Jake Funkhouser

Graduate Student of Biological Anthropology

Research Interests

My research interests and background surround addressing the theoretical and applied components of sociality, social dominance, interplays between hormones and behavior, and captive management. Specifically, I am interested in (1) combining methodological and theoretical approaches to re-evaluate the cross-context predictability and ecological validity of the long-standing constructs of social dominance, personality, and fission-fusion social relationships in great apes (namely, chimpanzees) and across other taxa. As well as, (2) exploring the complex and convoluted relationships between aggression, dominance rank, hierarchy stability (or certainty/linearity), stress, and behavioral endocrinology. Further, (4) comparing components of sociality across captive and wild populations, thereby contributing to conversations of behavioral flexibility and captive management. These research interests coincide with changing policy in the United States’ care of biomedical chimpanzees marked by the influx of chimpanzees seeking sanctuary. This influx presents a new setting for anthropologists to investigate these topics and make comparisons between populations through an unexplored lens.


Selected Publications:

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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  • Washington University
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  • St. Louis MO 63130
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