1 College Circle Geneseo, NY 14454
Barbara J. Welker has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1997
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo
2005: A geographic analysis of goal-directed travel in mantled howler monkeys, Area de Conservacion, Sector Santa Rosa, Costa Rica and GIS Lab, SUNY Geneseo
1999-2003: Factors affecting sleeping and resting site choice in mantled howler monkeys, Area de Conservacion, Sector Santa Rosa, Costa Rica
1999-present: Phytochemical influences on mantled howler monkey diet, Area de Conservacion, Sector Santa Rosa, Costa Rica
1998-present: Phytochemical analyses of Hymenaea courbaril plant specimens to examine sesquiterpene content in relation to tree use by mantled howler monkeys, Institute for Organic Chemistry, Hamburg, Germany and Texas A & M, College Station, Texas
Publications and Professional Activities
Welker B.J.: (under revision) Factors involved in variation in tree and species use by mantled howler monkeys.
Welker B.J., W. König, M. Pietsch, R. Adams.: (under revision) Feeding selectivity by mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in relation to leaf secondary chemistry in the tree species, Hymenaea courbaril.
Welker B.J.: 2005 “Primate morphology and evolution”. In H.J. Birx (ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. CA: Sage Publications.
Welker B.J.: 2005 “Primate ecology and behavior”. In H.J. Birx (ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. CA: Sage Publications.
Welker B.J.: 2004 "Proximate mechanisms governing feeding behavior and selectivity in mantled howler monkeys, Alouatta palliata. Ph.D. Thesis, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York.
Fall 2015 Classes
ANTH 105: S/Int to Physical Anthropology
An introduction to physical/biological anthropology, i.e. the study of humans as biological organisms. The course explores relevant theories, methodologies, and contemporary issues within this subdis
cipline of anthropology, via lectures, lab work, and workshops. Topics to be covered are human genetics, evolution, variation, growth and development, and behavioral ecology, as well as primate evolution and behavior. Offered every fall
An examination of human ecology within an evolutionary, biocultural, and cross-species/cross-cultural framework. The course is divided as follows: (1) history, theories, and methods of ecological ant
hropology and human behavioral ecology; (2) human biocultural adaptations to the various global biomes via lectures, films, ethnographies, and discussion; (3) the adaptive significance of human behavior from a cross-species perspective, via assigned readings and discussion; (4) student presentations based upon individual research focused on relevant/related topics in human ecology; and (5) intertwined throughout is an ecosystemic consideration of the earth in relation to anthropogenic activities. Offered every spring