Tim Bransford

Tim Bransford is a biological anthropologist researching primate ecology and behavior as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Professor Mitch Irwin. He is interested in questions about how individuals survive through energetic and nutritional challenges. These challenges come about for many reasons, whether that be environmental, developmental or social.


Currently, Tim focuses his research on lemur feeding ecology and nutrition across degraded habitats at Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar. Previously, he has worked with wild orangutans on Borneo, investigating the energetic costs of motherhood and the nutritional challenges presented to mother orangutans throughout lactation.

Selected Publications

Vogel ER, Alavi SE, Utami-Atmoko SS, van Noordwijk MA, Bransford TD, Erb WM, Zulfa A, Sulistyo F, Farida WR, Rothman JM. 2017. Nutritional ecology of wild Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) in a peat swamp habitat: effects of age, sex, and season. American Journal of Primatology 79(4): 1-20.

Vogel ER, Harrison ME, Zulfa A, Bransford TD, Alavi SE, Husson S, Morrogh-Bernard H, Santiano, Firtsman T, Utami-Atmoko SS, van Noordwijk MA, Farida WR. 2015. Nutritional Differences between Two Orangutan Habitats: Implications for Population Density. PLoS ONE 10: e0138612. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0138612.


Tim Bransford
Post Doctoral Fellow
Stevens Building room 278

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