• Erin R. Vogel
  • Erin R. Vogel
  • Professor, Anthropology
  • Focus Area: Primate Behavior and Ecology
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    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.

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

    Articles in Refereed Journals
    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., 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.

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

    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. 2011. Geographic isotopic variation in mouse lemur (Microcebus) populations. Journal of Biogeography. 38: 2106-2121.

    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 Bioeconomics. 11(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 Primatology. 71:353–358.

    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 wurmbiiJournal 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 capucinusBehavioral 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
    Rothman, J.M., Vogel, E.R., and Blumenthal, S.A. 2013. Diet and nutrition. In Sterling, E. Bynun, N. And Blair, M.E. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A handbook of techniques. Oxford   University Press.

    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.


    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 

    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.




2012-present USAID, Partnership Across the Pacific Grant, (PI), Promoting biodiversity, sustainable management, and conservation of peat-swamp forests through education and training partnerships
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