College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Eva Wikberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology

Research area: Biological Anthropology

Research in Progress

I investigate links between conservation and evolutionary theory, with a focus on dispersal, reproductive patterns, social bonds, and genetic structure. The broader goal of my research is to understand how these links translate into conservation outlooks for primate populations that experience different types of anthropogenic interactions. I am a co-director of the Boabeng-Fiema colobus project in Ghana. Research at this site is key for the long-term survival of the critically endangered black-and-white colobus (Colobus vellerosus) that are the focus of the study. I also maintain a long-term research collaboration in the Área de Conservación Guanacaste in Costa Rica, which is inhabited by three primate species (Alouatta palliata, Ateles geoffroyi, and Cebus capucinus imitator) with different dispersal patterns, social organizations, diets, and habitat requirements. In this study system, my research aims to determine whether their behavioral flexibility and genetic variation are sufficient for coping with the rapid environmental changes that these, and most other primate populations, are currently experiencing.

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Ph.D., University of Calgary, 2012


I strive to provide an engaging learning experience that allows my students to gain knowledge and skills that are applicable outside the classroom regardless of what their backgrounds and future career paths might be. My students strengthen their analytical and critical thinking skills while learning to understand the world around them during theory-based courses in Biological Anthropology, Evolution, and Primate Behavior and Conservation. Students get more hands-on experience during the practical courses that I teach in Animal Behavior and Primate Field Studies in Ghana.

Prospective students: I am looking for MA and PhD students who would like to do their research at my field sites and/or in my genetics lab. I am particularly interested in advising students with interests in gut microbiome acquisition and transmission, genetic or genomic structure of populations, behavioral flexibility, and human-primate interactions.

Current Ph.D. Students: Emily Glotfelty, Bright Kankam, Sara Lucci, Shelby Samartino

Representative Publications

2017. Wikberg EC, Jack KM, Fedigan LM, Campos FA, Sato A, Bergstrom ML, Hiwatashi T, and Kawamura S. Inbreeding avoidance and female mate choice shape paternity patterns in a primate species with exceptionally long male tenures (Cebus capucinus imitator). Molecular Ecology 26: 653-667.

2017. Sicotte P, Teichroeb JA, Vayro JV, Fox S, and Wikberg EC. Female dispersal post-takeover is related to male quality in Colobus vellerosus. American Journal of Primatology 79: e22436.

2015. Bădescu I, Sicotte P, Ting N, and Wikberg EC. Female parity, maternal kinship, infant age and sex influence natal attraction and infant handling in a wild colobine (Colobus vellerosus). American Journal of Primatology 77:376–387.

2015. Wikberg EC, Ting N, and Sicotte P. Demographic factors are associated with between-group variation in the grooming networks of female colobus monkeys (Colobus vellerosus). International Journal of Primatology 36:124–142.

2014. Wikberg EC, Jack KM, Campos FA, Fedigan LM, Sato A, Bergstrom ML, Hiwatashi T, and Kawamura S. The effect of male parallel dispersal on kin composition of groups in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). Animal Behaviour 96: 9-17.

2014. Wikberg EC, Ting N, and Sicotte P. Kinship and similarity in residency status structure female social networks in black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus vellerosus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153: 365-376.

2012. Wikberg EC, Sicotte P, Campos FA, and Ting N. Between-group variation in female dispersal, kin composition of groups, and proximity patterns in black-and-white colobus monkeys (Colobus vellerosus). PLOS ONE: e48740.


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