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The Comparative Primatology Lab, directed by Dr. Jason Kamilar, investigates primate behavior, ecology, and evolution using an integrative and comparative approach. 

We are part of the Anthropology Department and

the Graduate Program in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at UMass Amherst.

Jason is Editor-in-Chief of Evolutionary Anthropology and is one of the co-Director's of the Kasanka Baboon Project

The Lab adheres to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Sexual Harassment Policy. Also, we strongly support the University's Diversity Plan, and the AABA's Statement on Race and Racism, and strive to create an antiracist society. 

Lab News

June 2023

We are searching for a postdoc! Find more info here.

March 2023

Check out our new article on human sweat gland variation in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology!

Dec 2022

Congrats to Catie Kitrinos for receiving a Leakey Foundation grant supporting her dissertation research: "“Bats, baboons, and berries: Microbial transmission at Kasanka National Park”!

July 2022

Check out our new paper on primate hair microbiomes, published in mSystems!

May 2022

Our new paper on Kinda baboon behavior is published in Animal Behaviour!


Congrats to Arya Kunaparaju for successfully completing his undergraduate honors thesis!


April 2022

Excited to have our new graduate student, Laura Haynes, start the program this September!

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