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Stephanie Etting

Stephanie Etting
2S Young Hall Department of Anthropology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616, USA


  1. B.S. Anthropology (2003) University of California, Davis
  2. M.A. Anthropology (2006) University of California, Davis
  3. Ph.D. Anthropology (2011) University of California, Davis



Primate behavioral ecology, primate evolution, comparative primate behavior and morphology, antipredator behavior, hominin evolution

Dr. Lynne Isbell (advisor)

Research Interests

I am interested in several areas of anthropology, including primatology, primate and human evolution. My dissertation research focuses on primate antipredator behavior. In particular, I investigate differences between Old World monkeys, New World monkeys, and Prosimians in their dealings with snakes, as well as individual differences in antipredator behavior and use of alarm calling in communicating about predators. I perform behavioral experiments with captive primates at the California National Primate Research Center, the Oakland Zoo, and Safari West.


CV (pdf)


Courses taught

Summer 2007

  • Ant 151 - Primate Evolution (co-taught with Brianne Beisner)
  • Ant 152 - Human Evolution (co-taught with Brianne Beisner)

Summer 2008

  • Ant 151 - Primate Evolution
  • Ant 199 - Special Topic (Primate Communication)

Summer 2009

  • Ant 151 - Primate Evolution

Spring 2010

  • Ant 54 - Introduction to Primatology

Summer 2010

  • Ant 151 - Primate Evolution (Summer Session II)

Summer 2011

  • Ant 151 - Primate Evolution (Summer Session I)




  • Etting, SF and LA Isbell (in prep) Implications of Snake Hunting Style on Activity Budgets and Antipredator Vigilance in Rhesus Macaques.
  • Etting, SF and LA Isbell (in prep) Using Snake Posture as a means of Threat Assessment in the Antipredator Behavior of Rhesus Macaques.
  • Etting, SF, LA Isbell, and MN Grote (in prep) Evolutionary History with Snakes Shapes Predator Responsiveness in Three Primate Clade. 

Short Article:

  • Etting, S (2008) Bringing an Anthropological Perspective to Prime Time. Current Anthropology 49(3): 361.(pdf)

Article Summaries:

  • Etting, S. (2006) Changes in Primate Dental Topography with Age (Article summary). Current Anthropology 47(5): 705-706.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2006) Weight Gain in Monkey Expectant Fathers (Article summary). Current Anthropology 47(6): 887-888.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2007) Snakes in Primate Evolution (Article summary). Current Anthropology 48(1): 1.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2007) Something Old, Something New (Article summary). Current Anthropology 48(2): 185.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2007) Spread of Social Customs in Captive Chimpanzees (Article summary). Current Anthropology 48(3): 345.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2007) Boys Will Be Boys (Article summary). Current Anthropology 48(4): 471.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2007) Langur Alarm Calls Reflect Group-Member Behavior (Article summary). Current Anthropology 48(5): 633.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2008) Color vision and Insect Capture (Article summary). Current Anthropology 49(1): 4.(pdf)
  • Etting, S. (2008) And Mom’s Your Uncle (Article summary). Current Anthropology 49(2): 167.(pdf)
  • Etting, S (2008) Assessing the Adaptive Significance of Neanderthal Morphology (Article summary). Current Anthropology 49(3) 359.(pdf)
  • Etting, S (2008) Female Dominance in Lemurs (Article summary). Current Anthropology 49(4): 541.(pdf)
  • Etting, S (2008) Benefits of Eating Dirt (Article summary). Current Anthropology 49(5): 768.(pdf)


  • Etting, SF and Isbell, LA (2009) Seeing Snakes: Differential Distance to Detection in Three Primate Species. American Journal of Primatology 71(Suppl.): 89 (pdf)