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Margaret Crofoot

Margaret Crofoot

Assistant Professor

PhD, Harvard University, 2008

208 Young Hall One Shields Avenue
Davis , CA 95616

Office Hours for Winter 2017 :

  • Thursday 2-4


  1. Ph.D. Anthropology, Harvard University (2008)
  2. A.M. Anthropology, Harvard University (2003)
  3. B.A. Human Biology, Stanford University (2001)


Recent Publications

Spiegel, O., Crofoot, M.C. 2016. The feedback between where we go and what we know - Information shapes movement, but movement also impacts information acquisition. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 12: 90-96.

Farine, D. R.*, Strandburg-Peshkin*, A., Berger-Wolf, T., Ziebart, B., Brugere, I., Li, J., Crofoot, M.C. 2016. Both Nearest Neighbors and Long-term Affiliates Predict Individual Locations During Collective Movement in Wild Baboons. Scientific Reports. 6: 27704.

McLean, K. A*., Trainor, A. M., Asner, G. P., Crofoot, M. C., Hopkins, M. E., Campbell, C. J., Martin, R. E., Knapp, D. E., Jansen, P. A. 2016. Movement patterns of three arboreal primates in a Neotropical moist forest explained by LiDAR-estimated canopy structure. Landscape Ecology: 1-14. doi:10.1007/s10980-016-0367-9


Strandburg-Peshkin, A.*, Farine, D.*, Couzin, I., Crofoot, M.C. 2015 Shared decision-making drives collective movement in wild baboons. Science. 348(6241): 1358-61.

Kays, R., Crofoot, M.C., Jetz, W., Wikelski, M. 2015. Terrestrial animal tracking as an  eye on life and the planet. Science. 348(6240): aaa2478.

Li, J., Brugere, I., Ziebart, B., Berger-Wolf, T., Crofoot, M., Farine, D.* 2014. Social Information Improves Location Prediction in the Wild. Proceedings of the 15th International Workshop on Trajectory-based Behaviour Analytics (TrBA’15).

Li, Z., Ding, B., Wu, F., Lei, T. K. H., Kays, R., Crofoot, M.C. 2013. Attraction and Avoidance Detection From Movements. Proceedings of the Very Large Database Endowment. 7(3). 

 Herrera, L.L.T.*, Crofoot, M.C. 2013. Los monos cariblancos Cebus capucinus: ¿ por qué usan poco las zonas compartidas de sus áreas de acción? Canto Rodado: Revista especializada en patrimonio. 8: 169-177.

 Li, Z., Wu, F., Crofoot, M.C. 2013. Mining Following Relationships from Movement Data. Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining.

 Mejia, L.A.*, Díaz, O.L.M., Sánchez-Palomino, P., Caillaud, D., Crofoot, M.C. 2013. Spatio-temporal interactions among three neighboring groups of free-ranging White-footed tamarins (Saguinus leucopus) in Colombia.  International Journal of Primatology. 34(6): 1281-1297.

Crofoot, M.C. 2013. The Cost of Defeat: Capuchins groups travel further, faster and later after losing conflicts with neighbors. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 152(1): 79-85.

Crofoot, M.C. 2012. Why mob? Reassessing the costs and benefits of primate predator harassment. Folia Primatologica. 83(3-6):252–  273.

Crofoot, M.C. and Gilby, I.C.  2012. Cheating monkeys undermine group strength in enemy territory. Proceedings of the National  Academy of Sciences. 109(2): 501-505.

Tórrez, L., Robles, N., González, A., and Crofoot, M.C. 2012. Risky business?  Lethal attack by a jaguar sheds light on the costs of  capuchin predator mobbing. International Journal of Primatology. 33(2): 440-446. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-012-9588-1

Boyer, D., Crofoot, M.C., Walsh, P.D. 2012. Nonrandom walks in monkeys and humans. Journal of the Royal Society Interface.  DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0582

Walsh, P.D., Boyer, D., and Crofoot, M.C. 2010. Monkey and cell-phone-user mobilities scale similarly. Nature Physics, 6(12): 928-930.

Kays, R., Tilak, S., Crofoot, M.C., Fountain, T., Obando, D., Ortega, A., Kuemmeth, F., Mandel, J., Swenson, G., Lambert, T., Hirsch,  T., Wikelski, M. 2011. Tracking animal location and activity with an Automated Radio Telemetry System in a tropical rainforest. The  Computer Journal.

Crofoot, M. C., Rubenstein, D. I., Maiya, A. S., Berger-Wolf, T. Y. 2011. Aggression, grooming and group-level cooperation in white-  faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus): Insights from Social Networks. American Journal of Primatology, 73(8): 821-833.

Caillaud, D., Crofoot, M. C., Scarpino, S. V., Jansen, P., Garzon-Lopez, C. X., Winkelhagen, A., Bohlman, S. A., Walsh, P. D. 2010. Modeling the spatial distribution and fruiting pattern of a key tree species in a neotropical forest: methodology and potential  applications. PLoS ONE, 5 (11): e15002.

Crofoot, M. C., Lambert, T. D., Kays, R., and Wikelski, M. C. 2010. Does watching a monkey change its behavior? Quantifying observer effects in habituated wild primates using automated radio telemetry. Animal Behaviour, 80: 475-480.

Crofoot M. C., Norton T. M., Lessnau R. G., Viner T. C., Chen T. C., Mazzaro L. M.,Yabsley M. J. 2009. Field anesthesia and health  assessment of free ranging white faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus) in Panama. International Journal of Primatology, 30:  125-141.

Crofoot, M. C., Gilby, I. C., Wikelski, M. C., Kays, R. W. 2008. Interaction location outweighs the competitive advantage of numerical  superiority in Cebus capucinus intergroup contests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(2): 577-581.

Crofoot, M. C. 2007. Mating and feeding competition in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus):  The importance of short-  and long-term strategies. Behaviour, 144: 1473-1495.

Wrangham, R. W., Crofoot, M. C., Lundy, R., and Gilby, I. 2007. Use of overlap zones among group-living primates: a test of the risk  hypothesis. Behaviour, 144: 1599-1619.

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