Kristin E. Bonnie
PhD (2007) - Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Emory University
MA (2003) - Neuroscience and Animal Behavior, Emory University
BS (1999) - Psychology and Biology, St. Lawrence University
Introduction to Psychology
Research Methods and Statistics
Cross Cultural Psychology
Drugs & Behavior
Kristin's research focuses on learning and decision making in non-human primates. An adjunct scientist with the Lester E Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes, Kristin has been studying the behavior of chimpanzees and gorillas at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo since 2008. More recently, she has also been collaborating with Dr. Elizabeth Lonsdorf at Franklin and Marshall College to further investigate how capuchin monkeys learn from and with others. Prior to Beloit, Kristin conducted non-invasive observational and experimental research through the Living Links Center of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Calcutt SE, Lonsdorf EV, Bonnie KE, Milstein MS, & Ross SR. (2014). Captive chimpanzees share diminishing resources. Behaviour, 151(14), 1967-1982. doi: 10.1163/1568539X-00003225
Finestone E, Bonnie KE, Hopper LM, Vreeman VM, Lonsdorf EV, & Ross SR (2014). The Interplay Between Individual, Social, and Environmental Influences on Chimpanzee Food Choices. Behavioural Processes, 105, 71-78.
Bonnie KE, Milstein MS, Calcutt S, Ross SR, Wagner K, & Lonsdorf EV (2012). Flexibility and persistence of chimpanzee foraging behavior in a captive environment. American Journal of Primatology, 74(7), 661-668.
Lonsdorf EV & Bonnie KE (2010). Opportunities and constraints when studying social learning: Developmental approaches and social factors. Learning and Behavior, 38(3), 195-205. doi:10.3758/LB.38.3.195
Horner V, Proctor D, Bonnie KE, Whiten A, & de Waal FBM (2010). Prestige affects cultural learning in chimpanzees. PLoS ONE, 5(5): e10625. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010625
de Waal FBM & Bonnie KE (2009). In tune with others: the social side of primate culture. In The Question of Animal Culture (K.N. Laland & B.G. Galef, Eds.). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Bonnie KE & Earley RL (2007). Expanding the scope for social information use. Animal Behaviour, 74, 171-181. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.12.009.
Bonnie KE & de Waal FBM (2007). Copying without rewards: Socially influenced foraging decisions among brown capuchin monkeys. Animal Cognition, 10, 283-292. doi: 10.1007/s10071-006-0069-9.
Bonnie KE, Horner V, Whiten A, & de Waal FBM (2007). Spread of arbitrary conventions among chimpanzees: a controlled experiment. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, 274, 367-372. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2006.3733
Bonnie KE & de Waal FBM (2006). Affiliation promotes the transmission of a social custom: handclasp grooming among captive chimpanzees. Primates, 47, 27-34.