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Joan.Silk@asu.edu

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Bio

I received my PhD from UC Davis in 1981, and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Altmann’s lab at the University of Chicago. Then, I joined the Department of Anthropology at Emory University. I moved to UCLA in 1986, where I remained until 2012. At UCLA, I was a founding member of the Center of Behavior, Evolution, and Culture and served as department Chair for six years. I moved to the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at ASU in 2012.

Research Interests

I am interested in how natural selection shapes the evolution of social behavior in primates. Most of my empirical work has focused on the behavioral and reproductive strategies of female baboon. I have recently initiated a comparative study of the structure and function of close social bonds in four baboon species (anubis, hamadryas, gelada, and chacma).

I am particularly interested in questions that explicitly link studies of nonhuman primates to humans. Experimental work conducted with chimpanzees and children focuses on the phylogenetic origins and ontogenetic development of prosocial preferences.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASB 580 Practicum
ASB 590 Reading and Conference
ASB 592 Research
ASB 790 Reading and Conference
ASB 792 Research
ASM 455 Primate Behavior Laboratory
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 443 Primatology
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 493 Honors Thesis
ASM 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 543 Primatology
ASM 590 Reading and Conference
ASM 592 Research
ASM 790 Reading and Conference
ASM 792 Research
ASM 799 Dissertation

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
ASM 484 Internship
ASM 492 Honors Directed Study
ASM 543 Primatology
ASM 590 Reading and Conference

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ASM 394 Special Topics

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. House, B.R., Henrich, J., Senecka, B., Silk, J.B.. The development of contingent reciprocity in children.. Evolution and Human Behavior (2013).

  2. House, B.R., Silk, J.B., Henrich, J., H.C. Barrett, Scelza, B., Boyette, A., Hewlett, B., & Laurence, S.. The ontogeny of prosocial behavior across diverse cultures.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2013).

  3. Panchanathan, K., Frankenhuis, W.E., & Silk, J.B. 2013.The bystander effect in an n-person dictator game. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 120: 285–297.. The bystander effect in an n-person dictator game. 285–297.. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2013).

  4. Silk, J.B., Brosnan, S.F., Henrich, J., Lambeth S.P., Shapiro, S.. Chimpanzees share food for many reasons: the role of kinship, reciprocity, social bonds and harassment on food transfers.. Animal Behaviour (2013).

  5. Silk, J.B., Cheney, D.L., Seyfarth, R.M.. A practical guide to the study of social relationships. Evolutionary Anthropology (2013).

  6. Book chapter: Jensen, K. & Silk, J.B.. Moral man, amoral monkey: the roots of human moral sentiments.. Handbook of Moral Development. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2013).

  7. Book chapter: Silk, J.B.. The origins of the prosocial ape: insights from comparative studies of social preferences. Navigating the Social World: A Developmental Perspective. Oxford University Press (2013).

  8. Understanding the Lives of Females, A Tribute to Jeanne Altmann & Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. Evolutionary Anthropology (2013).

  9. Jensen, K. & Silk, J.B.. Moral man, amoral monkey: the roots of human moral sentiments.. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2013).

  10. Silk, J.B.. Reciprocal altruism. Current Biology 23: R827-828.. Current Biology (2013).

  11. Silk, J.B.. The origins of the prosocial ape: insights from comparative studies of social preferences.. Oxford University Press (2013).

  12. Cheney, D.L., Silk, J.B., & Seyfarth, R.M.. Evidence for intra-sexual selection in wild female baboons. Animal Behaviour (2012).

  13. House, B.R., Henrich, J., Brosnan, S.F., & Silk, J.B. 2012.. The ontogeny of human prosociality: behavioral experiments with children aged 3 to 8. Evolution and Human Behavior (2012).

  14. Seyfarth, R.M., Silk, J.B., & Cheney, D.L.. Variation in personality and fitness in wild female baboons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA (2012).

  15. Silk, J.B., Alberts, S.C., Altmann, J., Cheney, D.L., & Seyfarth, R.M.. Stability of partner choice among female baboons. Animal Behaviour (2012).

  16. Xue, M., & Silk, J.B.. The role of tracking and tolerance in relationships among friends.. Evolution and Human Behavior (2012).

  17. Boyd, R., Silk, J.B.. How Humans Evolved. WW Norton (2012).

  18. Edited book: Mitani, J., Call, J., Kappeler, P., Palombit, R., Silk, J.B.. The Evolution of Primate Societies. University of Chicago (2012).

  19. Book chapter: J.B. Silk. The adaptive value of sociality.. The Evolution of Primate Societies. University of Chicago Press (2012).

  20. Book chapter: Silk, J.B., & House, B.R. The phylogeny and ontogeny of prosocial behavior.. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Evolutionary Psychology. Oxford University Press (2012).

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Presentations

  1. J.B. Silk The Adaptive Value of Social Bonds. Public lecture, U of Indiana. (Nov 2012).
  2. J.B. Silk Sex Differences in Mortality. Workshop, Stanford University. (Oct 2012).
  3. J.B. Silk THE ADAPTIVE VALUE OF SOCIAL BONDS: OLD DATA, NEW METHODS, AND EMERGING QUESTIONS. Meeting of the International Primatological Society, Cancun, Mexico. (Aug 2012).
  4. S. Rosenbaum, J. P. Hirwa, J. B. Silk, T. S. Stoinski LONG-TERM SOCIAL PARTNER PREFERENCES BETWEEN ADULT MALE AND MATURING MOUNTAIN GORILLAS (GORILLA BERINGEI BERINGEI). Meeting of the International Primatological Society, Cancun, Mexico. (Aug 2012).
  5. J.B. Silk, B.R. House PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN CHIMPANZEES: WHEN AND HOW MUCH?. Meeting of the International Primatological Society, Cancun, Mexico. (Aug 2012).
  6. J.B. Silk The natural history of social bonds. The Female in Evolution Symposium. (Apr 2012).

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Service

  1. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Associate editor (2009 - present)
  2. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Associate editor (2009 - present)
  3. International Journal of Primatology, editorial board member (2009 - present)
  4. International Journal of Primatology, editorial board member (2009 - present)
  5. Courant Research Centre on Evolution and Social Behaviour, University of Gottingen, Germany, Scientific Advisory Board (2007 - present)
  6. L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Scientific Executive Committee (2007 - present)
  7. L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Scientific Executive Committee (2007 - present)
  8. Human Behavior and Evolution, Consulting Editor (2006 - present)
  9. Human Behavior and Evolution, Consulting Editor (2006 - present)
  10. Primates, Advisory Board (2005 - present)
  11. Primates, Advisory Board (2005 - present)
  12. Human Nature, Editorial Board (1991 - present)
  13. Personnel Committee, Member (2013 - 2016)
  14. Search Committee, Chair (2013 - 2014)
  15. School of Human Evolution and Social Change, search committee member (2009 - 2013)
  16. Human Behavior & Evolution Society, Program Committee (2012)

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Curriculum Vitae / Resume

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