Kenny Chiou

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Present Ph.D. Candidate in Physical Anthropology, Washington University.
2012 M.A., Physical Anthropology, Washington University.
2010 B.A. with Honors, Anthropology, New York University.

Research Activities

2013-present Population genomics of a baboon hybrid zone in Zambia, Washington University: Ph.D. Dissertation. Advisor Jane Phillips-Conroy.
2013-present Ethoinformatics: developing data services for behavioral research, Washington University. With Anthony Di Fiore, Tom Igoe, and Jane Phillips-Conroy.
2012-present Behavior and social organization of Kinda baboons, Papio kindae, Washington University. With Anna Weyher.
2011-2015 Ecological niche modeling of Central American squirrel monkeys, Saimiri oerstedii, Washington University. With Mary Blair.
2012 Comparative acoustics and vocal recognition of Kinda (Papio kindae) and gray-footed chacma (Papio ursinus griseipes) baboons of Kafue National Park, Zambia, Washington University.
2011-2012 Zambian baboon capture and release project, Kafue National Park, Zambia: Team Member.
2011-2012 The Kinda baboon (Papio kindae) gut microbiome, Jeffrey Gordon Lab, Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology, Washington University: Visiting Researcher.
2009-2010 “Wired monkeys” project: developing physical computing products for wildlife biology, New York University: Team Member.
2009-2010 The phylogenetic and phylogeographic history of squirrel monkeys, genus Saimiri, New York University: B.A. Thesis. Advisor Anthony Di Fiore.
2009-2010 Proyecto Primates, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Ecuador: Team Member.
2008-2010 Intern supervisor, Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University.
2009 Reproductive endocrinology of female lowland woolly monkeys, Lagothrix poeppigii, New York University.
2009 Population genetics of Zambian baboons, genus Papio, Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University: Research Assistant.
2008-2009 Population genetics of white-bellied spider monkeys, Ateles belzebuth, and lowland woolly monkeys, Lagothrix poeppigii, Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University: Research Assistant.
2008 Patterns of home range use in mantled howler monkeys, Alouatta palliata, Ometepe Biological Field Station, Nicaragua: Field School Student.

Publications

* = equal author contributions

In review Chiou, K.L.*, Bergey, C.M.* FecalSeq: methylation-based enrichment for noninvasive population genomics from feces. [preprint]
Accepted Chiou, K.L., Blair, M.E. Modeling niches and mapping distributions: progress and promise of ecological niche models for primate research. In C.A. Shaffer, F.L. Dolins, J.R. Hickey, L.M. Porter, N.P. Nibbelink (Eds.), GPS and GIS for Primatologists: A Practical Guide to Spatial Analysis. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
2012 Lynch Alfaro, J.W., Boubli, J.P., Olson, L.E., Di Fiore, A., Wilson, B., Gutiérrez-Espeleta, G.A., Chiou, K.L., Schulte, M., Neitzel, S., Ross, V., Schwochow, D., Nguyen, M., Farias, I., Janson, C., Alfaro, M.E. Explosive Pleistocene range expansion leads to widespread Amazonian sympatry between robust and gracile capuchin monkeys. Journal of Biogeography, 39, 272-288.
2011 Chiou, K.L., Pozzi L., Lynch Alfaro, J.W., Di Fiore, A. Pleistocene diversification of living squirrel monkeys (Saimiri spp.) inferred from complete mitochondrial genome sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59, 736-745. [preprint] [alignment - nexus format]

