Long-Term Field Studies of Primates

  • Peter M. Kappeler
  • David P. Watts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter M. Kappeler, Carel P. van Schaik, David P. Watts
      Pages 3-18
  3. Madagascar

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Robert W. Sussman, Alison F. Richard, Joelisoa Ratsirarson, Michelle L. Sauther, Diane K. Brockman, Lisa Gould et al.
      Pages 45-66
    3. Patricia C. Wright, Elizabeth M. Erhart, Stacey Tecot, Andrea L. Baden, Summer J. Arrigo-Nelson, James Herrera et al.
      Pages 67-100
  4. America

  5. Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
  6. Africa

  7. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Tim Clutton-Brock
      Pages 437-449
    3. Peter M. Kappeler, David P. Watts
      Pages E1-E4
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 451-460

About this book


Some primate field studies have been on-going for decades, covering significant portions of individual life cycles or even multiple generations. In this volume, leading field workers report on the history and infrastructure of their projects in Madagascar, Africa, Asia and South America. More importantly, they provide summaries of their long-term research efforts on primate behaviour, ecology and life history, highlighting insights that were only possible because of the long-term nature of the study. The chapters of this volume collectively outline the many scientific reasons for studying primate behaviour, ecology and demography over multiple generations. This kind of research is typically necessitated by the relatively slow life histories of primates. Moreover, a complete understanding of social organization and behaviour, factors often influenced by rare but important events, requires long-term data collection. Finally, long-term field projects are also becoming increasingly important foci of local conservation activities.


behavior ecology field studies long-term studies primates

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter M. Kappeler
    • 1
  • David P. Watts
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. of Behavioral EcologyUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Dept. AnthropologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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