Fernando Campos

Fernando Campos

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

University of Texas at San Antonio

Understanding and predicting the effects climate change, habitat loss, and other human disturbances on natural populations is one of the grand challenges for today’s natural scientists.

My research is in the broad area of behavioral responses to changing environments, both ecological and social. We still do not fully understand the limits of behavioral flexibility or whether adaptive responses will be sufficient to keep pace with rapidly changing environmental conditions. These gaps in our understanding motivate the goals of my research: to shed light on the limits, consequences, and evolutionary roots of flexible responses to environments that change in time or space.

I study natural primate populations, including white-faced capuchins in Costa Rica’s Área de Conservación Guanacaste and savannah baboons in the Amboseli ecosystem of East Africa. I also do comparative research with the Primate Life History Database.

Interests

  • Behavioral ecology
  • Life histories
  • Biodemography
  • Global change
  • Primates

Education

  • PhD in Biological Anthropology, 2014

    University of Calgary

  • MA in Biological Anthropology, 2008

    University of Calgary

  • BSc in Biology, 2002

    California Institute of Technology

Other Recent Publications

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High Social Status Males Experience Accelerated Epigenetic Aging in Wild Baboons

Aging, for virtually all life, is inescapable. However, within populations, biological aging rates vary. Understanding sources of …

Maternal Death and Offspring Fitness in Multiple Wild Primates

Primate offspring often depend on their mothers well beyond the age of weaning, and offspring that experience maternal death in early …

The Evolutionary Landscape of Primate Longevity

Is it possible to slow the rate of aging, or do biological constraints limit its plasticity? We test this “invariant rate of …

Primate Life History, Social Dynamics, Ecology, and Conservation: Contributions from Long-Term Research in Área de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Research on non-human primates in the endangered tropical dry forest of Sector Santa Rosa (SSR), Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG), …

Selected Projects

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Aging

How do health and behavior vary over the life course?

Foraging and nutritional ecology

How and why animals select their foods.

Population Dynamics

Tracking long-term changes in primate populations.

Climate variability and vital rates

How do climate fluctuations affect survival and fertility?

Primate Life History Database

An exceptional archive of primate life history data.

Early Life Adversity

To what extent can primates overcome a bad start in life?

Environmental Stressors

Responses to challenging climates and landscapes.

Movement Ecology

Understanding the drivers of animal space use.

Social Bonds

Are life outcomes affected by differences in social support?

Predation risk

Navigating a landscape of fear.

Dispersal and kinship

Differential access to kin as a driver of dispersal decisions.

Conservation Priorities

Conservation guidance for critically endangered primates.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Long-term Animal Research Seminar Series

Principal Investigator

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Fernando Campos

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Behavioral ecology, Life histories, Biodemography, Global change, Primates

Graduate Students

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Kaylie McNeil

PhD Student

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Jenna Owens

PhD Student

Contact

  • fernando.campos@utsa.edu
  • One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
  • Office 4.03.20 on the fourth floor of the McKinney Humanities building