Professional Bio

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D., Physical Anthropology, City University of New York, 2009
    Dissertation Title: The influence of resource distribution on the social structure and travel patterns of wild hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas) in Filoha, Awash National Park, Ethiopia
  • B.S., Biology & Society, Cornell University

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

My primary area of research is the behavioral ecology of non-human primates. In particular, I focus on: 1) the relationship between resource distribution, social structure, and ranging patterns in wild hamadryas baboons in Ethiopia and 2) juvenile social development in lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center and wild howler monkeys and capuchins in Ometepe, Nicaragua.

Students can participate in my research by traveling to Nicaragua and studying howler monkeys and capuchins in the wild, or working here on campus with previously collected data on hamadryas baboons and lemurs.

PUBLICATIONS

Schreier, A.L., Swedell, L. (2012) Ecology and sociality in a multilevel society: ecological determinants of social cohesion in hamadryas baboons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 148: 580-588.

Schreier, A.L., Swedell, L. (2012) The socioecology of network scaling ratios in the multilevel society of hamadryas baboons. International Journal of Primatology 33: 1069-1080.

Swedell, L., Saunders, J., Schreier, A., Davis, B., Tesfaye, T., Pines, M. (2011) Female “dispersal” in hamadryas baboons: transfer among social units in a multi-level society. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 145: 360-370.

Schreier, A.L., Grove, M. (2010) Ranging patterns of hamadryas baboons: random walk analyses. Animal Behaviour 80: 75-87.

chreier, A.L. (2010) Feeding ecology, food availability, and ranging patterns of wild hamadryas baboons at Filoha. Folia Primatologica 81: 129-145.

Schreier, A.L., Swedell, L. (2009) The fourth level of social structure in a multi-level society: ecological and social functions of clans in hamadryas baboons. American Journal of Primatology 71: 948-955.

Schreier, A.L. (2009) Male aggression towards females in hamadryas baboons: conditioning, coercion, and control. In Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females. eds. M.N. Muller and R.W. Wrangham.  Cambridge: Harvard University Press, pp. 244-268.

Schreier, A., Swedell, L. (2008) Use of palm trees as a sleeping site by hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas hamadryas) in Ethiopia. American Journal of Primatology 70: 107-113.

Schreier, A. (2008) Composition and seasonality of diet in wild hamadryas baboons: preliminary findings from Filoha. Folia Primatologica 79: 476-490.

Schreier, A., Evans, G.W. (2003) Adrenal cortical response of young children to modern and ancient stressors. Current Anthropology 44(2): 306-309.    

PRESENTATIONS

Schreier, A.L., Grove, M. (2012) Foraging and the evolution of spatial memory in primates. XXIV Congresse of the International Primatological Society. Cancun, Mexico.

Barrickman, N., Schreier, A.L. (2012) Why be juvenile? Social development in lemurs. XXIV Congresse of the International Primatological Society. Cancun, Mexico.

Schreier, A.L., Barrickman, N.L., Gupta, S. (2012) Sex-typing in juvenile male and female ring-tailed lemurs. 81st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Portland, Oregon.

Barrickman, N.L., Schreier, A.L. (2011) The juvenile transition: sex-specific behavioural role-modeling in Coquereli’s sifakas. 39th Annual Congress of the Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology, Montreal, Canada.

Schreier, A.L. (2011) Path analysis of vocally-mediated intergroup spacing strategies in mantled howling monkeys. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Supplement 52): 173-174.

Schreier, A.L., Swedell, L. (2010) Food distribution and social cohesion in hamadryas baboons: testing the assumptions behind the evolution of hamadryas social structure. XXIII Congresse of the International Primatological Society. Kyoto, Japan.

Schreier, A.L., Swedell, L. (2010) Resource availability and social structure in wild hamadryas baboons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Supplement 50): 209.

Subramanian, M., Schreier, A.L., Bai-Sesay, P., Koroma, Y., Koroma, I. (2010) A public health approach to primate conservation in Sierra Leone. AMNH Center for Biodiversity and Conservation New York Student Conservation Conference. New York, NY.

Schreier, A.L., Groves, M.J. (2009) Ranging patterns of hamadryas baboons: random walk analyses. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Supplement 48): 231-232.

Schreier, A.L. (2008) Ranging patterns in wild hamadryas baboons in Ethiopia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Supplement 46): 188.

Swedell, L., Saunders, J., Pines, M., Schreier, A., Davis, B. (2008) Alternative reproductive strategies in male hamadryas baboons: leaders, followers, and solitary males. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Supplement 46): 203.

Schreier, A.L., Swedell, L. (2007) Evidence for clans in a population of wild hamadryas baboons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Supplement 44): 209-210.

Schreier, A.L., Savukova, G., Hartman, H. (2007) Writing and Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes and the WAC/WID program at the City College of New York. The 49th Annual Midwest Modern Languages Association Convention, Cleveland, OH. 

Schreier, A.L., Savukova, G., Kim, H., Tuck, E., Braxton, C., Ikeda, Y. (2007) Possibilities and Pitfalls of Scaling Up: WAC/WID at City College. Biannual CUNY WAC/WID Conference, New York, NY.

Swedell, L., Schreier, A.L. (2006) Male Aggression Towards Females in Hamadryas Baboons. XXI Congresse of the International Primatological Society. Entebbe, Uganda.

Awards & Recognition

Grants/Awards

  • Thompson Writing Program Research Grant (Duke University), 2012          
  • Evolutionary Anthropology Mentorship Awards (Duke University), 2009-2011
  • Sue Rosenberg Zalk Travel and Research Grant (CUNY), 2002-2008 
Invited Presentations
  • Primate Field Research. TriBeta Biological Honor Society, Regis University, Denver, CO, 2012
  • Baboon Social Structure and Lemur Juvenile Social Development: Implications for Humans. Scholars Symposium, Thompson Writing Program, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2011
  • Feeding Ecology in Primates. Concepts in Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Tutorial Series, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2011
  • Baboon Feeding Ecology, Food Availability, and Ranging Patterns. Evolutionary Anthropology Talk Series, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2011
  • Social Cohesion and Resource Distribution in Hamadryas Multilevel Society. Pusey-Alberts Lab Meeting, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010
  • The Evolution of Primate Social Organization. Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Seminar, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2010
  • Social Structure and Travel Patterns in Hamadryas Baboons (Papio hamadryas) in Ethiopia.  LemurCon Annual Conference, Duke Lemur Center, Durham, NC, 2009
  • Home Range Use and Travel Patterns in Wild Hamadryas Baboons in Ethiopia.  Scholars Symposium, Thompson Writing Program, Duke University, Durham, NC, 2008
  • Influence of Resource Distribution on Travel Patterns and Social Structure in Hamadryas Baboons. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology seminar series, New York, NY, 2008
  • Biological and Ecological Field Study of Hamadryas Baboons (Papio hamadryas) in Ethiopia. International Baccalaureate Biology Program, Yonkers High School, Yonkers, NY, 2007
  • Social Structure and Spatial Cohesion in Hamadryas Baboons. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology seminar series, New York, NY, 2007
  • Resource Distribution, Social Structure, and Travel Patterns in Hamadryas Baboons (Papio hamadryas hamadryas). New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology seminar series, New York, NY, 2004