Kristin E. Bonnie
Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology; and Faculty Director of Advising
Office: Center for the Sciences Room 234
Phone: (608) 363-2026
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.
Recent Publications (Additional publications can be found on ResearchGate)
(2017) Studying primate cognition in a social setting to improve validity and welfare: a literature review highlighting successful approaches. PeerJ 5:e3649 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3649
Bonnie KE, Ang MYL, & Ross SR (2016). Effects of crowd size on exhibit use by and behavior of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) at an accredited zoo. Applied Animal Behavior Science, 178, 102–110.
Hopper LM, Kurtycz L, Ross SR, & Bonnie KE (2015). Captive chimpanzee foraging in a social setting: a test of problem solving, flexibility, and spatial discounting. PeerJ,3, e833; DOI: 10.7717/peerj.833
Bonnie KE (2015). Comment on Nakagawa et al.: Embracing in a wild group of Yakushima Macaques (Macaca fuscata yakui) as an example of social customs. Current Anthropology, 56, 9.
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