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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 who studies the behavioral ecology of nonhuman primates. The main focus of her research is to understand the physiological basis of behavioral variation using hormones as a tool to examine stress responses to various challenges, and to determine the adaptive value of sociality by studying variation in social bonds in different primate groups. She has studied chacma baboons in South Africa, examining the effects of social, anthropogenic, and environmental factors on stress physiology and the use of behavioral flexibility as a coping mechanism for stress mitigation. Currently, as associate director of the Filoha Hamadryas Project in Ethiopia, she collaborates on a long-term field study of hamadryas baboons with the goal of understanding the evolution of a complex multi-level society. Chowdhury is also faculty in the Anthropology Program at the CUNY Graduate Center and the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP).

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