates, as well as for care-giving careers with primates living in laboratories, zoos, or other captive facilities. Lab fees required for PRIM 220 (currently on resreve 9/1/20), PRIM 320, and ANTH 416.

A double major is REQUIRED with the PBE degree. Students must complete the requirements for the PBE major as well as the requirements for a 45-plus-credit major in anthropology, biology, or psychology. Students interested in the major should contact the program office as soon as possible for further information, application forms, and assignment of an advisor. PBE majors are expected to meet with their advisor at least once a quarter.

Special Programs
The program sponsors and is affiliated with a wide range of on- and off-campus activities that provide students with opportunities to conduct faculty-mentored scientific projects or internships.

The PBE library in room 204 Dean Hall houses several hundred books, articles, and DVDs/videotapes related to primatology. The room includes a TV, DVD player, and four computer work stations.

The PBE program has available for student use one video camera, two digital cameras, two DVD players, one television, observational software (The Observer), and two PDAs for using this software at remote locations. The Observer software can also be used on two desktop computers.

Students and faculty who have been approved to conduct research at CHCI may have access to resources housed there. These include an extensive library of articles, books, videos, and DVDs, and more than 20 years of archived video footage collected from the chimpanzees living there. CHCI also houses several VCRs, TVs, DVD players, video cameras, and computers that students can use in research projects conducted at CHCI. Access is considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the director and associate director of CHCI.

The Anthropological Genetics Laboratory in room 232A Dean Hall is equipped for performing DNA extractions, PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) amplification, genotyping, and DNA sequencing. Software for analyzing genetic data and performing phylogenetic analysis is also available.

The anthropology department owns casts of fossil and living nonhuman primates. These span a variety of taxa including prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Access is considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the anthropology faculty.

The PBE program is affiliated with the Conservation and Biodiversity Field School in China, which is coordinated through the CWU Office of International Study and Programs.

Students can develop faculty-mentored internship experiences based at CHCI, the Woodland Park Zoo, and other sites.

Program Outcomes
For information on program outcomes, please go to: www.cwu.edu/mission/assessment-improvement/slo-assessment-plans

Course Offerings
Frequency of course offering information can be found at the department website: www.cwu.edu/primate or by contacting the department directly.


    Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Certificate B


      Primate Studies (PRIM)

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