Kenny Chiou


Research Projects

I am interested in informatics in field primatology. In the past, I have explored various database platforms and developed software for data collection and data management, including a prototype for a mobile data logging application called eco·logR. At present, I am collaborating with Anthony Di Fiore, Tom Igoe, Robyn Overstreet, and Jane Phillips-Conroy on a multidisciplinary, multitiered intiative to develop standards, software, and new visions for “next-generation” primatological data management (find out more).

My dissertation research is on the population genomics of a baboon hybrid zone in Kafue National Park, Zambia (find out more).

I am also interested in the behavior, natural history, and evolution of the Kinda baboon (Papio kindae). Since 2011, I have been involved in various field and laboratory projects gathering data on behavior, morphometrics, genomics, endocrinology, parasitology, and microbiology. At present, I am collaborating with Anna Weyher on the behavior and population genetics of Kinda baboons at Kasanka National Park.

My past research has examined the molecular evolution of squirrel monkeys (genus Saimiri). With Mary Blair, I am now developing species distribution models to evaluate patterns of niche divergence and to test biogeographical hypotheses in squirrel monkeys and other primate taxa.

Other Projects

In collaboration with Mini Watsa, I developed the Washington University Department of Anthropology Grants Database, a searchable online resource for the Washington University Department of Anthropology [link]

While taking a population genetics course at Washington University, I developed an agent-based model to simulate approximate Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium in a population of finite size. The model is written in NetLogo and can be run as a Java applet [link].

With Katherine Chiou, I wrote an extensive guide to undergraduate fieldwork in all fields of anthropology. Originally written for the New York University undergraduate community, the guide is now fully online in wiki format and can be continually updated by the public [link].
Update: While I continue to host this resource, I am no longer actively developing or maintaining it. Please contact me if you are interested in continuing this project.

Left without work for one week during a period of cascading Internet troubles, I created a series of primate face illustrations. Here is a sample of my work [link].