Kenneth L. Chiou
Deptartment of Anthropology
Campus Box 1114
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130
Wash U Dept. of Anthropology
I am interested in informatics in field primatology. I am currently developing a digital data collection user interface (UI) designed for use by primatologists and like-minded researchers in the field. The software (eco·logR) will be free and cross-platform and makes use of open, widely supported technologies such as HTML5 (layout), PHP5 (processing), and SQLite/MySQL (database).
I am currently involved in the Kafue National Park Baboon Research Project, where ongoing research is lending insights into the biology of Kinda baboons (Papio cynocephalus kindae) and gray-footed chacma baboons (Papio ursinus griseipes), which hybridize within the confines of Kafue National Park, Zambia. For my dissertation research, I am interested in the behaviors underlying hybridization, especially in how species-specific signals influence mating success across hybridizing taxa.
My past research has examined the molecular evolution of squirrel monkeys (genus Saimiri). With Dr. 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.
With Christina Bergey, I am currently developing a web-based academic genealogy of primatologists. This project was conceived of as an update and expansion of Kelley & Sussman (2007), continuing a tradition of genealogic bookkeeping here at Washington University. See some of Christina's related work here: AJP authorship network · Interactive primate tree
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 Katie Chiou, now a Ph.D. student in archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley, 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].
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