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Kristin E. Bonnie

Kristin Bonnie 2015

Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology; and Faculty Co-director of the Initiatives Program
Office: Sanger 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
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Psychology
  • Drugs & Behavior
  • Animal Cognition


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 (Franklin and Marshall College) and Dr. Sarah Brosnan (Georgia State University) 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)