College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Carolyn Ehardt, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anthropology

Research area: Biological Anthropology

Email: carolyn.ehardt@utsa.edu

Phone: (210) 458-5243

Office hours: MH 4.04.38

Research in Progress

In 1994, I began long-term conservation ecology research in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania, which continues to the present in collaboration with my former doctoral students. The early work involved survey research to establish baseline distribution and abundance information for the various primates, larger mammals, and birds in the relict forests of these mountains – part of one of the world’s biodiversity ‘hotspots.’ Subsequent research has focused on the Endangered Sanje mangabey Cercocebus sanjei, including the first ecological data for this endemic primate derived from study of an habituated group in Mwanihana Forest of the Udzungwa Mountains National Park. In 2004, this research led to ‘discovery’ of the first new African diurnal monkey species to be made known to science in the last 20 years (the kipunji Rungwecebus kipunji). My most current funded research has been the collection of genetic and vocalization data for mangabey species in Africa to begin to decipher the debated taxonomic relationships among the various threatened taxa, and to examine population genetics and ecology of the disjunct Tanzanian subpopulations of the Sanje mangabey.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1980

Teaching

My teaching spans a range of topics in biological anthropology, with course offerings across the various levels of the curriculum. In addition to introductory courses, I offer specialized courses at the undergraduate level in Conservation of Primates in Global Perspective, Primate Ecology, Ecology and Evolution of Human Diseases, and Human Adaptability. At the graduate level, I have offered seminars such as Conservation of Primates and Other Threatened Species, as well as Human Population Ecology.

Prospective students: I currently am working with two doctoral students who are completing their dissertations.  At present, I am not seeking new graduate students for whom I would serve as major professor, although I will continue to serve as a member of committees for students in primate ecology or disease ecology.

Current students: 

PhD: Emily Lloyd, Guillaume Pages

Representative Publications

Ehardt, Carolyn L., Fernández, David., and Gráinne McCabe. 2016. Sanje Mangabey Cercocebus sanjei Mittermeier, 1986.  In: All the World’s Primates, Noel Rowe and Marc Myers, eds., Pogonias Press, NY., pp. 456-457.

McCabe, G.M., D. Fernández and C.L. Ehardt. 2013. Ecology of reproduction in Sanje mangabeys: Dietary strategies and energy balance during the high fruit period.  American  Journal of Primatology 75: 1196-1208.

Ehardt, C.L. and T.M. Butynski. 2013. The Sanje Mangabey (Cercocebus sanjei). In: The Mammals of Africa, Vol. 2, T. Butynski, J. Kingdon and J. Kalina, eds., Bloomsbury Publishing, London; pp. 177-180.

Jones, T., C.L. Ehardt, T.M. Butynski, T.R.B. Davenport, N.E. Mpunga, S.J. Machaga, and D.W. De Luca. 2005. The highland mangabey Lophocebus kipunji: A new species of African monkey. Science 308: 1161-1164.

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