Ph.D. Biological Anthropology
- sexual selection
- cognitive evolution
- comparative neuroanatomy
I am interested in how sexual selection has shaped primate cognitive evolution. Sex differences in behavior and cognitive abilities have been demonstrated in humans and non-human primates, but the specific biological underpinnings of such differences remain unknown. I plan to illuminate such mechanisms by investigating patterns of sexual dimorphism in volume, microstructure, and gene expression across various functional brain regions.
DeCasien, A., Higham, J. P., Williams, S. A. 2016. Hard-tissue markers of face flanges in male Pongo [abstract]. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 159(S62): 128.
DeCasien, A. Hard-tissue markers of face flanges in male Pongo [poster]. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Atlanta, GA, April 13-16, 2016.
DeCasien, A. Revisiting the Ecological vs. Social Determinants of Primate Brain Size. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP), 2016.