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Nancy Barrickman

Assistant Professor
Nancy Barrickman

Office:  PAS 2018

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32553




Nancy Barrickman, Assistant Professor, who received her PhD from Duke University, is a biological anthropologist with interests in the evolution life history, complex behavior, and encephalization.  In collaboration with Dr. Amy Schreier of Regis University, she conducts research on the behavioural development of juveniles. This study aims to increase our understanding of why some species, such as humans and other primates, have such a prolonged period between infancy and adulthood. They are currently conducting research comparing the development of mantled howler and white-faced capuchin juveniles at La Suerte Biological Research Station in Costa Rica. In addition, they are conducting surveys of the primate populations and habitats, incorporating genetic data from fecal samples in collaboration with Dr. Marie-Dominique Franco of Regis University. They have also conducted research on juvenile lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina.  

In addition to her interests in primatology and how it informs human evolution, she is currently developing a research program investigating the relationship between conservation efforts, community welfare, and processes of globalization.  She was awarded a SSHRC Seed Grant from the University of Waterloo to conduct a pilot study in the Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania.  In particular, she is interested in how access to health care and education in local communities affect conservation programs.

Publications and Current Research

Book Chapters

Barrickman, N.L., Schreier A.L. (forthcoming) Becoming a Coquerel’s sifaka: sex-specific social development in juveniles. In Juvenile Primates, edited by C.A. Schmitt, M. Bezanson, K. MacKinnon.

van Schaik, C., Barrickman, N.L., Bastian, M., Krakauer, E., van Noordwijk, M. Primate life histories and the role of brains. (2006)  In Evolution of Human Life History, edited by K. Hawkes and R. Paine, pp. 127-154. SAR Press, Santa Fe, NM.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Barrickman, N.L. (in prep) Ontogeny of brain and body size: trade-offs of encephalization in hominoids and platyrrhines.

Barrickman, N.L., Schreier, A.L., Glander, K.E. (submitted) Testing the parallel laser technique for remotely measuring body dimensions on mantled howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata). American Journal of Primatology.

Barrickman, N.L. (revise and resubmit) Gendered resilience of social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society.

Barrickman, N.L. Lin, M.  (2010) Encephalization, expensive tissues, and energetics: An examination of the relative costs of brain size in strepsirhines.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology  143:  579-590.

Maclean, E.L., Barrickman, N.L., Johnson, E.M., Wall, C.E. (2009) Group size, pairbonding, and brain size in strepsirrhine primates. Journal of Human Evolution 56: 471-478. 

Barrickman, N.L., Bastian, M., Isler, K., van Schaik, C. (2008) Life history costs and benefits of increased brain size:  a comparative test using primates. Journal of Human Evolution 54:568-590.

Research Reports

Barrickman, N.L.  (2011). Preliminary study on the linkages between conservation and family planning in the communities surrounding the Magombera Forest, Kilombero Valley, Tanzania.  Research report submitted to the Commission of Science and Technology in the United Republic of Tanzania. 

Book Reviews

Barrickman, N.L. (2012).  The elephant trap:  A conundrum of captivity.  Review of The Science and Well-Being of Elephants in Captivity, Edited by Debra L. Forthram, Lisa F. Kane, David Hancocks, and Paul F. Waldau.  Society and Animals 20:  193-205.

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