Sam Patterson

IHO Affiliated Graduate Student
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


Patterson is a graduate student in the department of Evolutionary Anthropology within the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC). For their dissertation, Patterson is studying how maternal behavioral and physiological signals influence infant behavior, growth, and physiology in wild baboons. Patterson is conducting their dissertation research on olive baboons at the Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project in Laikipia, Kenya.

Broadly, Patterson is interested in behavioral endocrinology, social bonds, development, and life history. Patterson has done fieldwork on baboons in Ethiopia and spotted hyenas in Kenya. They will conduct their lab work in the Core Assay Facility at the University of Michigan under the direction of Dr. Jacinta Beehner.

Patterson received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014. They will also work as a Teaching Assistant within SHESC starting in 2018. 


B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2013