Kristin E. Bonnie
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.
(Additional publications can be found on ResearchGate)
- Bonnie KE, Bernstein-Kurtycz LM, Shender MA, Ross SR, & Hopper LM (2019). Foraging in a social setting: a comparative analysis of captive gorillas and chimpanzees. Primates. https://doi.org/0.1007/s10329-018-00712-x
- Cronin KA, Jacobson SL, Bonnie KE, Hopper LM. (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