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Alexander H. Harcourt

Alexander H. Harcourt

Professor Emeritus

Professor, PhD, Cambridge University, 1977

Department of Anthropology, Ecology Graduate Group
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA
Telephone: (530) 756-1364
Fax: (530) 297-7363

Office Phone: (530) 756-1364


I obtained my degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK. Teaching, research and fieldwork have taken me to the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the National University of Rwanda at Butare, Rwanda, the Primate Research Institute of the University of Kyoto at Inuyama, Japan, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, the Karisoke Research Centre in the Virunga Volcano region of Rwanda, Uganda and Zaire, the Bwindi Forest in Uganda, and the forests of S.E. Nigeria.

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Research Interests
My past  interests and work (I have worked in the field since the early seventies) include: vertebrate, especially primate, especially gorilla socio-ecology; functional reproductive anatomy; cooperation as a competitive strategy; and social aspects of vocal communication. Current main interests are the evolutionary biology of extinction, biogeography, conservation science, and macroecology. Most of the time, non-human primates have been the taxon that provides my database, but with my 2012 'Human Biogeography', I have become more of an anthropos logist.

Please note, I am not taking new graduates.

Recent Publications
2015 - A.H.H. Humankind. How Biology and Geography Shape Human Diversity. pp. 324. Pegasus Books.
2013 - AHH & Meijaard, E. A preliminary test of a prediction from the rafting hypothesis for the presence of non-flying mammals on islands. Journal of Indonesian Natural History, 1, 23-36.
2012 - A.H.H. Human Biogeography. pp. 319. University of California Press, Berkeley.
2012  - A.H.H. & Wood, M.A. Rivers as barriers to primate distributions in Africa. International Journal of Primatology, 33, 168-183.
2012. Isbell, L.A., Young, T.P. & A.H.H. Stag parties linger: continued gender bias in a female-rich scientific discipline. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49682, 4 pp.

For a full list from 2000, go to:

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