Dr. Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi does research in Gujarat, India


Dr. Daniel Goldstein in Belgium


Recently graduated anthropology major continues her work and studies


Dr. Dorothy Hodgson and Maasai activist Ndini Kimesera Sikar at the U.N. in NYC


Student discusses honors poster on “Undocumented Mexican Women in New Brunswick”


Dr. David Hughes at Fukushima Workshop, Tokyo


Graduate student meets orangutan as a T.A. in Borneo with Rutgers Study Abroad "Primates, Ecology and Conservation in Indonesia"


Student discusses Honors work at historic site in Trappe, PA with Chair, Dr. Craig Feibel

Erin R. Vogel


(PhD, Stony Brook University, 2004; Associate Professor SAS and CHES, Graduate Director, Anthropology) Primate feeding ecology, functional morphology, digestive efficiency, protein balance, and energetics, the evolution of cooperation and coalition formation; Costa Rica, Central America; Central Kalimantan and Sumatra, Indonesia ev140@anthropology.rutgers.edu


Erin R. Vogel

Email Address:ev140@anthropology.rutgers.edu
Fax: 732-932-1564
Web page

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology and Center for Human Evolutionary Studies
Graduate Program Director, Anthropology
Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution
New Brunswick , NJ 08901



Stony Brook University. Stony Brook, NY. Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution, 2004
Dissertation Title: “The Ecological Basis of Aggression in White-faced Capuchin Monkeys, Cebus capucinus, in a Costa Rican Dry Forest”
Advisor: Charles H. Janson
Dissertation Committee: Ivan Chase, John Fleagle, Andreas Koenig, Carel van Schaik
Colby College, Waterville, ME. B.A. Magna cum laude. 1995
Biology with an Environmental Science Concentration.


My research interests cover a broad array of topics that revolve around the central theme of how primates are able to acquire the food resources they need for survival. As a primate dietary ecologist, I am interested in the factors that influence food acquisition and diet selection in non-human primates. In particular, I am interested in how primates have adapted to maximize energy intake, in face of variable environments. I answer research questions revolving around diet selection and energy acquisition in non-human primates by examining the behavior, morphology, and physiology of my study animals within an ecological context. 

Current Research Projects

1.    Digestive efficiency, protein balance, and energetics in non-human primates
2.    Understanding the factors that affect geographic variation in orangutan diet selection
3.    Diet selection and foraging efficiency in non-human primates
4.    Functional ecology and the evolution of hominoid craniodental morphology
5.    Coalitions and the evolution of cooperation


2011-2013    The US Fish and Wildlife Great Ape Fund               
2010-2011    The George Washington University Travel Award           
2009-2010    University of California Santa Cruz Professional Development Grant   
2008-2009    National Science Foundation Research Grant (PI)           
2008-2009    Denver Zoological Foundation Research Grant (PI)           
2007-2011    National Science Foundation Research Grant (PI)            
2007-2010    L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (PI)                   
2007            UCSC University Council-American Federation of Teachers       
2005-2006    L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (PI)               
2005            Denver Zoological Foundation Research Grant (PI)           
2001            National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (CoPI)   
2001            Organization of Tropical Studies Emily P. Foster Fellowship (PI)       
2000            L.S.B. Leakey Foundation Research Grant (CoPI)               
1999            Organization of Tropical Studies Emily P. Foster Fellowship (PI)   
1999-2000    Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship   
1999            Slobodkin Research Award: Stony Brook University(PI)       
1999            Sokal Travel Award, Stony Brook University (PI)           
1995            Webster Chester Biology Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, Colby College


Articles in Refereed Journals: 

Chalk, J. and Vogel, E.R. 2012. Insights into primate dietary ecology: methods and theory. International Journal of Primatology. 33(3): 515-519.

Vogel, E.R., Knott, C.D., Crowley, B.E. , Blakely, M.D. , Larsen, M., Dominy, N.J. 2012. Bornean orangutans on the brink of protein bankruptcy. Biology Letters. 8(3): 333-336.

