Patricia Whitten Prize

This prize was created in honor of Patricia (Pat) Whitten. Professor Whitten received her PhD from Harvard (1982) and joined the Anthropology faculty at Emory University in 1989. Her doctoral research was on vervet monkeys in Kenya and in later collaboration with Trudy Turner she demonstrated a strong link between ecological factors, social status, and reproductive rates in these primates. At Emory she established an internationally recognized lab for the analysis of steroid levels in fecal samples of wild primates and in 1989 she began collaboration with Diane Brockman (U of North Carolina) on the study of sikfaka lemurs in Madagascar.  One of the most significant conclusions of this research was that male sikfakas became stressed during the annual breeding season, but also played a nurturing role with the infants.  Throughout her career her interests focused on the links between behavior, biology and reproduction. Professor  Whitten died on December 23, 2016.


Xue Wang, New York University. Reevaluating the taxonomy of a lumbar vertebra (Omo 105-7) from lower Omo basin (Plio-Pleistocene) using 3D geometric morphometrics


Madelynne Dudas, New York University. “A 3D geometric morphometric study of the central longitudinal axis of the radius across primates”


Jacob Feder, Stonybrook University. “Social precursors and fitness outcomes of group fission in geladas”


Arielle Fogel, Duke University. “Mapping putative genetic barriers to gene flow in hybrid baboons”


Matthew Zipple, Duke University. Intergenerational Fitness Effects of Early Life Adversity in Baboons


Dominique Bertrand, SUNY: University at Buffalo. “Effects of tourism on the behavior of wild, habituated groups of Macaca nigra”

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Caitlin O’Connell, Boston University. “Examining social stress through self-directed behavior in wild orangutans”

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