Faculty & Staff

Leila Porter

Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2000; Associate Professor

Assistant Chairperson, Anthropology

Professor Porter is a biological anthropologist with particular interest in primate behavior and ecology. Her research focuses on South American monkeys, particularly the small-bodied tamarins, marmosets, and callimicos. She has studied diet, habitat use, and parental care, and is interested in the evolution of social behavior among primates. Professor Porter has on-going field research in the tropics of Bolivia, and is also involved in conservation efforts in this region.

Professor Porter teaches classes in introductory physical anthropology, primatology, and evolutionary perspectives on sex and gender.

Recent Publications

Ford, Susan M, Porter, Leila M, and Davis, Lesa C., editors (2009) The Smallest Anthropoids: The Marmoset/Callimico Radiation. New York: Springer Science+Business Media.

Porter, Leila M., Garber, Paul A, Nacimento Edilio (2009) Exudate feeding in Callimico goeldii. American Journal of Primatology 71(2):120-129.

Porter, Leila M., Sterr, Sarah M. and Garber, Paul A. (2007) Habitat use and ranging behavior of Callimico goeldii. International Journal of Primatology 28:1035-1058.

Porter, Leila M., Garber, Paul A. (2007) Niche expansion of a cryptic primate, Callimico goeldii, while in mixed species troops. American Journal of Primatology 69:1-14.

Porter, Leila M. (2007) The Behavioral Ecology of Callimicos and Tamarins in Northwestern Bolivia. In: Vasey, N. and Sussman, R.W., series editors, Primate Field Studies, Prentice Hall Publishers.

Porter, Leila M. and Garber, Paul A. (2004) The Goeldi’s monkey: a primate paradox? Evolutionary Anthropology 13(3) 104-115.

Porter, Leila M. (2004) Differences in forest utilization and activity patterns among three sympatric callitrichines: Callimico goeldii, Saguinus fuscicollis, and Saguinus labiatus. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 124(2):139-153.