The Ethogram is the official blog of the UC Davis Animal Behavior Graduate Group. Our goal is to bring you exciting animal behavior research from UC Davis and around the world.


What is an Ethogram? An ethogram is a list or catalogue of behaviors that are being studied in animal behavior research, or ethology.



IMG_2876Alexandra McInturf studies the effect of environmental factors on movement in elasmobranch predators (sharks, skates and rays), emphasizing its relevance to conservation. As a graduate student in Animal Behavior at UC Davis, her research focuses on using acoustic biotelemetry to track basking shark and flapper skate movement in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Neetha Iyer is interested in the interplay between animal disease ecology IMG_2593
and sociality. She currently studies the effects of ranging patterns and social behavior on parasite dynamics in Central African gorilla populations. Prior research includes mangrove snail parasitism, pipefish foraging ecology, and mammalian ecomorphology. She is a graduate student in the evolutionary wing of the Department of Anthropology and is passionate about diversity in STEM fields.

IMG_5110Amelia Munson is interested in an animal’s behavioral responses to human induced changes in the environment. In particular she is studying how parental care can prepare offspring for the introduction of novel predators. She works with stickleback, a species of fish where the father engages in parental care of the newborn fry.

IMG_2385 Meredith LutzMeredith Lutz is interested in the interplay between social behavior and conservation. Previously, she studied the evolutionary function of play behavior in several species of monkeys. Currently, she studies the nature and drivers of seasonal social network plasticity, focusing on several species of lemurs (primates from Madagascar).

EthogramAdrian Perez is fascinated by natural selection. As an undergraduate, he worked on assessing interspecific and intraspecific visual variation in Daphnia using a visually mediated behavior. Chiefly interested in the evolution of social behavior, he now plans on studying the evolutionary and ecological consequences of behavioral syndromes in eusocial bees and ants.

Alexander Vining is a third year in the Animal Behavior Graduate
Group Headshotstudying spatial memory and navigation, with an emphasis on primates. He loves being in the field, previously working in the Ugalla region of Tanzania, and now planning a field season on Barro Colorado Island in Panama. Alexander is also interested in new methods for 
modelling and statistical analysis, and hopes to combine advances in these topics with his fieldwork to answer new questions about how animals move and plan routes in their natural habitats. 


Allison Lau is a first year student in the Animal Behavior Graduate Group, who studies monogamy in non-human primates. Her current research focuses on coppery titi monkey duet vocalizations as a reinforcer of pair-bonding, but she has worked with gibbons, rhesus macaques, and baboons previously.

Victoria Farrar is our social media editor and a third year in Animal Behavior Graduate Group. She is interested in the physiological mechanics “under the hood”victoria_urban_birds of animal behavior. Her current research looks at how parental care affects reproduction and stress, using birds as a model.


Grace Davis studies the behavioral ecology of wild primates in Africa and Central America. Previously, she has worked with migrating Monarch butterflies, territorial lizards, and Burmese Python heart DNA. She is a graduate student in evolutionary anthropology at UC Davis, focusing her research on primate collective ecology, group decision making, modeling of social behavior, and foraging strategies.

Josephine Hubbard applies social network analysis to JAH_field_photo_capuchinaddress conservation issues of wild non-human primates. She is interested in how primates respond to changing environments and how anthropogenic influences may affect their physical, social, and reproductive behavior. More specific interests include the effects of crop-raiding, ecotourism, shared land use, and disease transmission in several species of macaques in Central and Southeast Asia.


Karli Chudeau is in the Animal Behavior Graduate Group and a part of the UC Davis Center for Animal Welfare. She is interested in conservation management and assessing animal welfare in wildlife rehabilitation settings. Her current research examines how we can use behavioral management interventions, such as environmental enrichment, to improve reintroduction success with pinnipeds.

Caitlin Hawley graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees
in Biological Cait Near CliffAnthropology and Psychology and a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has lived in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Gabon where she has worked on projects ranging from examining movement ecology in geladas to community conservation in Western African rainforests. She is an affiliate of the Animal Behavior Graduate Group at UCD and will be attending a Masters program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at KU Leuven in Belgium this coming fall. Her interests include exploring discrepancies in parental investment which may play a role in infant development and life history trade-offs. She enjoys hiking, biking, yoga, and reading out of doors.

Editors Emeritus

Kelly Finn is interested in the intersection of complexity science and animal behavior, specifically in fractal-like patterns in individual behavior sequences and social network structure. Her current research involves rhesus macaques, but she has previously studied a variety of species, from tadpoles to elephants.


1922144_10153892940490461_23828474_nRyane Logsdon is interested in sexual selection, cooperative, and altruistic behaviors. She has researched display behavior in Anolis lizards, cognition in American Crows, and is currently studying mating behavior on the lekking Greater Sage Grouse.


Our logo was created by Young Ha Suh for The Ethogram and is used with her permission.


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