Department of Anthropology

Guest Speaker: Brenda McCowan

"Predictability and its effects on individual and societal health in macaques using a network approach"

Fri, May 3, 2019 | SAC 5.118

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Dr. McCowan is a Professor of Ethology with the Department of Population Health and Reproduction at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Core Scientist with the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis.

Her research interests lie in the fields of behavioral biology and ecology with an emphasis on both the basic and applied aspects of animal behavior and communication for enhancing human and nonhuman animal health and well-being. She has conducted quantitative systems science research on complex systems at the human-animal interface for over 25 years, including complexity in nonhuman cognitive and communication systems, anthropogenic disruption of wildlife systems, robustness of animal social networks, and network epidemiology. She is the current and founding director of International Institute for Human-Animal Networks (IIHAN) which engages a multidisciplinary team of investigators to understand the socio-ecological processes underlying robustness in human-animal network systems. Their laboratory’s current work focuses on the effects of reciprocal and emergent interactions among components of complex social systems comprised of multi-level and multi-faceted networks on individual and population health dynamics in captive and free-ranging macaque populations.

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