HEB Faculty

Roberto Delgado

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
E-mail: radelgad@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4395
Office: GFS 120

Personal Website


  • B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 1996
  • Ph.D. Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, Duke University, 2003

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    Tenure Track Appointments
    • Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College, The City University of New York, 2003-2007  
    Visiting and Temporary Appointments
    • Adjunct Graduate Faculty - Anthropology, The City University of New York Graduate Center, 2007-  
    Other Employment
    • Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Southern California, 2008-  
    • Associate Editor, The Journal of Human Evolution, 2008-2011  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    My primary research interest has been to utilize an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the basis of human social behavior. I now focus on sexual selection, the evolution of communication, and geographic variation. I study these topics from an ecological and evolutionary perspective, examining social structure, vocal signaling and reproductive strategies among extant primates in the wild and exploring the implications for early human societies and their ancestors.
    Research Keywords
    Non-human Primates, Communication, Sexual Selection, Social Organization, Behavioral Flexibility, Geographic Variation, Ecology, Wildlife Conservation
    Research Specialties
    Primates; vocal communication; sexual selection; geographic variation; conservation

    Other Research

    • Antipredator behavior in red langurs at the Wehea Protected Forest., 2010-  
    • The behavioral ecology of Aders’ and Suni duikers on Mnemba Island, 2010-  
    • Behavioral flexibility in fruit-eating primates: Coping with scarcity, 2009-  
    • The physical properties of East Bornean orangutan foods, 2009-  
    • An examination of geographic distribution, relative population abundance, and behavioral flexibility among neotropical primates in northeastern Costa Rica., 2008-  
    • Desert tortoise surveying and monitoring, Fort Irwin Study Site, Spring 2010   
    • Assessment of primate biodiversity and orangutan conservation status in East Kalimantan, Indonesia., Spring 2008   

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371