CSHO faculty member Dr. James HighamAssistant Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 2007, University of Roehampton; M.Sc. 2002, University of Oxford; B.A. 2001, University of Cambridge

Email: jhigham@nyu.edu

Phone: 212-992-7477

Office: 402

Primate Reproductive Ecology and Evolution Laboratory



Research Interests

  • sexual selection
  • behavioral endocrinology
  • communication


Other Affiliations

Assistant Professor, NYU Department of Anthropology

Faculty, New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology

Core Faculty, MA in Human Skeletal Biology


Current Research

Rhesus Macaques on Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico

Evolution of Guenon Face Patterns


Selected Publications

Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Cascio, J., Lee, S.D., Maestripieri, D., Petersdorf, M., Winters, S., & Higham, J.P. 2016. Who cares? Experimental attention biases provide new insights into a mammalian sexual signal. Behavioral Ecology 27: 68-74.

Higham, J.P. 2016. Field Endocrinology of nonhuman primates: past, present and future. Hormones and Behavior 84: 145-155.

Higham, J.P. & Roney, J. (Eds.). 2016. Field endocrinology of nonhuman and human primates.

Petrullo, L., Mandalaywala, T.M., Parker, K., Maestripieri, D., & Higham, J.P. 2016. Effects of early-life adversity on cortisol/salivary alpha-amylase symmetry in free-ranging juvenile rhesus macaques. Hormones and Behavior 86: 78-84.

Allen, W.L. & Higham, J.P. 2015. Assessing the potential information content of multicomponent visual signals: A machine learning approach. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282(1802): 20142284.

Fischer, J., Wheeler, B.C., & Higham, J.P. 2015. Is there any evidence for vocal learning in chimpanzee food calls?  Current Biology 25(21), R1028–R1029.

Grueter, C.C., Zhu, P., Allen, W.L., Higham, J.P., Ren, B., & Li, M. 2015. Sexually- selected lip colour indicates male group-holding status in the mating season in a multi-level primate society. Royal Society Open Science 2: 150490.

Heistermann, M. & Higham, J.P. 2015. Urinary neopterin, a non­invasive marker of mammalian cellular immune activation, is highly stable under field conditions. Scientific Reports 5: 16308.

Higham, J.P., Kraus, C., Stahl-­Hennig, C., Engelhardt, A., Fuchs, D., & Heistermann, M. 2015. Evaluating noninvasive markers of non­human primate immune activation and inflammation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 158(4): 673-684.

Higham, J.P. & Petersdorf, M. 2015. Review of “Primate Communication: A Multimodal Approach” (Eds. Katja Liebal, Bridget M. Waller, Anne M. Burrows, Katie E. Slocombe).  International Journal of Primatology 36: 1055-1059.

Hughes, K.D., Higham, J.P., Allen, W.L., Elliot, A.J., & Hayden, B.Y. 2015. Extraneous red drives female macaques’ gaze toward photographs of male conspecifics. Evolution and Human Behavior 36: 25-31.

MacLarnon, A.M., Sommer, V., Goffe, A.S., Higham, J.P., Lodge, E., Tkaczynski, P., & Ross, C. 2015. Assessing adaptability and reactive scope: a new measure and a case study of environmental stress in forest-living baboonsGeneral and Comparative Endocrinology 215: 10-24.

Rigaill, L., MacIntosh, A.J.J., Higham, J.P., Winters, S., Shimizu, K., Mouri, K., Takeshi, F., & Garcia, C. 2015. Multimodal advertisement of pregnancy in free­ranging female Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata). PLOS One 10(8): e0135127.

Winters, S., Dubuc, C., & Higham, J.P. 2015. The looking time experimental paradigm in studies of animal visual perception and cognition. Ethology 121(7): 625-640.

Winters, S. & Higham, J.P. 2015. Martin Stevens: Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution. International Journal of Primatology 36(1): 205-208.

Allen, W.L., Stevens, M., & Higham, J.P. 2014. Character displacement of Cercopithecini primate visual signals. Nature Communications 5:4266.

Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Maestripieri, D., & Higham, J.P. 2014. Is male rhesus macaque red colour ornamentation attractive to females? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 1215-1224.

