Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2019
    Humboldt Professor, University of Konstanz, Department of Biology

  • Since 2019
    Director Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies

  • 2017 – 2019
    Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

  • 2013-2017 Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Davis

  • Since 2013
    Board of Directors, ICARUS Initiative (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space)

  • Since 2010
    Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Institute, Panama


  • 2008
    Ph.D. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Department of Anthropology

  • 2003
    A.M. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Department of Anthropology

  • 2001
    B.A. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Program in Human Biology, with honors

Selected publications

  • Monteza, C.M.*, Crofoot, M.C., Grote, M., Jansen, P. 2020. Increased terrestriality in a Neotropical primate living on islands with reduced predation risk. Journal of Human Evolution. 143: 102768.

  • Barrett, B.J.*, Monteza-Moreno, C.M.*, Dogandžic, T., Zwyns, N., Ibáñez, A., Crofoot, M.C. 2018. Habitual stone-tool aided extractive foraging in white-faced capuchins, Cebus capucinus. Royal Society Open Science. 5(8): 181002. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.181002.

  • Farine, D. R.*, Strandburg-Peshkin, A.*, Couzin, I., Berger-Wolf , T., Crofoot, M. C. 2017. Individual variation in local interaction rules can explain emergent patterns of spatial organisation in wild baboons. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284: 20162243.

  • Strandburg-Peshkin*, A., Farine, D. R.*, Crofoot, M.C., Couzin, I. 2017. Habitat and social factors shape individual decisions and emergent group structures during baboon collective movement. eLife. 6: e19505.

  • Spiegel, O., Crofoot, M.C. 2016. The feedback between where we go and what we know – Information shapes movement, but movement also impacts information acquisition. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 12: 90-96.

  • Strandburg-Peshkin, A.*, Farine, D.*, Couzin, I., Crofoot, M.C. 2015 Shared decision-making drives collective movement in wild baboons. Science. 348(6241): 1358-61.

  • Kays, R., Crofoot, M.C., Jetz, W., Wikelski, M. 2015. Terrestrial animal tracking as an eye on life and the planet. Science. 348(6240): aaa2478

  • Crofoot, M.C. and Gilby, I.C. 2012. Cheating monkeys undermine group strength in enemy territory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109(2): 501-505.

  • Crofoot, M. C., Gilby, I. C., Wikelski, M. C., Kays, R. W. 2008. Interaction location outweighs the competitive advantage of numerical superiority in Cebus capucinus intergroup contests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(2): 577-581.

  • Farine, D. R.*, Strandburg-Peshkin*, A., Berger-Wolf, T., Ziebart, B., Brugere, I., Li, J., Crofoot, M.C. 2016. Both Nearest Neighbors and Long-term Affiliates Predict Individual Locations During Collective Movement in Wild Baboons. Scientific Reports. 6: 27704.

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