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Vogel, Erin
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Vogel, Erin
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Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, 2004

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Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
In the Laboratory for Primate Dietary Ecology, we study how ecological variation influences the behavior (feeding and social), morphology, and physiology of non-human primates. We have three main goals:



1. Determine the selection pressures that have led to the variation in primate dietary traits and behavior


2. Bridge the fields of ecology, behavior, physiology, and morphology to better understand energy acquisition and use in non-human primates


3. Explore how primate behavior can inform us about human evolutionary hypotheses

These goals are driving our field and laboratory research on diverse subjects in anthropology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. The guiding principle of our lab is that the species and methods used must be appropriate for the particular evolutionary question asked. Members of my lab use a diverse tool kit to answer their research questions including behavioral observations of primates in their natural habitats, quantifying the abundance and distribution of food resources, nutritional analyses of foods, quantifying material properties of foods, mathematical modeling, and collecting urine, fecal and blood samples for laboratory analyses to better understand the causes and consequences of selecting particular food items. All of these methods increase our understanding of how and why primates select their diets and how they cope with periods of food scarcity.
Memberships and Professional Service
American Association of University Woman, Animal BehaviorSociety,
American Society of Primatologists, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, International Society of Primatology.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
2011-2012 The United States Fish and Wildlife Great Ape Fund (PI)
2010-2011The George Washington University Travel Award
2009-2010 University of California Santa Cruz Professional Development Grant
2008-2009National Science Foundation Research Grant (PI) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU); Factors Affecting Geographic Variation in Orangutan Diet
2008-2009Denver Zoological Foundation Research Grant (PI); Orangutan Conservation in Central Kailimantan
2007-2011National Science Foundation Research Grant (PI) ; Factors Affecting Geographic Variation in Orangutan Diet
2007-2010L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (PI) Linking Feeding Ecology and Craniodental Morphology in Wild Orangutans: A Quantitative Approach
2007 UCSC University Council-American Federation of Teachers
2005-2006 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (PI); Factors Affecting Geographic Variation in Orangutan Diet: an Ecocultural Investigation
2005 Denver Zoological Foundation Research Grant (PI); Factors Affecting Geographic Variation in Orangutan Diet
2001 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (CoPI0 Ecological Basis of Agonistic Coalitions in Capuchin Monkeys
2001 Organization of Tropical Studies Emily P. Foster Fellowship(PI); The Ecological Basis of Aggression in White-faced Capuchin Monkeys
2000 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (CoPI); The Ecological Basis of Coalition Formation in White-faced Capuchin Monkeys in a Costa Rican Dry Forest
1999 Organization of Tropical Studies Emily P. Foster Fellowship(PI); The Ecological Basis of Aggression in White-faced Capuchin Monkeys

1999-2000 Graduate Aid in Areas of National Need Fellowship (GAANN); US Department of Education

1999 Slobodkin Research Award; Stony Brook University

1998 Sokal Travel Award; Stony Brook University

1995 Webster Chester Biology Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Colby College
2005
L'ORÉAL-­‐U.S. Based UNESCO for Women in Science Award-­‐Honorable
Mention
2004
Outstanding Teaching Award,Stony Brook University
2000
Best Student Presentation, Ecology and Evolution Seminar, Stony Brook
University
1998
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award-­‐Honorable
Mention
1995
Phi Beta Kappa, Colby College
1991–1995
Dean’s List,Colby College