James Higham

James Higham


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Areas of Research/Interest

Primate socio-ecology; life-history; sexual and social strategies and conflict; behavioral endocrinology; animal communication; conservation of biological diversity.


As Editor

Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A (Eds). 2013. Multimodal Communication.
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 (9)

Higham, J.P. & Semple, S. (Eds). 2013. Primate signals.
American Journal of Primatology 75 (7)

Higham, J.P. (Ed). 2009. Primate coloration: measurement, mechanisms and function.
International Journal of Primatology 30 (6)

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

Higham, J.P. Multimodal Communication. In: The missing lemur link: an ancestral step in human evolution (Palagi, E. & Norscia I).
Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. In Press

Higham, J.P. 2013. How does honest costly signaling work?
Behavioral Ecology DOI: 10.1093/beheco/art097

Higham, J.P. Primate visual signals.
McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2014. In Press

Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A. 2013. An introduction to multimodal communication.
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 1381-1388

Wilson A., Dean, M. & Higham, J.P. 2013. A game theoretic approach to multimodal communication.
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 1399-1415

Higham, J.P., Pfefferle, D., Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D. & Stevens, M. 2013. Signaling in multiple modalities in male rhesus macaques: barks and sex skin coloration in relation to androgen levels, social status and mating behavior. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 1457-1469

Semple, S. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Primate signals: Current issues and perspectives.
American Journal of Primatology 75 613-620

Allen, W.L. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Analyzing visual signals as visual scenes.
American Journal of Primatology 75 664-682

Rigaill, L., Higham, J.P., Lee, PC., Blin, A. & Garcia, C. 2013. Multimodal sexual signaling and mating behavior in olive baboons (Papio anubis).
American Journal of Primatology 75 774-787

Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M. & Maestripieri, D. 2013. The endocrinology of male rhesus macaque social and reproductive status: a test of the challenge and social stress hypotheses.
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 19-30

Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Saggau, C., Agil, M., Perwitasari-Farajallah, D. & Engelhardt, A. 2012. Sexual signaling in the crested macaque and the evolution of primate fertility signals.
BMC Evolutionary Biology 12 89

Warren, Y., Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A. & Ross, C. 2011. Crop-raiding and commensalism: the costs and benefits of living with humans.
In Primates of Gashaka Eds. Sommer, V & Ross, C. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer. Series Ed. Tuttle, R.H.

Ross, C., Warren, Y., MacLarnon, A. & Higham, J.P.  2011. How different are Gashaka’s baboons? A comparison of forest-living and open-country populations.
In Primates of Gashaka Eds. Sommer, V & Ross, C. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer. Series Ed. Tuttle, R.H.

Mandalaywala, T.M., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Infant bystanders modulate the effects of ovarian hormones on socio-sexual behaviour in free-ranging female rhesus macaques.
Behaviour 148 1137-1155

Higham, J.P., Girard-Buttoz, C., Engelhardt, A. & Heistermann, M. 2011 Urinary C-peptide of insulin as a non-invasive marker of nutritional status: some practicalities.
PLoS One 6 e22398

Higham, J.P., Hughes, K.D., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Engelhardt, A., Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D., Santos, L.R & Stevens, M. 2011. Familiarity affects assessment of facial signals of female fertility by free-ranging male rhesus macaques.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278 3452-3458

Hoffman, C.L., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Prendergast, B., Coe, C. & Maestripieri, D. 2011 Immune function and HPA axis activity in free-ranging rhesus macaques.
Physiology and Behavior 104 507-514

Girard-Buttoz, C., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Wedegärtner, S., Maestripieri, D. & Engelhardt, A. 2011. Urinary c-peptide measurement as a marker of nutritional status in macaques.
PLoS One 6 e18042

Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. The energetics of male-male endurance rivalry in rhesus macaques.
Animal Behaviour 81 1001-1007

Higham, J.P., Barr, C.S., Hoffman, C.L., Mandalaywala, T.M., Parker, K.J. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Mu-opioid receptor (OPRM1) variation, oxytocin levels and maternal behavior in free-ranging rhesus macaques.
Behavioral Neuroscience 125 131-136

De Vere, R., Warren, Y., Nicholas, A., MacKenzie, M.E. & Higham, J.P. 2011. Nest site ecology of the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) in the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon, with special reference to anthropogenic influence.
American Journal of Primatology 73 253-261

Higham, J.P. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Revolutionary coalitions in male rhesus macaques.
Behaviour 147 1889-1908

Higham, J.P., Vitale, A.B., Mas-Rivera, A., Ayala, J.E. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Measuring salivary analytes from free-ranging monkeys.
Physiology & Behavior 101 601-607

