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Roberto Antonio Delgado

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-4395
Office: GFS 120

Personal Website


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

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   
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