PhD Candidate

E-mail: laura.abondano@utexas.edu

Twitter: @laabondano

Laura is interested in the evolution of male and female sexual strategies in primates. Her dissertation research focuses on female reproductive strategies in wild lowland woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha poeppigii) at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador. For her project, Laura is combining behavioral, endocrinological, and genetic data to explore the relationship between sexual behaviors and female reproductive status. She is also looking at how patterns of paternity might be influenced by female mate choice. For her Master’s, Laura conducted a parentage analysis for a population of Verreaux’s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) as part of the long-term research of Dr. Rebecca Lewis in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar. She has also worked with wild spider monkeys in her home country, Colombia.