Sarah Kovalaskas

Cohort: 2018

Education

  • MSc, Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, 2013
  • BS, Anthropology, Florida State University, 2010

Research

I have broad interests in the evolution of primate social behavior, especially as it relates to the origins of human cognition and culture. Over the past five years, I have been involved in research with humans and several different primate species including Bolivian gray-eared titi monkeys (Callicebus donacophilus) in Bolivia, bonobos (Pan paniscus) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. Leveraging my past experience in behavioral endocrinology and fieldwork in bonobo behavioral ecology, my dissertation research will investigate the evolutionary processes and underlying mechanisms supporting cooperative behaviors in wild capuchins.

Supervisors: Dr. Marcela Benitez