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Lynne A. Isbell

Lynne A. Isbell

Professor, PhD, University of California, Davis, 1990

2010 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, Graduate and Professional Teaching

212 Young Hall Department of Anthropology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA

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Office Phone: (530) 754-0743

Office Hours for 2015-16 :

  • Mondays, 2:00-3:00, and by email and appointment


  1. PhD, University of California, Davis, 1990
  2. My undergraduate degree is from Johnston College of the University of Redlands, in southern California. Johnston offers an "experimental" program that gave me the freedom to find and design my own area of focus. As far as I know, in its more than 40-year history, I'm the only graduate of Johnston with a Bachelor's degree in Ethology. I continued my interest in ethology in graduate school at UC Davis where I earned my Ph.D. in Animal Behavior.


Research Interests

My overarching research interests are largely focused on primate socioecology, and I will study any topic that helps us understand more fully the ecological conditions that have influenced social behavior and social organization. These include all aspects of food (e.g., competition, spatial and temporal distribution, abundance, and nutrition), predation, dispersal, and ranging behavior. I am field-oriented, and have engaged in multi-year fieldwork in Uganda and Kenya, with briefer forays into Madagascar, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Potential graduate students for my lab are those whose interests are socioecological. My preference at this time is for those who are driven to study primates in the field.

Please see my faculty pages for publications and other details

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