Adjunct Assistant Professor

Laura Bolt Profile PictureEmail:  lbolt@uwaterloo.ca

Background

Dr. Laura Bolt is a primatologist who holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (UK), University of Toronto, and Queen’s University (Canada). Her research interests include primate vocal communication, primate behavioural ecology, and forest fragmentation. Dr. Bolt’s research is of broad interest to the general public and has received international media attention, with coverage by news agencies including National Geographic, Reuters, the UK’s Daily Mail, and Science Daily.

As co-director of the La Suerte Forest Fragmentation and Primate Behavioural Ecology Project, Dr. Bolt’s current research focuses on mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata), white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) and Central American spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) behavioural ecology in a fragmented tropical rainforest in Costa Rica. This research is important given the ongoing deforestation in Costa Rica and other tropical regions globally, with primates acting as important indicator species to signal habitat change.

Dr. Bolt’s published and ongoing work also focuses on vocalization usage in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), a basal primate endemic to Madagascar that is one of the best living models of gregarious primate ancestors. Dr. Bolt’s work to date has demonstrated the complexity and sophistication of communication systems in a basal strepsirhine primate.

As an experienced university lecturer at institutions including the University of Toronto, University of Toronto at Mississauga, and OCAD University, Dr. Bolt has been a finalist for university-wide teaching awards and consistently receives outstanding teaching evaluations. She also regularly leads primate field courses for Maderas Rainforest Conservancy in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Selected Publications

Bolt, Laura M., Cavanaugh, Maeve N., and Schreier, Amy L. 2020. Lone males: Solitary and group-living male howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) behavioral ecology in a Costa Rican rainforest. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 00: 1-12. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.24152

Bolt, Laura M. 2020. Affiliative contact calls during group travel: chirp and wail vocalization use in the male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta).Folia Primatologica 00: 1-20. DOI: 10.1159/000508808

Bolt, Laura M. 2020. “Haplorhini” in Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior, eds. Jennifer Vonk and Todd Shackelford, New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/9783-319-47829-6_124-1

Bolt, Laura M. 2020. “Primate Sensory Systems” in Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior, eds. Jennifer Vonk and Todd Shackelford, New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1864-1

Bolt, Laura M., Schreier, Amy L., Voss, Kristofor A., Sheehan, Elizabeth A., and Barrickman, Nancy L. 2020. Down by the riverside: Riparian edge effects on three monkey species in a fragmented Costa Rican forest. Biotropica 52: 541-553.

Bolt, Laura M., Russell, Dorian G., Coggeshall, Elizabeth M. C., Jacobson, Zachary S., Merrigan-Johnson, Carrie, and Schreier, Amy L. 2020. Howling by the river: howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) communication in an anthropogenically-altered riparian forest in Costa Rica. Behaviour 157: 77-100.

Bolt, Laura M., Schreier, Amy L., Russell, Dorian G., Jacobson, Zachary S., Merrigan-Johnson, Carrie, Barton, Matthew C., and Coggeshall, Elizabeth M. C. 2019. Howling on the edge: Mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) howling behaviour and edge effects in a fragmented rainforest in Costa Rica. Ethology 125: 593-602.

Bolt, Laura M., Schreier, Amy L., Voss, Kristofor A., Sheehan, Elizabeth A., Barrickman, Nancy L., Pryor, Nathaniel P., and Barton, Matthew C. 2018. Influence of anthropogenic edge effects on primate populations and their habitat in a fragmented rainforest in Costa Rica. Primates 59: 301-311.

Bolt, Laura M., and Tennenhouse, Erica. 2017. Contact calling behaviour in the male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). Ethology 123: 614-626.

Bolt, Laura M. 2016. “Predator Confusion Hypothesis” in Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, eds. Todd Shackelford and Viviana Weekes-Shackelford, New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1516-1

Bolt, Laura M. 2016. “Alarm Calling Upon Predator Detection” in Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, eds. Todd Shackelford and Viviana Weekes-Shackelford, New York: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1513-1

Bolt, Laura M., Sauther, Michelle L., Cuozzo, Frank T., and Ibrahim Antho Youssouf, Jacky. 2015. Anti-predator vocalization usage in the male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). Folia Primatologica 86: 124-133.

Bolt, Laura M. 2014. Male-specific use of the purr in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). Folia Primatologica 85: 201-214.

Bolt, Laura M. 2013. Squealing rate indicates dominance rank in the male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). American Journal of Primatology 75: 1174-1184.

Bolt, Laura M. 2013. The function of howling in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). International Journal of Primatology 34: 157-169.

Bolt, Laura M. 2010. Applying human interactive and communicative theories to ringtailed lemur (Lemur catta) communication. vis-à-vis: Explorations in Anthropology 10: 3-20.

Bolt, Laura M. 2010. “Evolution/Creation Controversy” in 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook, ed. James Birx, SAGE Publications Inc., pp. 600-610.

Bolt, Laura M. 2009. “Victorian Birdsongs: Sexual Selection, Gender, and Darwin’s Theory of Music” in Darwin in Atlantic Cultures: Evolutionary Visions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies, eds. Jeannette Eileen Jones and Patrick B. Sharp, New York and London: Routledge, pp. 90-108.

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University of Waterloo
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