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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.
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
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ANTH 204:
Human Ecology

    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
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