Jerred K. Schafer

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
M.A. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY, 2016
B.A. Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2013

Contact:
jkschafer@albany.edu

Research Interests:
Primate Evolution, Population and Quantitative Genetics, Sexual Selection Theory

Area of Study / Field site:
Africa

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Adam Gordon; Biological Anthropology

CV Link

My research broadly examines micro- and macroevolutionary processes in primates using phylogenetic and quantitative genetic methods. My masters thesis research examined the relationship between several genetic and life history variables (brain & body size, and gestation length) and basal metabolic rate in primates using a phylogenetic path analysis. Current research involves estimating genetic variances and correlations in traits related to sexual selection (facial coloration & body size) in a semi-free ranging population of mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) from Gabon, Africa to measure the processes of natural and sexual selection.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

TEACHING:
Courses Taught at the University at Albany
Names and catalog numbers for organized courses are followed by the semester and year in which they were taught.

Undergraduate:
• Introduction to the Primates (AANT 111): S15
• Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (AANT 316): F15, F16
• Anatomy & Physiology II Lab (AANT 318): S16, S17
• Introduction to Human Evolution Lab (AANT 110): F17, S18, F18

AWARDS AND HONORS:
2013 - NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Fellowship
2013 - University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Anthropology Scholarship
2011 - National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member

FIELD AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
2017 - Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics Workshop, Friday Harbor Laboratories, Washington
2014 - Archaeological Excavation Project at Vanua Levu, Fiji
2013 - Undergraduate Honors Thesis research
2013 - Lithics analysis from early Lapita site, Fiji
2013 - Archaeological Excavation Project at Vanua Levu, Fiji

PUBLICATIONS

Jones S, Carlisle C, Schafer J, Ryder CY, Mullins S, Reed K, Ledford K, Pearson P, Bridgeman L, Callahan C. Preliminary Archaeological Investigations at Nukubalavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji. (in press) Domodomo, 2016.