Jake Funkhouser

Graduate Student of Biological Anthropology

Research Interests

Jake is interested in the evolution of social complexity and social cognition in apes. His research focuses on the evolutionary origins of social roles, collaboration, and cultural institutions. Jake studies chimpanzees and gorillas in wild, sanctuary, and zoo settings using remote video technologies. Previously, Jake completed bachelor's and master’s degrees in Primate Behavior and Psychology at Central Washington University.

Selected Publications:

Funkhouser, J.A., Mayhew, J.A., Mulcahy, J.B., & Sheeran L.K. (2021). Human caregivers are integrated social partners of captive chimpanzees. Primates. DOI: 10.1007/s10329-020-00867-6

Funkhouser, J.A., Mayhew, J.A, Sheeran, L.K., Mulcahy, J.B., & Li, JH. (2018). Comparative investigations of social context-dependent dominance in captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and wild Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana). Scientific Reports. DOI: s41598-018-32243-2

Funkhouser, J.A., Mayhew, J.A., & Mulcahy, J.B. (2018). Social structure and dominance hierarchy analyses at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191898

Wright, K.R., Mayhew, J.A., Sheeran, L.K., Funkhouser, J.A., Wagner, R.S., Sun, L., & Li, JH. (2018). Playing it cool: Social play, play signals, and bout termination in juvenile Tibetan macaques (Macaca thibetana). Journal of Zoological Research. DOI: 10.24272

Sanz, C., Funkhouser, J.A. David Premack. (2017). In J. Vonk & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6

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