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Charles Snowdon

Expert on primate social, reproductive, cognitive and communication behavior

Professor emeritus, psychology College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-3974 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Primate and human communication and cognition
  • Primate monogamy: relationship formation and maintenance and implications for human relationships
  • Cooperative parenting: involving fathers and other family members in infant care
  • Wild primates from South America to Africa
  • Biological basis of parenting


  • Editor of Animal Behaviour, Journal of Comparative Psychology; associate editor of other animal behavior and primate journals
  • More than 30 years of funding from the National Institute of Mental Health on how primate behavior can help understand human behavior
  • Outstanding Mentoring Award, American Society of Primatologists; psychology department teaching award