Leila Porter

Professor Porter is a biological anthropologist with a 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, 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. Her most recent project examines zoonotic disease transmission among small neotropical mammals.

Professor Porter teaches introductory classes to biological anthropology and the great apes, as well as upper-level classes on evolutionary theory and sexual selection in primates. 

Recent Publications

Dolins, Francine, Hickey, Shaffer, Christopher A., Porter, Leila M., Hickey, Jena R., and Nibbelink, Nathan P., editors (2021) Spatial Analysis in Field Primatology: Applying GIS at Varying Scales, Cambridge University Press. 

Porter, Leila M., Garber, Paul A., Boesch, Christophe, and Janmaat, Karline R.L. (2021). Finding fruit in a tropical rainforest: a comparison of the foraging patterns of two distinct fruit-eating primates across years. In: Dolins, Francine, Hickey, Shaffer, Christopher A., Porter, Leila M., Hickey, Jena R., and Nibbelink, Nathan P., editors. Spatial Analysis in Field Primatology: Applying GIS at Varying Scales, Cambridge University Press.

Erb, Wendy M, Porter Leila M. (2020) Variable infant care contributions in cooperatively breeding groups of wild saddleback tamarins.  American Journal of Primatology.  DOI: 10.1002/ajp.23190

Garber, Paul A., Mallott, Elizabeth, Porter, Leila M., Gomez, Andres (2019) The gut microbiome and metabolome of saddleback tamarins (Leontocebus weddelli): Insights into the foraging ecology of a small-bodied primate. American Journal of Primatology.  81:e23003.  DOI: 10.1002/ajp.23003

Porter, Leila M., Rehg, Jennifer A (2018).  The ecology of Callimico goeldii: insights from mixed species groups with tamarins in Brazil and Bolivia.  In: Urbani, B, Kowalewski, M, Grasseto, R., de la Torre, S, Cortés-Ortiz, L., editors,  La Primatología en Latinoamérica 2. Tomo 1 Argentina – Colombia. Caracas: Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas. 

Erb Wendy M., Porter, Leila M. (2017) The littlest helpers: what we know (and don’t know) about cooperative infant care in callitrichine primates.  Evolutionary Anthropology 26: 25-37. 

 


Contact

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Professor
Chairperson

lmporter@niu.edu  
Stevens Building 281/190B

Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours

Monday, 11 a.m. - noon
Thursday, 2-4 p.m. or by appointment.
Office hours are held in Stevens Building 190B

Spring 2021 Course Schedule

ANTH 103 - The Great Apes (asynchronous online)

Education

Ph.D., Stony Brook University