Richard McFarland

Associate Professor

(608) 262-7395

5313 W. H. Sewell Social Science Building

Joined UW-Madison faculty in 2014


Richard McFarland CV

McFarland Lab

Areas of Focus

Biological anthropology, Primatology, Physiology, Behavioral ecology


School of Physiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Department of Integrative Biology, UW-Madison
African Studies, UW-Madison


My research combines behavioral, ecological, hormonal, and body temperature data to investigate individual, population and species differences in physiological competence, particularly in relation to the consequences of sociability. My primary research focuses on populations of vervet monkeys and chacma baboons living in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. These are ideal model organisms for my research because they are obligatorily social, experience a wide temperature range in extreme environments, and manifest a range of specialized social and thermoregulatory adaptations.


  • Anthro 100 General Anthropology (Biological Section)
  • Anthro 105 Principles of Biological Anthropology
  • Anthro 120 Freshman Interest Group: The Life of Primates
  • Anthro 420 Introduction to Primate Research
  • Anthro 454 Primate Studies Field School (South Africa)
  • Anthro 690 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology