Sebastian Ramirez Amaya

IHO Affiliated Graduate Student
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Liberal Arts & Sciences


I study non-human primates behavior and ecology, specifically of those who live in "high-degree fission-fusion societies". I study the Ngogo chimpanzees in Uganda, and two communities of spider monkeys in Colombia and Ecuador. My dissertation aims to elucidate the nature of male-female chimpanzees social interactions and its' implications on future reproduction. 




Undergraduate Institution: Universidad de Los Andes (COL)

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Research Interests

Primatology, Behavioral ecology, Genetics, 

Research Activity

My research interest lies both in the biological and cultural evolution of primates. Using primate behavioral and molecular ecology I intend to explore the nature of social behavior and ultimately, to understand the relevance of fission-fusion dynamics in the evolution of human sociality.

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