Conference Papers and Published Abstracts

2016 Chiou, K.L., Bergey, C.M. An inexpensive methylation-based enrichment method enables genomic-scale population-level genotyping of animals from their feces. Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists 2016. Chicago, Illinois. [slideshow]
2016 Di Fiore, A., Chiou, K.L., Chevett, M., Overstreet, R., Igoe, T. Ethoinformatics II: developing open-source software and digital data services for primatology. Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists 2016. Chicago, Illinois. [poster]
2016 Chiou, K.L., Di Fiore, A., Overstreet, R., Chevett, M., Igoe, T. Ethoinformatics I: developing a community-informed standard vocabulary and data model for primatology. Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists 2016. Chicago, Illinois. [poster]
2016 Walco, E.R., Chiou, K.L., Kawamura, S., Fedigan, L.M., Melin, A.D. Color vision and age affect fruit foraging rates of wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in Sector Santa Rosa. Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists 2016. Chicago, Illinois.
2016 Di Fiore, A., Chiou, K.L., Chevett, M., Overstreet, R., Igoe, T. Ethoinformatics II: developing open-source digital data services for behavioral field research. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159(Suppl. 62), 130-131. [slideshow]
2016 Chiou, K.L., Di Fiore, A., Overstreet, R., Chevett, M., Igoe, T. Ethoinformatics I: developing a standard vocabulary and data model for behavioral field research. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159(Suppl. 62), 115-116. [slideshow]
2015 Walco, E.R., Chiou, K.L., Melin, A.D. Juvenile foraging efficiency in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus): assessing the impact of color vision. Annual meeting of the Midwestern Primate Interest Group 2015. St. Louis, Missouri.
2013 Chiou, K.L. A pilot description and categorization of Kinda baboon vocalizations. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 150(Suppl. 56), 98. [poster]
2013 Weyher, A.H., Chiou, K.L. Adult Kinda baboon (Papio kindae) behavior: preliminary results from a two year study. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 150(Suppl. 56), 289.
2010 Chiou, K.L., Hodgson, J.A., Pozzi, L., and Di Fiore, A. Complete mitochondrial DNA sequences lend insight into the evolutionary history and biogeography of Central American squirrel monkeys. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 141(Suppl. 50), 80-81. [poster]
2009 Chiou, K.L. Determining the home range of a mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) group of Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. Inquiry: A Journal of Undergraduate Research, 13, 187.

Grants and Awards

2014-2016 General Research Grant, The Leakey Foundation. “Population genomics of a baboon hybrid zone in Zambia.” $13,270.
2013-2016 Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research (BCC-SBE/EHR), National Science Foundation (with Anthony Di Fiore, Tom Igoe, and Jane Phillips-Conroy). “Ethoinformatics: developing data services and a standard ‘etho-grammar’ for behavioral research.” $474,512 ($121,909 to Washington University).
2013-2016 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation. “Population genomics of a baboon hybrid zone in Zambia.” $24,138.
2013 Summer Research Funds, Washington University. “Baboon hybridization at the crossroads of behavior, ecology, and evolution.” $4,700.
2012 Summer Research Funds, Washington University. “Species-specific signaling and recognition in a baboon contact zone.” $5,300.
2011 Graduate Research Travel Award, National Science Foundation. Travel award to participate in summer research with the Kafue National Park Baboon Research Project in Chunga, Kafue National Park, Zambia. $1,000.
2010-2015 Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation.
2010 Conference Grant, New York University. Travel grant for 79th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Albuquerque, NM. $450.
2009 Young Explorers Grant, National Geographic Society. “Fecal analysis of ovarian sex steroid hormones of lowland woolly monkeys (Lagothrix poeppigii) in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador.” $2,702.
2009 Collegiate Research Scholar Grant, New York University. “Fecal analysis of ovarian profiles.” $2,000.
2008 Barnet and Phyllis Liberman Research Scholar Grant, New York University. “Phylogeny and phylogeography of Central and South American squirrel monkeys.” $1,900.
2008 College of Arts & Science Parents Research Scholar Grant, New York University. “Strategies for survival: an analysis of behavioral defense mechanisms among sympatric primate populations in Costa Rica.” $2,000.

Teaching Experience

Spring 2016 Darwin and Doctors: Evolutionary Medicine and Health, Washington University: Teaching Assistant.
Fall 2015 Introduction to Human Evolution, Washington University: Teaching Assistant.
Spring 2013 Behavioral Research at the St. Louis Zoo, Washington University: Teaching Assistant.
Fall 2012 Principles of Anatomy and Development, Washington University: Teaching Assistant.
Spring 2012 Public Health Research and Practice, Washington University: Teaching Assistant.
Fall 2011 Anthropology and Public Health, Washington University: Teaching Assistant.

University Service

2012-2013 Graduate Council, Washington University: Graduate Student Representative.
2009-2010 Anthropology Undergraduate Student Association, New York University: President.
2008-2009 Anthropology Undergraduate Student Association, New York University: Vice President.

Professional Activities and Service

Organizer/Co-organizer 2015 National Science Foundation Ethoinformatics Working Group Meeting, University of Texas at Austin · 2013 National Science Foundation Ethoinformatics Working Group Meeting, Olin Library, Washington University
Reviewer American Journal of Physical Anthropology · American Journal of Primatology · Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Member American Association of Physical Anthropologists · International Primatological Society · Animal Behavior Society · Lambda Alpha

Skills

Software QGIS, ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, NetLogo, Praat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Filemaker Pro, HanDBase.
Programming Languages Python, Perl, R, JavaScript, PHP, SQL (incl. MySQL, PostreSQL).
Foreign Languages Spanish (intermediate), Mandarin Chinese (speaking: fluent, writing: basic).

Last update: 27 Aug 2016.