Stacey Tecot
Stacey Tecot
Associate Professor, School of Anthropology
Director, Laboratory for the Evolutionary Endocrinology of Primates
Co-Director, Ranomafana Red-Bellied Lemur Project
Co-Founder, Palm Oil Awareness Initiative
Co-Chair, American Society of Primatologists Conservation Committee
(520) 621-6294
PhD, Anthropology, University of Texas-Austin, 2008

My main interest is in how individuals cope with changing environments. My current focus is on the evolution of cooperative and reproductive strategies, with a particular emphasis on the evolution of allomaternal care in primates. My fieldwork takes place in Madagascar, where I co-direct the Ranomafana Red-Bellied Lemur Project (RRBLP) with Rachel Jacobs. The goal of the RRBLP is to establish a long-term demographic dataset to track individual reproductive success and population growth/decline over time, and actively blend research with conservation and capacity building. This work is done in part with computer-assisted facial recognition technology. At the University of Arizona, I direct LEEP (Laboratory for the Evolutionary Endocrinology of Primates). LEEP is currently conducting research on the hormonal basis of intersexual dominance relationships and allomaternal care of infants, and developing new assays to measure noninvasively collected samples. Additional research foci include pair-bonding and monogamy, and the gut microbiome.

Selected Citations: 

Zohdy, S, Bisanzio, D, Tecot, S, Wright, PC, Jernvall, J. (2017). Aggression and hormones are associated with heterogeneity in parasitism and parasite dynamics in the brown mouse lemur. Animal Behaviour. 132:109-119. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.08.002

Crouse, D, Jacobs, RL, Richardson Z, Klum, S, Jain, A, Baden, AL, Tecot, SR. (2017). LemurFaceID: A face recognition system to facilitate lemur conservation. BMC Zoology. 2:2-14. DOI: 10.1186/s40850-016-0011-9

Kamilar, JM, Tecot, SR. (2016). Anthropogenic and climatic effects on the distribution of Eulemur species: A niche modeling approach. International Journal of Primatology. 37:47-68. doi:10.​1007/​s10764-015-9875-8

Tecot, S, Singletary, B, Eadie, E. (2016). Why “monogamy” isn’t good enough. American Journal of Primatology. 78(3): 340-354. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22412

Kamilar, JM, Tecot, SR. (2015). Connecting proximate mechanisms and evolutionary patterns: Pituitary gland size and mammalian life history. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 28:1997-2008. DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12715. 

Tecot, S, Baden, A. (2015). Primate allomaternal care. In: R. Scott, S. Kosslyn, eds. Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley and Sons. 1-16. DOI: 10.1002/9781118900772.etrds0263

Zohdy S, Gerber B, Tecot S, Blanco MB, Winchester JM, Wright PC, Jernvall J. (2014). Teeth, sex, and testosterone: Ageing in the world’s smallest primate. Plos ONE 9:e109528. DOI: 10.137/journal.pone.0109528.

Tecot, S. (2013). Variable energetic strategies in disturbed and undisturbed rain forest habitats: fecal cortisol levels in southeastern Madagascar. In: J. Masters, M. Gamba, F. Génin, R. Tuttle, eds. Leaping Ahead: Advances in Prosimian Biology. (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects). New York: Springer. Pp. 185-195. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4511-1_21

Tecot, S, Gerber, B, King, S, Verdolin, J, Wright, PC. (2013). Risky business: Sex ratio, mortality, and group transfer in Propithecus edwardsi in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Behavioral Ecology. 24: 987-996. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/art008

Tecot, S, Baden, A, Romine, N., Kamilar, J. (2013). Reproductive strategies and infant care in Malagasy primates. In: Clancy KBH, Hinde K, Rutherford JN (eds) Building babies: Primate development in proximate and ultimate perspective (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects). New York: Springer. Pp. 321-359. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4614-4060-4_15

King, SJ, Boyer, DM, Tecot, SR, Strait, SG, Zohdy, S, Blanco, M, Wright, PC, Jernvall, J. (2012). Lemur habitat and dental senescence in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Special Issue on Dental Ecology. 148(2):228-237. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.21589

Tecot, S and Romine, N. (2012). Leading ladies: Leadership of group movements in a pair-living, co-dominant, monomorphic primate across reproductive stages and fruit availability seasons. American Journal of Primatology. 74:591-601. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22011

Tecot, S, Baden, A, Romine, N, Kamilar, J. (2012). Infant parking and nesting, not allomaternal care, influence Malagasy primate life histories. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66:1375-1386. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-012-1393-5

Wright PC, Erhart EM, Tecot SR, Baden AL, Arrigo-Nelson S, Herrera J, Morelli TL, Blanco M, Deppe A, Atsalis S, Johnson SE, Ratolahy F, Tan CLM, Zohdy S. (2012). Long-term lemur research at Centre ValBio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. In: Kappeler PM, Watts D, editors. Long-Term Research in Primates. Dordrecht: Springer. Pp. 67-100. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_4

King, SJ, Morelli, TL, Arrigo-Nelson, S, Ratelolahy, FJ, Godfrey, LR, Wyatt, J, Tecot, S, Jernvall, J, Wright, PC. (2011). Morphometrics and pattern of growth in wild sifakas (Propithecus edwardsi) at Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. American Journal of Primatology. 73(2):155-172. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.20881

Wright, PC, Tecot, SR, Erhart, E, King, SJ, Baden, AL, Grassi, C. (2011). Frugivory in four sympatric lemurs: Implications for Madagascar's forests. American Journal of Primatology. 73(6): 585-602. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.20936

Rakotonirina, L.H., Spiral, G.J., Ratsimbazafy, J.H., Ravelonjanahary, S., Ralaiarison, R., Tecot, S., Hall, A., Calhoon, T., Randria, G.R. (2010). Effet de la dégradation de l’habitat sur la consommation alimentaire d’Eulemur rubriventer dans deux sites: Talatakely et Vatoharanana, du Parc National de Ranomafana. Lemur News. 15:47-51.

Tecot, S. (2010). It’s all in the timing: Out of season births and infant survival in Eulemur rubriventer. International Journal of Primatology. 31(5): 715-735. DOI:10.1007/s10764-010-9423-5.

Overdorff, DJ and Tecot, S. (2006). Social pair-bonding and resource defense in wild red-bellied lemurs (Eulemur rubriventer).  In: Gould, L. and Sauther, M. L., editors. Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation. Springer: New York. 235-254. DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-34586-4_11

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Climate change impacts
Food Systems and Security
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Animal behavior
Conservation biology
Ecological behavior
Ecosystem ecology
Ecosystem physiology
Ecosystem services
Growth and reproduction
Plant ecology
Population biology
Species adaptation
Wildlife biology
Science Engagement
Connecting science and decision making

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