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Anthropology Department
New York University
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

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Constance Dubuc

Position:

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Primate Reproductive Strategies Laboratory
Department of Anthropology, New York University

Education:

Ph.D. 2010, Université de Montréal, Canada
M.Sc. 2004, Université de Montréal, Canada
B.Sc. 2001, Université de Montréal, Canada

E-mail:

constance.dubuc@nyu.edu

Phone:

212-998-3814

Website:

Primate Reproductive Strategies

Research Focus:

My research interests are centered on the evolution of reproductive strategies in anthropoid primates. My research can be divided into three main areas: (1) the evolution of sexual signals, (2) the relationship between male dominance hierarchy and reproductive success in large multimale-multifemale groups (male reproductive skew), and (3) the nature of male-female sexual associations (consortships). As a postdoctoral researcher in at NYU, I am working with James Higham to investigate the causes and consequences of intra-specific variation in sexually-selected traits and mating strategies. My current work focuses on one trait in particular: sexual skin coloration. To examine these questions, I work with the rhesus macaques of the free-ranging population of Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, using a combination of physiological measures, color methods, field experiments, and behavioral observations. I am also constructing a framework that aims to explain the inter-specific variation in sexually-selected traits among anthropoid primates using a behavioral ecology approach with James Higham and Antje Engelhardt (German Primate Center).

Publications:

  • Dubuc, C., Higham, J., & Engelhardt, A. (in revision). Towards an understanding of the variation in mating tactics and sexually-selected traits in multimale-multifemale anthropoid primates.
  • Dubuc, C., Ruiz-Lambides, A., & Widdig, A. (in revision). Male lifetime reproductive success and opportunity for selection in a promiscuous primate.
  • Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Maestripieri, D., & Higham, J.P. (in revision). What is the function of male rhesus macaque red colour ornamentation?
  • Dubuc, C., Coyne, S., & Maestripieri, D. 2013. Effect of mating activity and dominance rank on male masturbation among free-ranging male rhesus macaques. Ethology 119: 1-8.
  • Dubuc, C., Muniz, L., Heistermann, M., Widdig, A., & Engelhardt, A. 2012. Do males time their mate-guarding effort with the fertile phase in order to secure fertilisation in rhesus macaques?
Hormones and Behavior 61: 696-705.
  • Dubuc, C., Hughes, K.D, Cascio, J., & Santos, L. 2012. Social tolerance in a despotic primate: co-feeding between consortship partners in rhesus macaques. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 148: 73-80.
  • 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 the assessment of facial signals in free-ranging rhesus macaques. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 278: 3452-3458.
  • Bélisle, P., Prud’homme, J., & Dubuc, C. 2012. The impact of kinship, defence cost and priority of access on food competition. In Leca, J.B., Huffman, M.A. & Vasey, P. (eds.) The Monkeys of Stormy Mountain: 60 Years of Primatological Research on the Japanese Macaques of Arashiyama, pp. 331-355. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Neumann, C., Duboscq, J., Dubuc, C., Ginting, A., Maulana Irwan, A., Agil, M., Widdig, A., & Engelhardt, A. 2011. Assessing dominance hierarchies: validation and advantages of progressive evaluation with Elo rating. Animal Behaviour 82: 911-921.
  • Dubuc, C., Muniz, L., Heistermann, M., Engelhardt, A., & Widdig, A. 2011. Testing the priority-of-access model in a seasonally breeding primate species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 1615-1627.
  • Brent, L.J.N., Semple, S., Dubuc, C., Heistermann, M., & MacLarnon, A. 2011. Social capital and physiological stress levels in adult female rhesus macaques. Physiology and Behavior 102: 76-83.
  • Higham, J.P., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Accamando, A., 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: 739-746.
  • Dubuc, C., Brent, L.J.N., Accamando, A.K., Gerald, M.S., MacLarnon, A., Semple, S., Heistermann, M., & Engelhardt, A. 2009. Sexual skin color contains information about the timing of the fertile phase in free-ranging rhesus macaques. International Journal of Primatology 30: 777-789.
  • Dubuc, C., & Chapais, B. 2007. Feeding competition in Macaca fascicularis: An assessment of the early arrival tactic. International Journal of Primatology 28: 357-367.