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. She has recently initiated a study, in collaboration with Dr. Amy Schreier of Duke University, examining the behavior of juvenile lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina. The 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.
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
In prep - Barrickman, N.L. Body growth in twelve anthropoids: implications for the evolution of life history.
2010 - Barrickman, N.L. Lin, M. Encephalization, expensive tissues, and energetics: An examination of the relative costs of brain size in strepsirhines. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143:579-590.
2009 - Maclean, E.L., Barrickman, N.L., Johnson, E.M., Wall, C.E. Group size, pairbonding, and brain size in strepsirrhine primates. Journal of Human Evolution 56: 471-478.
2008 - Barrickman, N.L., Bastian, M., Isler, K., van Schaik, C. Life history costs and benefits of increased brain size: a comparative test using primates. Journal of Human Evolution 54:568-590.
2006 - van Schaik, C., Barrickman, N.L., Bastian, M., Krakauer, E., van Noordwijk, M. Primate life histories and the role of brains. In Evolution of Human Life History, edited by K. Hawkes and R. Paine, pp. 127-154. SAR Press, Santa Fe, NM.
University of Waterloo