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Shahrina Chowdhury

Assistant Professor

Location: 531 Ingersoll Hall Extension
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2136
Fax: 718.951.3169

Shahrina Chowdhury is a biological anthropologist and behavioral ecologist who studies the social behavior of nonhuman primates. Her research aims to understand the evolution of social behavior and the adaptive benefits of sociality, as well as the proximate hormonal mechanisms of these behaviors. Utilizing endocrine data, she examines behavior-hormone interactions to determine how they shape and influence social and ecological parameters. For her PhD she studied chacma baboons in South Africa, where she examined the effects of social, anthropogenic and environmental factors on physiological stress levels of female baboons and the use of behavioral flexibility and coping mechanisms for stress mitigation. Currently, she collaborates on a long-term field study of hamadryas baboons in Ethiopia to understand the evolution of a complex multi-level society.

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