Dr. Richard McFarland
I am a behavioural ecologist by training, with a broad interest in animal behaviour, environmental physiology, and socio-biology. My research is currently focused on primates, and I have been fortunate to work in departments across a range of disciplines. What unites these experiences is my multi-disciplinary approach to the study of primate social adaptation. I graduated with a BSc in Biology from Cardiff University, a MRes in Primatology from the University of Roehampton, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Lincoln. From 2012 to 2014, I held a Claude-Leon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
In 2014, following the completion of my post-doc, I accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA. I was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. I also hold an affiliate faculty position in the Departments of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) at UW-Madison, and a Senior Honorary Research Fellowship in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand. I am director of the Swebeswebe Primate Research Project in South Africa, where I study the behavioral ecology and environmental physiology of wild chacma baboons and vervet monkeys.
Department of Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1180 Observatory Drive