Mary Beth Glenn

Professor - Biological Anthropology


Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor
Biological Anthropology Research Center

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(707) 826-4342


I am a biological anthropologist with a focus in primate behavior and ecology and mechanisms of evolution, in particular genetic drift in island monkeys (Cercopithecus mona). This research includes multiple methods, such as the analysis of social behavior, habitat use, diet, vocal acoustics, and morphology. I have studied primates in many countries, including bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo and mona monkeys in Nigeria , Cameroon, Grenada, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Beyond biological anthropology, I am interested in the broader ecological and social contexts of the regions in which I work, including outreach and advocacy, among other things. I am also the Co-Director of the Humboldt Biological Anthropology Research Lab and a Senior Research Scientist at the Windward Island Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF).


Biological Anthropology (primate behavior and ecology, evolution, genetic drift in island primate populations).

  • Human Biology, Adaptation & Evolution
  • Primate Adaptation & Evolution
  • Biological Anthropology Laboratory
  • Evolutionary Medicine
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Skeletal Biology & Forensics
Ph.D., Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston and Chicago, IL
M.S., Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston and Chicago, IL
B.S., Biological Anthropology, Loyola University Chicago

Book cover with an image of a monkey  Monkey

Mary Glenn