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.


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


  • PhD in Biological Anthropology, 2014

    University of Calgary

  • MA in Biological Anthropology, 2008

    University of Calgary

  • BSc in Biology, 2002

    California Institute of Technology