Vogel, E.R., Crowley, B.E. , Knott, C.D., Blakely, M.D. , Larsen, M., Dominy, N.J. 2012. A method for measuring nitrogen balance in free ranging primates. International Journal of Primatology. 33(3): 567-587.

Lucas, P.W., Constantino, P.J., Vogel, E.R., Chalk, J., Talebi, M., Wagner, M. 2012. Measuring the toughness of primate foods and its ecological value. International Journal of Primatology. 33(3): 598-610.

Vogel, E. R., Crowley, B. E., Knott, C. D., Blakely, M. D., Larsen, M., Dominy, N. J. A method for measuring nitrogen balance in free ranging primates. In press. International Journal of Primatology

Lucas, P.W., Constantino, P.J., Vogel, E.R., Chalk, J., Talebi, M., Wagner, M. Measuring the toughness of primate foods and its ecological value. In press. International Journal of Primatology.

Crowley, B. E.,Thorén, S., Rasoazanabary, E., Vogel, E.R., Barrett, M.A., Zohdy, S., Blanco, M.B., McGoogan, K.C., Arrigo-Nelson, S.J., Irwin, M.T., Wright, P.C., Radespiel, U., Godfrey, L.R., Koch, P.L., and Dominy, N.J.In press.Geographic isotopic variation in mouse lemur (Microcebus) populations. Journal of Biogeography.

Wich, S., Vogel, E., Larsen, M. Frederiksson, G. Leighton , M., Yeager, C., Brearley, F., van Schaik, C., Marshall, A. 2011. Forest fruit production is higher on Sumatra than on Borneo. PLoS ONE. 6(6): e21278.

Vogel, E. R., Janson, C.H. 2011. Quantifying primate food abundance and distribution for socioecological studies: An objective consumer-centered method. International Journal of Primatology.32: 737-752.

Bastian, M.L.,Zweifel, N., Vogel, E.R., Wich, S.A., van Schaik, C.P. 2010. Diet traditions in wild orangutans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 143(2): 175-187.

Ganzhorn, J.U., Arrigo-Nelson, S., Boinski, S., Bollen, A., Carrai, V., Derby, A., Donati, G., Koenig, A., Kowalewski, M., Lahann, P., Norscia,  I., Polowinsky,  S. Y., Schwitzer, C., Stevenson, P.R., Talebi, M.G., Tan, C., Vogel, E. R., Wright, P.C. 2009. Possible fruit protein effects on primate communities in Madagascar and the Neotropics. PLoS ONE. 4(12): e8253.

Vogel, E. R., Haag, L., Mitra-Setia, T., van Schaik, C. P. and Dominy, N. J. 2009. Foraging and ranging behavior during a fallback episode: Hylobatesalbibarbis and Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii compared. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.140:716–726. 

Ross, C. F., Washington, R.L., Eckhardt, A., Reed, D. A., Vogel, E.R., Dominy, N .J., Machanda, Z. P. 2009.  Ecological consequences of scaling of chew cycle duration and daily feeding time in Primates. Journal of Human Evolution 56:570-585.

Stamatopoulos, G., Sengupta, A. Vogel, E. R., and C. H. Janson. 2009. A game-theoretic model of within-group coalition formation in non-human primates. Journal of Bioeconomics11(2):165-183. 

Harrison, M.E., Vogel, E.R., Morrogh-Bernard, H.C., van Noordwijk, M.A. 2009. Methods for calculating dietary composition compared: A case study using orangutans. American Journal of Primatology71:353–358. 

Dominy, N.J., Vogel, E.R., Yeakel, J.D., Constantino, P., Lucas, P.W.  2008. The mechanical properties of plant underground storage organs and implications for the adaptive radiation and resource partitioning of early hominins. Evolutionary Biology 35(3): 157-175.

Taylor, A.B., Vogel,E.R., Dominy, N.J. 2008. Masticatory biomechanics and food mechanical properties in large-bodied hominoids.Journal of Human Evolution.55(4): 604-616.

