Associate Professor of Anthropology
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B.A. University of Illinois
M.A. Southern Illinois University
M.Phil. Yale University
Ph.D. Yale University
Post-doc. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • Human Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Evolution
  • Anthropological Genetics
  • Monkey Love: The Evolution of Primate Sexuality

Primate behavioral ecology, population genetics, quantitative genetics, demography, life history theory, primate locomotion, evolutionary theory


Lawler RR (2011) Demographic concepts and research pertaining to the study of wild primate populations. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 53: 63-85.

DiFiore T, Lawler RR, Gagneaux P (2011) Molecular primatology. In: CJ Campbell, A Fuentes, KC MacKinnon, M Panger, SK Bearder (eds.) Primates in Perspective (2/e) Oxford University Press, Oxford. pp 390-416.

Wunderlich RE, Lawler RR, Williams AE. Field and experimental approaches to the study of locomotor ontogeny in Propithecus verreauxi. (2011) In: D’Aout, K. and Vereecke, E.E. (eds) Studying Primate Locomotion: Linking in situ and ex situ Research. New York, Springer.

Lawler RR (2011) Feeding competition, cooperation, and the causes of primate sociality: A comment on the model proposed by Sussman et al. American Journal of Primatology 73: 84-90.

Bradley BJ, Lawler RR (2011) Linking genotypes, phenotypes and fitness in wild primate populations. Evolutionary Anthropology 20: 109-114.

Lawler RR, Blomquist GE (2010) Multivariate selection theory in primatology: An introduction to the concepts and literature. Open Anthropology Journal 3: 206-229

Lawler RR, (2009) Monogamy, monomorphism, and mechanisms of sexual dimorphism. Journal of Human Evolution 57: 321-325.

Lawler RR (2008) Morphological integration and natural selection in the postcranium of wild sifaka. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 136: 204-213.

Lawler RR, Richard AF, Riley MA (2003) Genetic population structure of the white sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi) in southwest Madagascar. Molecular Ecology 12: 2307-2317.

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