Dubuc, C. & Higham, J.P. 2014. Quite the complexion: rhesus monkey face redness is passed on to their offspring, and affects their reproductive fitness.  Biosphere 2: 50-55.

Dubuc, C., Winters, S., Allen, W. L., Brent, L. J. N., Cascio, J., Maestripieri, D. M., Ruiz-Lambides, A., Widdig, A., & Higham, J. P. 2014. Sexually-selected skin color is heritable and related to fecundity in a non-human primate. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281(1794): 20141602.

Higham, J.P. 2014. How does honest costly signaling work? Behavioral Ecology 25: 8-11.

Higham, J.P. & Maestripieri, D. 2014. The costs of reproductive success in Cayo Santiago male rhesus macaques. International Journal of Primatology 35: 661-676.

Mandalaywala, T.M., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Parker, K.J., & Maestripieri, D. 2014. Physiological and behavioral stress responses to weaning conflict in free-ranging primate infants. Animal Behaviour 91: 241-247.

Allen, W.L. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Analyzing visual signals as visual scenes.  American Journal of Primatology 75: 664-682.

Higham, J.P., Amann, A.L., Bryer, M.A.H., Thompson, N.A., & Winters, S. 2013. Review of “The Evolution of Primate SocietiesInternational Journal of Primatology 34: 1298-1303.

Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A. (Eds.). 2013. Special Issue: Multimodal CommunicationBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67(9).

Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A. 2013. An Introduction to Multimodal CommunicationBehavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67(9): 1381-1388.

Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., & Maestripieri, D. 2013. The endocrinology of male rhesus macaque social and reproductive status: a test of the challenge and social stress hypotheses.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 19-30.

Higham, J.P., Pfefferle, D., Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D., & Stevens, M. 2013. Signaling in multiple modalities in male rhesus macaques: barks and sex skin coloration in relation to androgen levels, social status and mating behavior.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67(1): 1457-1469.

Higham, J.P. & Semple, S. (Eds.). 2013. Primate signals: Current Issues and Perspectives. American Journal of Primatology 75(7).

Rigaill, L., Higham, J.P., Lee, PC., Blin, A., & Garcia, C. 2013. Multimodal sexual signaling and mating behavior in olive baboons (Papio anubis).  American Journal of Primatology 75(7): 774-787.

Semple, S. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Primate signals: Current Issues and Perspectives. American Journal of Primatology 75(7): 613-620.

Wilson A., Dean, M., & Higham, J.P. 2013. A game theoretic approach to multimodal communication.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67(1): 1399-1415.

Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Saggau, C., Agil, M., Perwitasari-Farajallah, D., & Engelhardt, A. 2012. Sexual signaling in the crested macaque and the evolution of primate fertility signals.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 89.

De Vere, R., Warren, Y., Nicholas, A., MacKenzie, M.E., & Higham, J.P. 2011. Nest site ecology of the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) in the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon, with special reference to anthropogenic influence.  American Journal of Primatology 73: 253-261.

Girard-Buttoz, C., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Wedegärtner, S., Maestripieri, D., & Engelhardt, A. 2011. Urinary c-peptide measurement as a marker of nutritional status in macaques.  PLoS One 6: e18042.

Higham, J.P. 2011. Review of “The Japanese Macaques” (Eds., Naofumi, N., Nakamichi, N. & Sugiura, H.).  International Journal of Primatology 32(4): 1033-1036.

Higham, J.P., Barr, C.S., Hoffman, C.L., Mandalaywala, T.M., Parker, K.J., & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Mu-opioid receptor (OPRM1) variation, oxytocin levels and maternal behavior in free-ranging rhesus macaques.  Behavioral Neuroscience 125: 131-136.

Higham, J.P., Girard-Buttoz, C., Engelhardt, A., & Heistermann, M. 2011. Urinary C-peptide of insulin as a non-invasive marker of nutritional status: some practicalities.  PLoS One 6: e22398.

Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., & Maestripieri, D. 2011. The energetics of male-male endurance rivalry in rhesus macaques.  Animal Behaviour 81: 1001-1007.

Higham, J.P., Hughes, K.D., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Engelhardt, A., Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D., Santos, L.R., & Stevens, M. 2011. Familiarity affects assessment of facial signals of female fertility by free-ranging male rhesus macaques.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 3452-3458.

