Karen Strier
Karen B. Strier

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986
Vilas Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology
At UW-Madison since 1989

Biological Anthropology


My main research interests are to understand the behavioral ecology of primates from a comparative perspective, and to contribute to conservation efforts on their behalf. The northern muriqui ( Brachyteles hypoxanthus ), which I have been studying in Brazil's Atlantic forest since 1982, are a model for comparisons with other primates as well as one of the most critically endangered primates in the world. One of the current priorities of my long-term field study is to understand how stochastic demographic fluctuations and individual life histories affect population viabilities and behavior. I am also interested in understanding population-level variation and its relevance to basic research in biological anthropology.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae


Office: 5403 Sewell Social Science Bldg.
Office phone: (608) 262-0302
Email address: kbstrier@wisc.edu