Kenny Chiou

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

2017 Ph.D., Physical Anthropology, Washington University.
2012 M.A., Physical Anthropology, Washington University.
2010 B.A. with Honors, Anthropology, New York University.

Professional Appointments

2017-present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Washington.

Publications

* = equal author contributions

Submitted Chiou, K.L., Bergey, C.M., Burrell, A.S., Disotell, T.R., Rogers, J., Jolly, C.J., Phillips-Conroy, J.E. Genome-wide ancestry and introgression in a Zambian baboon hybrid zone.
Submitted Chiou, K.L., Bergey, C.M., Burrell, A.S., Disotell, T.R., Rogers, J., Jolly, C.J., Phillips-Conroy, J.E. Genomic signatures of extreme body size divergence in baboons.
In review Schneider-Crease, I., Chiou, K.L., Snyder-Mackler, N., Bergman, T.J., Beehner, J.C., Lu, A. Beyond infant death: the hidden costs of male immigration in geladas.
In press 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.
2018 Melin, A.D., Webb, S.E., Williamson, R.E., Chiou, K.L. Data collection in field primatology: a renewed look at measuring foraging behaviour. In U. Kalbitzer, K.M. Jack (Eds.), Primate Life Histories, Sex Roles, and Adaptability - Essays in Honour of Linda M. Fedigan (pp. 161-192). Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects. New York, NY: Springer.
2018 Tsukayama, P., Boolchandani, M., Patel, S., Pehrsson, E., Gibson, M.K., Chiou, K.L., Jolly, C.J., Rogers, J., Phillips-Conroy, J.E., Dantas, G. Characterization of wild and captive baboon gut microbiota and their antibiotic resistomes. mSystems, 3, e00016-18.
2018 Chiou, K.L.*, Bergey, C.M.* Methylation-based enrichment facilitates low-cost, noninvasive genomic scale sequencing of populations from feces. Scientific Reports, 8, 1975.
2017 Melin, A.D., Chiou, K.L., Walco, E.R., Bergstrom, M.L., Kawamura, S., Fedigan, L.M. Trichromacy increases fruit intake rates of wild capuchins (Cebus capucinus imitator). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114, 10402-10407.
2017 Lima, M.J.M., Buckner, C.J., Silva, J.S., Aleixo, A., Martins, A.B., Boubli, J.P., Link, A., Farias, I.P., da Silva, M.N., Rhe, F., Queiroz, H., Chiou, K.L., Di Fiore, A., Alfaro, M.E., Lynch Alfaro, J.W. Capuchin monkey biogeography: understanding Sapajus Pleistocene range expansion and the current sympatry between Cebus and Sapajus. Journal of Biogeography, 44, 810-820.
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]

Grants and Awards

2017-present NIH T32 Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant, University of Washington.
2016-2017 Dissertation Fellowship, Washington University.
2016 NGS Discovery Project Grand Prize, NGX Bio (with Christina Bergey). “Whole-genome sequencing from noninvasive samples.” $5,000.
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 Award, Washington University. “Baboon hybridization at the crossroads of behavior, ecology, and evolution.” $4,700.
2012 Summer Research Award, 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.

Invited Talks

May 2018 “Population genomics reveals signatures of selection and extreme introgression in a natural baboon hybrid zone.” Biological Anthropology Seminar Series. Department of Anthropology, University of Washington.

Conference Papers and Published Abstracts

* = presenter (if not lead author)

2019 Janiak, M.C., Chiou, K.L., Lu, A., Bergman, T.J., Beehner, J.C., Snyder-Mackler, N., Melin, A.D. Digestive and sensory adaptations for the grass-eating niche: insights from the gelada (Theropithecus gelada) genome. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 168(Suppl. 68), 113.
2019 Goldman, E.A., Chiou, K.L., Brent, L.J.N., Montague, M.J., Platt, M.L., Horvath, J.E., Sams, S., Sterner, K.N., Snyder-Mackler, N. An epigenetic measure of biological aging in rhesus macaques. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 168(Suppl. 68), 88.
2019 Chiou, K.L., DeCasien, A.R., Montague, M.J., Sherwood, C.C., Platt, M.L., Higham, J.P., Snyder-Mackler, N. Transcriptional signatures of the aging nonhuman primate brain. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 168(Suppl. 68), 41.
2019 Chiou, K.L. (discussant). Visualizing plants: productive ways to present archaeobotanical data (C.A. Hastorf, chair). Annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
2018 Chiou, K.L., DeCasien, A.R., Martinez, M., Ruiz-Lambides, A., Montague, M.J., Sherwood, C.C., Platt, M.L., Brent, L.J.N., Higham, J.P., Snyder-Mackler, N.* Social environmental influences on the aging brain and immune system in rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago. Annual meeting of the Latin American Association of Biological Anthropology (La Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología Biológica). Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
2018 Snyder-Mackler, N., Chiou, K.L.. Genomic signatures of high-altitude adaptation in gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada). Annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. Yokohama, Japan.
2018 Chiou, K.L., DeCasien, A.R., Montague, M.J., Sherwood, C.C., Platt, M.L., Snyder-Mackler, N. Single-cell transcriptional signatures of the aging nonhuman primate brain. Annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. Yokohama, Japan.
2018 Chiou, K.L., Bergey, C.M., Disotell, T.R., Rogers, J., Jolly, C.J., Phillips-Conroy, J.E. Genome-wide signatures of differential introgression in a Zambian baboon hybrid zone. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165(Suppl. 66), 48.
2017 Melin, A.D., Chiou, K.L., Walco, E.R., Kawamura, S., Fedigan, L.M. Red-green colour vision increases fruit intake rates of wild capuchins (Cebus capucinus imitator). Annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology. Edmonton, Alberta.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Research Activities

2017-present Functional genomics of high-altitude adaptation in geladas, University of Washington. With Noah Snyder-Mackler.
2017-present Social influences on the epigenomic landscape of the aging nonhuman primate brain, University of Washington. With Noah Snyder-Mackler and Daniel Promislow.
2013-2017 Population genomics of a baboon hybrid zone in Zambia, Washington University: Ph.D. Dissertation. Advisor Jane Phillips-Conroy.
2013-2017 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.

Media Coverage

2017 "Poop May Be the Key to Studying the Most Elusive Animals on Earth". Gizmodo. February 17, 2017.

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 · Evolutionary Anthropology · International Journal of Primatology · Molecular Ecology Resources · Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Member American Association of Physical Anthropologists · International Primatological Society · American Association of Anthropological Genetics · Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution · American Aging Association · Animal Behavior Society · Lambda Alpha

Skills

Tech Perl, Python, Unix shell, sed/awk, R, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, CouchDB, RDF/SPARQL, QGIS, ArcGIS, NetLogo.
Foreign Languages Spanish (intermediate), Mandarin Chinese (speaking: fluent, writing: basic).

Last update: 6 Jan 2019.