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New faculty position for alumna Eva Wikberg (PhD '12)

Friday, March 9, 2018

Congratulations to alumna Eva Wikberg (PhD '12) who has been hired as an Assistant Professor in primate conservation at the Department of Anthropology, The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Eva Wikberg is a behavioral and molecular ecologist who investigates the evolution of dispersal and mating patterns. She is particularly interested in how these patterns affect social and genetic structure, and ultimately fitness and population viability. Eva completed her PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Calgary working with Pascale Sicotte. Her doctoral research revealed how female colobus dispersal patterns and social bonds are flexible and may respond to environmental changes. She was a Japan Society for Promotion of Science postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo. Her postdoctoral research showed how female choice for unrelated mates may promote the evolution of cooperation among unrelated males in white-faced capuchins. She is now a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches Evolution and Animal Behavior. Her future goal is to understand the causes and consequences of behavioral flexibility and whether this flexibility in combination with genetic variation are sufficient for critically endangered primates like Colobus vellerosus to cope with the rapid environmental changes that they experience.

We wish her continued success!