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Barbara J. Welker

Associate Professor
Bailey 150
585-245-5204
welker@geneseo.edu

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

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Office Hours

Tues/Thur 2:15-3:45
 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
    "Proximate mechanisms governing feeding behavior and selectivity in mantled howler monkeys, Alouatta palliata. Ph.D. Thesis, State University of New York, Buffalo, New York.

  • M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo

  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo

Publications

  • Melin A.D., Ketpal V., Matsushita Y., Zhou K., Campos F.A., Welker B., Kawamura S. (2017) Howler monkey foraging ecology suggests convergent evolution of routine trichromacy as an adaptation for folivory. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2716.

  • Welker B.J. (2017) The evolution of our tribe: Hominini. SUNY Open Access Publications.

  • Welker B. Embedding undergraduate research in an Anthropology curriculum. CUR Quarterly: 37 (1), http://www.cur.org/publications/fall_2016_curq_on_the_web/

  • Welker BJ (2015) Factors Involved in Variation in Tree and Species Use by Mantled Howler Monkeys. Pages 495-523 in Huettmann F. (ed.), Biodiversity of Central America: An Overview. Springer Publisher, New York.

  • Matsushita, Y., Oota, H., Welker, B. J., Pavelka, M. S. and Kawamura, S. (2014). Color vision variation as evidenced by hybrid L/M opsin genes in wild populations of trichromatic Alouatta New World monkeys. International Journal of Primatology 35 (1): 71-87.

  • Welker B.J., W. König, M. Pietsch, R. Adams. (2007) Feeding selectivity by mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in relation to leaf secondary chemistry in Hymenaea courbaril, J Chem Ecology 33: 1186-1196.

More About Me

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

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

Classes

  • 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. Prerequisite: ANTH 105. Offered every spring

  • 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 projects. Topics to be covered are primate evolution, taxonomy, ecology, behavior, social organization/group life, cognition, and research. Offered every spring

  • ANTH 317: 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. Prerequisites: ANTH 105 or BIOL 103 or BIOL 116. Credits: 3(3-0) Offered every spring

  • ENVR 288: Exp:Winter Birding in Geneseo