University of Wisconsin–Madison

Karen B. Strier

Vilas Research Professor and Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology


5403 Sewell Social Science Bldg.

Karen Strier


Dr. Karen Strier CV

Strier Lab

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Areas of Focus

Biological anthropology, Primatology, Behavioral ecology, Brazil


Department of Zoology


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.