Office Hours:

Tues/Wed/Thur 2:30-3:30

 

Interests

Primate behavioral ecology

Primate feeding ecology

Feeding selectivity in mantled howler monkeys

Proximate mechanisms involved in primate food choice

Interaction between plant primary/secondary chemistry and dietary selectivity

Behavioral ecology of human and nonhuman primates

 

Barbara Welker

Associate Professor

of Anthropology

Bailey 150
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5204
welker@geneseo.edu

Barbara J. Welker has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1997

Faculty Information

Education

  • 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

Research Interests

  • 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.
My Classes

Anth 105:
Intro to Physical Anthropology

    Anth 201:
    Human Evolution

      An in-depth examination of human evolution using a multidimensional approach. Students will gain an understanding of the phylogenetic history of the hominids through lecture, lab work using our extensive fossil cast collection, and presentations/discussions. Topics that will be covered fall into the general categories of: (1) the fossil evidence, (2) environmental pressures driving the various stages of hominid evolution, (3) biological and behavioral adaptations, and (4) hominid culture. Offered every fall

    Anth 203:
    Human Osteology

      An in-depth introduction to the human skeleton via lecture, lab work using our extensive skeletal collection, and individual research. Topics to be explored are (1) anatomy, growth and development, biomechanics, pathologies, and aging and sexing of the human skeleton and (2) forensic theories and methodologies. Offered fall, even years