I am a primatologist with a broad background in anthropology, animal behavior and socio-endocrinology. I am specifically interested in the evolution of social systems and the proximate drivers of such processes. After studying male bimaturism in Orangutans, I studied sexual selection in crested macaques with a specific focus on how male migration and migration strategies impact the social structure of this species. During my previous work, I acquired a background in socio-endocrinology; investigating the effect of certain behaviors or circumstances on an individual’s stress levels and ultimately their fitness.
Since human populations are growing and many, if not most, primate populations are increasingly being forced to share their habitat with humans, behavioral adaptations to better cope with the urban environment can be expected. Whether or not the presence of humans has an effect on the social system of primates is unknown so far.
I joined the McCowan lab in early 2016 to study human-macaque conflicts and their impact on the social networks of a group. I am currently studying several groups of urban long-tailed macaques in Kuala Lumpur as part of the McCowan’s coupled nature human systems project.
LINK TO WEBSITE
Marty PR, Hodges K, Heistermann M, Agil M, Engelhardt A., 2017. Is social dispersal stressful? A study in male crested macaques (Macaca nigra). Hormones and Behavior 87:62-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2016.10.018
Marty, P.R., Hodges, K., Agil, M., Engelhardt, A., 2016. Determinants of immigration strategies in male crested macaques (Macaca nigra). Sci. Rep. 6, 32028. doi:10.1038/srep32028
Marty, P.R., Hodges, K., Agil, M., Engelhardt, A., 2015. Alpha male replacements and delayed dispersal in crested macaques (Macaca nigra). Am. J. Primatol. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22448. doi:10.1002/ajp.22448
Marty, P.R., van Noordwijk, M.A., Heistermann, M., Willems, E.P., Dunkel, L.P., Cadilek, M., Agil, M., Weingrill, T., 2015. Endocrinological correlates of male bimaturism in wild Bornean orangutans. Am. J. Primatol. 77, 1170–1178. doi:10.1002/ajp.22453