McFarland Lab

My research combines behavioral, ecological, hormone, and body temperature data to investigate individual, population and species differences in physiological competence, particularly in relation to environmental variability and the consequences of sociability. My primary research focuses on vervet monkeys and chacma baboons living in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. These are ideal model organisms for my research because they are obligatorily social, experience a wide temperature range in extreme environments, and manifest a range of specialized social and thermoregulatory adaptations.

I welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students and all those interested in gaining field experience.