Karin Enstam Jaffe

Professor of Anthropology & Adjunct Faculty in Biology
Ph.D. University of California (Davis), 2002
Voicemail: (707) 664-2944
Email: karin.enstam@sonoma.edu
Office: Stevenson 2054D
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Research Interests:

Primate behavioral ecology, applied primate ethology, primate anti-predator behavior, human evolution, polyspecific associations, biological anthropology.

Research Program:

I am a biological anthropologist with research interests in primate behavioral ecology, including polyspecific associations, evolution of primate social systems, and anti-predator behavior. My previous research has focused on sub-specific sociality differences in captive orangutans at the San Diego Zoo, the social behavior of mona monkeys on the island of Grenada, and anti-predator behavior and habitat use of vervet and patas monkeys in Kenya. My current research focuses on Applied Primate Ethology, the application of scientific methods of studying primate behavior to real world problems. My Sonoma State University Primate Ethology Research Lab matches advanced undergraduate and graduate students with local zoos to work on a variety of projects that help the facilities better understand the animals they care for. Current research projects include: causes of hair-plucking in a female mandrill (San Francisco Zoo), social behavior in an all-male group of squirrel monkeys (San Francisco Zoo), cross-fostering by greater kudu (Safari West), and enclosure use by black and white colobus monkeys (San Francisco Zoo). For more information about my lab, please visit the SSUPER website.

Representative Publications:

Isbell, L.A. and Jaffe, K.E. (2013) Chlrocebus pygerythrus: Vervet monkey. In: Mammals of Africa, Volume 2: Primates (T.M. Butynski, J. Kingdon, and J. Kalina, eds.). Bloomsbury Press, New York. pp. 277-283.

Jaffe, K.E. and Isbell, L.A. (2011) The guenons: Socioecology of polyspecific associations. In: Primates in Perspective, 2nd edition (C.J. Campbell, A. Fuentes, K.C. MacKinnon, S.K. Bearder, and R.M. Stumpf, eds.). Oxford University Press, New York. pp. 277-300.

Jaffe, K.E. and Isbell, L.A. (2010) Changes in ranging and agonistic behavior of vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) after predator-induced group fusion. American Journal of Primatology. 72: 634-644.

Jaffe, K.E. and Isbell, L.A. (2011) The guenons: Socioecology of polyspecific associations. In: Primates in Perspective, 2nd edition (C.J. Campbell, A. Fuentes, K.C. MacKinnon, S.K. Bearder, and R.M. Stumpf, eds.). Oxford University Press, New York. pp. 277-300.

Isbell, L.A., Young, T.P., Jaffe, K.E., Carlson, A.A., and Chancellor, R.L. (2009) Demography and life histories of sympatric patas monkeys, Erythrocebus patas, and vervets, Cercopithecus aethiops, in Laikipia, Kenya. International Journal of Primatology. 30: 103-124.

Jaffe, K.E. and Isbell, L.A. (2009) After the fire: Benefits of reduced ground cover for vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops). American Journal of Primatology. 71: 252-260.

Parker, S.T. and Jaffe, K.E (2008) Darwin's Legacy: Scenarios in Human Evolution. AltaMira Press. New York.

Enstam, K.L. (2007) Effects of habitat structure on perceived risk of predation and anti-predator behavior in vervet (Cercopithecus aethiops) and patas (Erythrocebus patas) monkeys. In: Primate Anti-Predator Strategies. (S. Gursky and K.A.I. Nekaris, eds.). Springer, New York. pp. 308-338.

Course Offerings:

Introduction to Biological Anthropology; Human Fossils and Evolution; Human Development: Sex and the Life Cycle; Primate Observational Methods; Primate Behavioral Ecology; Biological Basis of Sex Differences; Nature, Culture and Theory: The Growth of Anthropology; Human Behavioral Ecology.