Marcela Benítez, Ph.D.
I am currently completing a joint PhD in Biological Anthropology and Biopsychology at the University of Michigan advised by Dr. Jacinta Beehner and Dr. Thore Bergman. I am broadly interested in the evolution of social cognition, decision-making, and the role of hormones in driving cognition and behavior in primates. My dissertation research focuses on how wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada), a primate that live extraordinarily large social groups, make the most informed reproductive choices.
In the summer of 2016, I will be starting a postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Sarah Brosnan at Georgia State University, in collaboration with Dr. Meg Crofoot at UC Davis, working on the social and hormonal factors that influence inequity and cooperation in both captive and wild capuchin monkeys.