Hoffman, C.L., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Prendergast, B., Coe, C., & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Immune function and HPA axis activity in free-ranging rhesus macaques.  Physiology and Behavior 104: 507-514.

Mandalaywala, T.M., Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., & Maestripieri, D. 2011. Infant bystanders modulate the effects of ovarian hormones on socio-sexual behaviour in free-ranging female rhesus macaques.  Behaviour 148: 1137-1155.

Higham, J.P., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Accamando, A,K., Engelhardt, A., Gerald, M.S., Heistermann, M., & Stevens, M. 2010. Color signal information content and the eye of the beholder: a case study in the rhesus macaque.  Behavioral Ecology 21(4): 739-746.

Higham, J.P. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Revolutionary coalitions in male rhesus macaques.  Behaviour 147(13): 1889-1908.

Higham, J.P., Vitale, A.B., Mas-Rivera, A., Ayala, J.E., & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Measuring salivary analytes from free-ranging monkeys.  Physiology & Behavior 101(5): 601-607.

Hoffman, C.L., Higham, J.P., Mas-Rivera, A., Ayala, J.E., & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Terminal investment and senescence in rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago.  Behavioral Ecology 21(5): 972-978.

Semple, S., Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A., Ross, C.,& Lehmann, J. 2010. Comment on ‘Pan Thanatology’. Current Biology.

Higham, J.P. 2009.  Primate Coloration – An introduction to the special issue.  International Journal of Primatology 30: 749-751.

Higham, J.P. (Ed.). 2009. Special Issue on Primate coloration: measurement, mechanisms and function. International Journal of Primatology 30(6).

Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A.M., Heistermann, M., Ross, C., & Semple, S. 2009. Rates of self-directed behaviours and faecal glucocorticoid levels are not correlated in female wild olive baboons. Stress 12: 526-532.

Higham, J.P., Semple, S. MacLarnon, A., Heistermann, M., & Ross, C. 2009. Female reproductive signals, and male mating behavior, in the olive baboon.  Hormones and Behavior 55(1): 60-67.

Higham, J.P., Warren, Y., Adanu, J. Bubu, U. MacLarnon, A., Sommer, V.,& Ross, C. 2009. Living on the edge: Life-history of olive baboons at Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria.  American Journal of Primatology 71(4): 293-304.

Marty, J.M., Higham, J.P., Gadsby, E.L., & Ross, C. 2009. Dominance, coloration, and social and sexual behavior in male drills.  International Journal of Primatology 30: 807-823.

Stevens, M., Stoddard, M.C., & Higham, J.P. 2009. Studying primate color: towards visual system dependent methods.  International Journal of Primatology 30(6): 893-917.

Higham, J.P., Heistermann, M., Ross, C., Semple, S., & MacLarnon, A. 2008. The timing of ovulation with respect to sexual swelling detumescence in wild olive baboons.  Primates 49: 295-299.

Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A., Ross, C., Heistermann, M., & Semple, S. 2008. Baboon sexual swellings: Information content of size and color.  Hormones and Behavior 53(3): 452-462.

Wiseman, R., Warren, Y., Nicholas, A., MacKenzie, M., & Higham, J.P. 2008. A GIS habitat map for the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon.  Gorilla Journal 37: 12-14.

Asakura, T., Umemura, K., Nakazawa, Y., Hirose, H., Higham, J.P., & Knight, D. 2007. Some observations on the structure and function of the spinning apparatus in the silkworm Bombyx mori.  Biomacromolecules 8(1): 175-181.

Higham, J.P., Ross, C., Warren, Y., Heistermann, M., & MacLarnon, A. 2007. Reduced reproductive function in wild baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) related to natural consumption of the African black plum (Vitex doniana).  Hormones and Behavior 52(3): 384-390.

Higham, J.P. & Gosler, A.G. 2006. Speckled eggs: water loss and incubation behaviour in the Great tit Parus major.  Oecologia 149(4): 561-570.

Gosler, A.G., Higham, J.P., & Reynolds, S.J. 2005. Why are birds’ eggs speckled? Ecology Letters 8: 1105-1113.

Updated on June 14, 2017