Erin P. Riley

Erin P. Riley is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University, and is currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Primatologists. Drawing from primatology, conservation ecology, and sociocultural and environmental anthropology, her research focuses on primate behavioral and ecological flexibility in the face of anthropogenic change and the conservation implications of the ecological and cultural interconnections between human and nonhuman primates. With notable publications in American AnthropologistEvolutionary AnthropologyAmerican Journal of Primatology, and Oryx, her work spearheaded the field of “ethnoprimatology.” Dr. Riley is also interested in the ethics of primate fieldwork, and was a leading member of an international steering committee that produced the Code of Best Practices for Field Primatology. Her field research on the interface between humans and macaques (Macaca spp.) in Indonesia and Florida has been funded by the National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the National Science Foundation, and the American Institute for Indonesian Studies. Her most recent book, published in September 2019 by Routledge, is titled “The Promise of Contemporary Primatology.”

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