— Indiana University
Undergraduate Discussion Lunch with Evolutionary Anthropologist David Watts
October 3, 2012
David Watts, professor of anthropology at Yale University, researches the behavior and ecology of nonhuman primates. He has done fieldwork in Panama, Rwanda, and Uganda with capuchin monkeys, mountain gorillas, and chimpanzees. His collaboration with Dr. Jeremiah Lwanga and Dr. John Mitani studying chimpanzees at Ngogo in Uganda's Kibale National Park has advanced understanding of the behavior and ecology of wild chimpanzees, including the complex male social relationships, variation in diets and community size, hunting and meat sharing, and aggression between chimpanzee communities. Students came together for an informal undergraduate lunch to learn more about Watts' research and what his findings tell us about primates in the wild, as well as about humans.