Office Hours:

Wed 1-4

 

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.
Spring 2015 Classes

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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ANTH 233:
Primates

    An in-depth examination of primates with a special emphasis on behavior. Students will learn about the non-human primates of the world through lectures, assigned readings, films, and independent proj
    ects. Topics to be covered are primate evolution, taxonomy, ecology, behavior, social organization/group life, cognition, and research. Offered every spring
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