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

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James Higham


Assistant Professor of Anthropology


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







Recent and Selected Publications:

  • Higham, J.P. Multimodal Communication. In Palagi, E. & Norscia I. (eds.) The missing lemur link: an ancestral step in human evolution. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. In Press
  • Higham, J.P. Primate visual signals. McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology 2014.
In Press
  • Higham, J.P. 2013. How does honest costly signaling work? Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/art097
  • Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A. 2013. An introduction to multimodal communication. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1381-1388
  • Wilson, A., Dean, M. & Higham, J.P. 2013. A game theoretic approach to multimodal communication. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 1399-1415
  • 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: 1457-1469
  • Rigaill, L., Higham, J.P., Lee, P.C. & Garcia, C. 2013. Multimodal signaling in female olive baboons. American Journal of Primatology 75: 774-787
  • Allen, W.L. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Analyzing visual signals as visual scenes. American Journal of Primatology 75: 664-682
  • Semple, S. & Higham, J.P. 2013. Primate signals: Current Issues and Perspectives. American Journal of Primatology 75: 613-620
  • Higham, J.P. & Hebets, E.A (Eds). 2013. Multimodal Communication. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67 (9)
  • Higham, J.P. & Semple, S. (Eds). 2013. Primate signals. American Journal of Primatology 75(7)
  • 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., 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
  • 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., 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., 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
  • 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., Heistermann, M. & Maestripieri, D. 2011. The energetics of male-male endurance rivalry in rhesus macaques. Animal Behaviour 81: 1001-1007
  • 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
  • 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
  • Higham, J.P. & Maestripieri, D. 2010. Revolutionary coalitions in male rhesus macaques. Behaviour 147: 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: 601-607
  • Warren, Y., Higham, J.P., MacLarnon, A. & Ross, C. 2010. Crop-raiding and commensalism: the costs and benefits of living with humans. In Primates of Gashaka Eds. Sommer, V & Ross, C. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer. Series Ed. Tuttle, R.H.
  • Ross, C., Warren, Y., MacLarnon, A. & Higham, J.P. 2010. How different are Gashaka’s baboons? A comparison of forest-living and open-country populations. In Primates of Gashaka Eds. Sommer, V & Ross, C. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer. Series Ed. Tuttle, R.H.
  • 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: 972-978
  • 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: 739-746
  • Higham, J.P. (Ed). 2009. 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. Self-directed behaviours and faecal glucocorticoid levels are not correlated in female wild olive baboons. Stress 12: 526-532
  • Higham, J.P. Primate Coloration – An introduction to the special issue. 2009. International Journal of Primatology 30: 749-751
  • Marty, J.M., Higham, J.P., Gadsby, E.L., & Ross, C. 2009. Color, dominance 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: 893-917
  • 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: 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: 293-304
  • 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: 452-462
  • 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., 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: 384-390
  • 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: 175-181
  • Higham, J.P. & Gosler, A.G. 2006. Speckled eggs: water loss and incubation behaviour in the Great tit Parus major. Oecologia 149: 561-570
  • Gosler, A.G., Higham, J.P. & Reynolds, S.J. 2005. Why are birds’ eggs speckled? Ecology Letters 8: 1105-1113