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.
Publications[ Academia | ResearchGate ]
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.