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

August 4, 2021: Congrats to Rachel Bell for receiving a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to support her dissertation on lemur habitats and microbiome diversity!

June 21, 2021: Congrats to Drew Best on his successful dissertation defense! 

May 27, 2021: Our new paper on the evolution of primate coloration is now online!  

May 21, 2021: Congrats to Catie Kitrinos for completing her MA thesis on within and across primate species variation in hair microbiome diversity! 

May 17, 2021: Congrats to Becca Leduc for completing her undergrad honors thesis on hair color and microbiome diversity!

May 15, 2021: Congrats to Rachel Bell for receiving a Leakey Foundation grant to support her dissertation research on lemur habitats and microbiome diversity!

March 15, 2021: Congrats to Mandy Fuchs for receiving a NSF DDRIG grant to support her dissertation research on Kasanka baboon movement ecology and microbiomes!

March 10, 2021: Congrats to Drew Best for accepting a tenure track position in the Biology Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts!