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Lambert, Joanna E Professor

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  • Professor Lambert is an evolutionary ecologist. Her research program centers on plant-animal interactions, mammal nutritional biology, and the natural selection of feeding-related adaptations in mammals, especially Primates and Carnivora. Since 1991, Professor Lambert has conducted research at her primary field site (Kibale National Park, Uganda) on questions related to: the evolution of feeding-related clade-level traits (e.g., digestive physiology, gut microbes, and diet), community interactions among mammals and plants, species coexistence, and biodiversity conservation. She is increasingly addressing these research questions in North America as well, with a focus on carnivore resilience in anthropogenic landscapes and feeding biology. Professor Lambert interprets her behavioral and ecological data collected in the field with physiological, genetic, and nutritional chemistry data collected in the laboratory.

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  • plant-animal interactions, community ecology, feeding-related anatomy and physiology, nutritional ecology, conservation biology, mammals in anthropogenic landscapes, Primates, Carnivora, Africa, North America

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Teaching

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  • ANTH 3005 - Dogs, Wolves and Human Evolution
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Domestication of dogs from wolves started many tens of thousands of years ago. Explores the domestication process, wild wolf behavior, dog behavior, genetics of dog breeding, the cultural significance of dogs, the complexity of human-wolf interactions in North America and Europe and dog cognition in a larger comparative framework, including chimpanzees and other primates.
  • ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 5020.
  • ANTH 4120 - Advanced Biological Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Selected topics in physical anthropology emphasizing faculty specialties. Topics may include population genetics and its application to understanding modern human diversity, human population biology, and primate ecology and evolution. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2010 or ANTH 2020 or EBIO 1210 or EBIO 1220. Same as ANTH 5120.
  • ANTH 5120 - Advanced Biological Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Selected topics in physical anthropology emphasizing faculty specialties. Topics may include population genetics and its application to understanding modern human diversity, human population biology, and primate ecology and evolution. Check with department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 4120.
  • EBIO 4460 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Familiarizes students with specialized areas of biology. May be repeated up to 15 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: EBIO 1210 and EBIO 1220 and EBIO 1230 and EBIO 1240 (minimum grade C-). Same as EBIO 5460.
  • ENVS 1000 - Introduction to Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Surveys environmental studies, examining ecological, socioeconomic, political, aesthetic, and technological factors that influence the quality of life on Earth. Required for ENVS majors.
  • ENVS 4100 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Various topics not normally covered in the curriculum: offered depending on student demand and specialties of faculty. Applied to specialization requirement for Environmental Studies major. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours, provided the topics vary.
  • ENVS 5000 - Policy, Science, and the Environment
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduction to methodologies of the policy sciences with emphasis on applications to environmental issues; role of science in decision making; professional roles and responsibilities as a policy analyst.

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