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Research:

My research interests are focused within the field of primate evolutionary biology. I studied craniofacial variation in howler monkeys and tested a model for Heterochrony (developed by Laurie Godfrey and Mike Sutherland) to explain morphological variation within and between species in the genus Alouatta. I am also interested in applying GIS-based techniques to dental morphology to compare species occlusal characteristics and patterns of dental wear. I am currently doing research in eastern Madagascar, on the reproductive biology of cheirogaleids (Microcebus rufus and Cheirogaleus major). Some of my research questions include the effect of body mass and activity levels on the reproductive status of male and female mouse and dwarf lemurs, variation within synchronous estrous cycles, and, more generally, the effects of fragmentation and other forms of habitat disturbance in the population dynamics and reproductive status of cheirogaleids.

 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

NAME: MARINA B. BLANCO

ADVISOR: LAURIE GODFREY

EDUCATION:

•PhD (2010). University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA; Biological Anthropology.

•MA (2004). University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA; Biological Anthropology.

•Bachelor degree (1998) (five-year program). “Licenciatura”, School of Natural Sciences and Museum. National University of La Plata (U.N.L.P.), Argentina; Anthropology.

CONTACT: mbblanco@anthro.umass.edu

     

Contact Information:
Department of Anthropology
240 Hicks Way

Laboratories:
Machmer Hall W-12, W14, W16
(W-16) 413-545-380
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