Katharine M. Jack Professor Department of Anthropology Tulane University

Katharine M. Jack

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
416 Dinwiddie Hall


PhD from the University of Alberta


Professor Jack received her PhD from the University of Alberta in 2001 and joined the Tulane Anthropology faculty in 2003. She is a primate behavioral ecologist whose research examines the influence of dispersal patterns on male sociality and cooperation, male reproductive strategies, and hormonal correlates of male dominance rank and life history status. Prof. Jack has studied a number of different primate species throughout her career, though the bulk of her research focuses on a population of white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus) in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica. Her collaborative research makes use of long-term demographic, life history, behavioral, and biological data (including microsatellites, major histocompatibility genes, and hormones). In addition, since beginning her studies in Santa Rosa, she has been intimately involved in the on-going study tracking the effects of forest protection and regeneration on the capuchin and howler monkeys in the park.


Biological Anthropology; Primatology; Behavior Ecology; Socioendocrinology; Neotropical Primates; Costa Rica