Vogel E.R., van Woerden J.T., Lucas, P.W., UtamiAtmoko, S.S., van Schaik C.P, &Dominy N.J. 2008. Functional ecology and evolution of hominoid molar enamel: Pan troglodytesschweinfurthii and Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii.Journal of Human Evolution 55(1): 60-74. 

Vogel, E.R., Neitz, M., and Dominy, N.J. 2007.Effect of color vision phenotype on fruit and energy intake rates of wild white-faced capuchins, Cebus capucinus.Behavioral Ecology.18(2): 292-297.

Vogel, E.R., Munch, S.B., &Janson, C.H. 2007. Understanding escalated aggression over food resources in white-faced capuchin moneys.Animal Behaviour 74:71-80.

Vogel, E.R. and Janson 2007. Predicting the frequency of food related agonism in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus), Using a novel focal tree method. American Journal of Primatology 69(5):533-550.

Vogel, E.R. 2006. The Complete Capuchin: the Biology of the Genus Cebus, A Review (book review). Quarterly Review of Biology 81(4): 406-407.

Vogel, E.R. and Fuentes-Jiménez  A. 2006. Rescue behavior in white-faced capuchin monkeys during an intergroup attack: support for the Infanticide Avoidance Hypothesis. American Journal of Primatology 68: 1012-1016.

Talebi, M.G., Pope, T.R., Vogel E.R., Neitz, M, and N.J. Dominy. 2006. Polymorphism of visual pigment genes in the muriqui (Primates, Atelidae). Molecular Ecology 15(2): 551- 558.

Vogel, E.R. 2005. Rank differences in energy intake rates in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus): the effects of contest competition. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 58: 333-344.

van Schaik, C.P., Pandit, S.A., Vogel, E.R. 2004. A model for within-group coalitionary aggression among males. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 57:101-109.

Rose, L.M., Perry, S., Panger, M., Jack, K., Manson, J., Gros-Louis, J., MacKinnon, K., and Vogel, E. 2003. Interspecific interactions between white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) and other species: Preliminary Data from three Costa Rican sites. International Journal of Primatology 24(4):759-796.

Panger, M., Perry, S., Rose, L.M, Gros-Louis, J., Vogel E., MacKinnon, K., Baker, M. 2002. Cross-site differences in foraging behavioral of white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 119:52-66.

Wilson, W.H. and Vogel, E.R. 1997. The foraging behavior of Semipalmated Sandpipers in the Upper Bay of Fundy: Stereotyped or prey sensitive?  Condor 99:206-210.


Book Chapters

Vogel, E.R. andDominy, N.J. 2010. Measuringecologicalvaraiablesforprimate field studies. In Campbell, C.J., Fuentes, A., MacKinnon, K.C., Panger, M., Bearder, S.K. (eds). Primates in Perspective, 2nd Edition.Oxford University Press. Pp. 367-377.

van Schaik, C.P, van Noordwijk, M.A. Vogel, E.R. 2009. Ecological sex differences in wild orangutans. Wich, S.A., UtamiAtmoko, S., MitraSetia, T., van Schaik, C.P. (eds). Orangutans: Geographic Variation in in Behavioral Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press.pp. 256-268.

Janson, C.H. and Vogel, E.R. 2006. Estimating the effects of hunger on primate social ecology. InHohmann, G., Robbins, M., and Boesch, C. (eds).Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates.  Cambridge University Press.pp. 285-312.

van Schaik, C.P., Pandit, S.A., Vogel, E.R. 2006. Toward a general model for male-male coalitions in primate groups. In Kappeler, P.M. & van Schaik (eds) Cooperation in primates: comparative perspectives.  Springer Verlag: Heidelberg. pp 151-171.

Follow Us

Facebook Icon

Contact Us

Ruth Adams Building, 3rd Floor
131 George Street
New Brunswick, New Jersey  08901-1414

P  848-932-4193
F  732-932-1564
maydelle@rci.rutgers.edu  undergraduate 
bsalaman@anthropology.rutgers.edu  graduate
joreaves@anthropology.rutgers.edu  nonacademic