Hoffman, C.L., Higham, J.P., Mas-Rivera, A., Ayala, J.E. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Terminal investment and senescence in rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago.
Behavioral Ecology 21 972-978

Higham, J.P., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Accamando, A,K., Engelhardt, A., Gerald, M.S., Heistermann, M. & Stevens, M. 2010. Color signal information content and the eye of the beholder: a case study in the rhesus macaque.
Behavioral Ecology 21 739-746

Higham, J.P. MacLarnon, A.M., Heistermann, M., Ross, C. & Semple, S. 2009. Self-directed behaviours and faecal glucocorticoid levels are not correlated in female wild olive baboons.
Stress 12 526-532

Higham, J.P. Primate Coloration – An introduction to the special issue. 2009.
International Journal of Primatology 30 749-751

Marty, J.M., Higham, J.P., Gadsby, E.L., & Ross, C. 2009 Color, dominance and social and sexual behavior in male drills.
International Journal of Primatology 30 807-823

Stevens, M., Stoddard, M.C., & Higham, J.P. 2009. Studying primate color: towards visual system dependent methods.
International Journal of Primatology 30 893-917

Higham, J.P., Semple, S. MacLarnon, A., Heistermann, M. & Ross, C. 2009. Female reproductive signals, and male mating behavior, in the olive baboon.
Hormones and Behavior 55 60-67

Higham, J.P., Warren, Y., Adanu, J. Bubu, U. MacLarnon, A., Sommer, V. & Ross, C. 2009. Living on the edge: Life-history of olive baboons at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria.
American Journal of Primatology 71 293-304

Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A., Ross, C., Heistermann, M. & Semple, S. 2008 Baboon sexual swellings: Information content of size and color.
Hormones and Behavior 53 452-462

Higham, J.P. Heistermann, M., Ross, C., Semple, S. & MacLarnon, A. 2008. The timing of ovulation with respect to sexual swelling detumescence in wild olive baboons.
Primates 49 295-299

Higham, J.P., Ross, C., Warren, Y., Heistermann, M. & MacLarnon, A. 2007 Reduced reproductive function in wild baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) related to natural consumption of the African black plum (Vitex doniana).
Hormones and Behavior 52 384-390

Asakura, T., Umemura, K.,  Nakazawa, Y., Hirose, H., Higham, J.P. & Knight, D. 2007 Some observations on the structure and function of the spinning apparatus in the silkworm Bombyx mori.
Biomacromolecules 8 175-181

Higham, J.P. & Gosler, A.G. 2006 Speckled eggs: water loss and incubation behaviour in the Great tit Parus major.
Oecologia 149 561-570

Gosler, A.G., Higham, J.P. & Reynolds, S.J. 2005 Why are birds’ eggs speckled?
Ecology Letters 8: 1105-1113

Current News / Projects
Updated December 2012

As a new faculty member at NYU in 2012, I have been setting up a new group and lab within the Dept. of Anthropology. Currently this consists of Will Allen (post-doc), Constance Dubuc (post-doc) and Sandra Winters (PhD student). We will be looking to expand this in the coming few years. Will and I have started  a new large project on guenon facial pattern evolution, while Constance has continued our ongoing work on the Cayo Santiago rhesus macaque population, undertaking around 8 months of fieldwork. Sandra has been busy with classes and formulating her ideas for her dissertation. 2012 also saw the start of the furnishing and development of the Dept’s new endocrinology lab (PHaB Lab = Primate Hormones and Behavior Lab), which will be completed in early 2013. We collected our first samples from Cayo Santiago, which will be measured in Spring 2013 for concentrations of urinary C-peptide of insulin.

In Spring 2012 I taught a redesigned undergraduate Primate Behavioral Ecology class, and in Fall 2012 I taught a new undergraduate class on Primate Communication, while also teaching on the graduate NYCEP core behavior module. I have also given a number of invited talks in 2012, including seminars in Yale’s Dept. of Anthropology, UPenn’s Dept. of Psychology, Columbia’s behavioral neuroscience series, Columbia’s E3B (Ecology, Evolution, Environment) series, CUNY’s Dept. of Anthropology colloquium, Stony Brook’s behavioral ecology group series, and a New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute roundtable on Animal Language. I also attended and gave talks at the American Association of Physical Anthropology meeting in Portland, and the International Primatological Society’s congress in Cancun.

I have also been kept busy with a range of Editorial work, with my role as Associate Editor of International Journal of Primatology, as well as roles as a Guest Editor at Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology and American Journal of Primatology. The resulting special issues will be published in 2013.

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