Lab Members

PI – Julie Teichroeb -BSc, MA, PhD – University of Calgary
Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
Office: MW343, Phone: 416-208-8177; Lab: SW223B, 647-601-4492
Email: julie.teichroeb(at)

T. Jean Arseneau-Robar – Jean is an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab examining the impact of sociality on decision-making in primates.

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Karyn Anderson – Karyn did her MSc in the lab on infant handling by males in Rwenzori colobus. Karyn is now a PhD student studying whether this behavior evolved as a reproductive strategy used by both males and females to improve their reproductive success. karyn.anderson(at)


Tamara Kumpan – Tamara did her MSc in the lab on vervet monkey foraging and learning strategies. Tamara is now a PhD student examining the mechanisms of social buffering in ring-tailed lemurs. tamara.kumpan(at)

Virendra Mathur – Virendra is a PhD student exploring the movement decisions and spatial cognition of Himalayan langurs in an anthropogenic landscape. viren.mathur(at)


Eve Smeltzer – Eve is a PhD student examining movement initiations in vervet monkeys in an anthropogenic landscape, including leadership, consensus, and conflicts of interest. eve.smeltzer(at)

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Samantha Stead – Sam did her MSc in the lab on the multi-level social organization of Rwenzori colobus. Sam is now a PhD student studying maternal stress in both the colobus and two species of flying squirrels in Ontario. sam.stead(at)

Frances Adams – Frances is a MSc student working on within-unit social networks and patterns of bonding in Rwenzori colobus. frances.adams(at)

Erica Fowler – Erica is a MSc student studying vervet monkey small-scale foraging decisions using inverse reinforcement learning. erica.fowler(at)

Hossein Ghorbani – Hossein is an undergraduate student in the lab exploring the impact of competition on speed-accuracy trade-offs in eastern grey squirrels in Ontario. hossein.ghorbani(at)

Lab Alumni

Keren Klass, PhD – Black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) demography and behaviour in unprotected forest fragments around Palenque National Park, Mexico. (Now a postdoc in the lab of Gili Greenbaum, Hebrew University of Jerusalem,

Florence Landry, MSc – Male and female strategies during interunit interactions in the Rwenzori Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis ruwenzorii) multi-level society at Nabugabo, Uganda. (Pursuing a PhD with Iulia Badescu at the University of Montreal)

Mingfei Li, MSc – Influence of age, sex, and dominance rank on intragroup spatial position, foraging strategies and feeding success in wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus). (Pursuing a PhD with David Samson at the University of Toronto)

Samuel Poirier-Poulin, MSc – Cataloging the vocal repertoire of an African colobine, Colobus angolensis ruwenzorii. (Pursuing a PhD in game studies at Universite de Montreal)

Eric Vasey, MSc – Causal cognition and competition in wild eastern grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) when exposed to a causally clear task. (Seeking PhD opportunities)

Undergraduate Theses Students: Megan Joyce, Kian Fallah, Isabel Martins, Evan Turner, Aleena Khwaja, Eric Vasey, Frances Adams, Koda MacLellan, Amtul Changasi, Lucas Findlay, Shallu Prasher