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Neetha Iyer


  • 2018 - M.A. Evolutionary Anthropology (University of California, Davis)
  • 2013 - B.S. Molecular & Environmental Biology (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 2013 - B.A. French (University of California, Berkeley)


My research interests include the evolution of sociality and disease in animals. I currently study the effects of ranging patterns and social behavior on parasite transmission in Grauer's gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri). I am passionate about promoting diversity in STEM fields by increasing public access to basic science research, through the Outreach Program in the Department of Anthropology and as a writer/editor for the official Animal Behavior Graduate Group blog The Ethogram. [ I tweet, therefore I am? ]

Advisor: Dr. Damien Caillaud

Research Focus

Primate sociality, movement ecology, social networks, host-parasite-microbe interactions, animal behavior, genetics


Teaching Assistant (TA) Positions:

  • ANT 154A: Primate Socioecology (Fall 2018)
  • ANT191: Data Visualization (Spring 2018)
  • ANT153: Human Genetics (Winter 2018)
  • ANT1: Human Evolutionary Biology (Fall 2017, Winter 2019)

Associate Instructor (AI) Positions:

  • ANT158: The Evolution of Sex: A Biological Perspective (Fall 2019)


  • UC Davis Microbiome Special Research Program, Microbiome Graduate Research Award (2019)
  • UC Davis Evolutionary Anthropology, Rodman-Mitani Award (2019)
  • Morris Animal Foundation, Pilot Study Grant (2018-2019)
  • UC Davis Evolutionary Anthropology, Summer Fellowship (2017, 2018)
  • UC Davis Institute of Social Sciences, Summer Fellowship (2017, 2018)
  • UC Davis Graduate Student Association Travel Award (2017)
  • UC Davis Women's Resources & Research Center Graduate Research Grant (2017)
  • UC Davis Provost's Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2016-2017)