Julie Teichroeb

Julie Teichroeb

Julie Teichroeb, Ph.D. (University of Calgary, 2009)
Assistant Professor, Scarborough Campus (UTSC)
*ON LEAVE January 1-June 30, 2020*

(416) 208-2891
Office: MW 372 (Main), AP 348 (St. George)

Research Keywords: Primate Behavioural Ecology, Evolution of Group Living and Social Organization, Spatial Cognition, Group Movements, Concensus Costs, Social Foraging

Research Region: Uganda, Ghana

Website: http://www.julieteichroeb.com

Research Bio

Dr. Teichroeb is a primate behavioural ecologist who primarily examines the evolution of sociality, focusing on the determinants of social organization and the costs and benefits of group-living. She is particularly interested in the relative influence of social and ecological pressures on group dynamics in primates. Her current fieldwork is being carried out at Lake Nabugabo, Uganda and is focused on two species, vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) and Angolan colobus (Colobus angolensis ruwenzorii). Topics of current interest for the vervets include understanding concensus costs in group movements and decision-making during social foraging, utilizing field experiments to ask particular questions. For the colobus, work is underway to determine their patterns of sociality within a dynamic fission-fusion system.


Teichroeb JA & W.G. Aguado. 2016. Foraging vervet monkeys optimize travel distance when alone but prioritize high-reward food sites when in competition. Animal Behavior  115: 1-10.

Teichroeb JA. 2015. Vervet Monkeys Use Paths Consistent with Context-Specific Spatial Movement Heuristics. Ecology and Evolution (doi:10.1002/ece3.1755)

Teichroeb JA, White MMJ & Chapman CA. 2015. Vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) within- group spatial positioning: dominants trade-off predation risk for increased food acquisition.  International Journal of Primatology, Online first (doi:10.1007/s10764-015-9818-4)

Teichroeb JA & Chapman CA. 2014. Sensory information and associative cues used in food detection by wild vervet monkeys. Animal Cognition 17: 517-528.

Teichroeb JA, Wikberg EC, Ting N & Sicotte P. 2013. Factors influencing male affiliation and coalition strength in a species with male dispersal and intense male-male competition,  Colobus vellerosus. Behaviour 151: 1045-1066.

Bonnell TR, Campenni M, Chapman CA. Gogarten JF, Reyna-Hurtado RA, Teichroeb JA, Wasserman  MD, Sengupta R. 2013. Emergent group level navigation: an agent-based evaluation of  movement patterns in a folivorous primate. PLoS One 8: e782664.

Wikberg EC, Teichroeb JA, Badescu I & Sicotte P. 2013. Individualistic female hierarchies with varying strength in a highly folivorous population of black-and-white colobus. Behaviour  150: 295-320.

Teichroeb JA, Wikberg EC, Badescu I, MacDonald LJ & Sicotte P. 2012. Infanticide risk and male  quality influence optimal group composition for Colobus vellerosus. Behavioral Ecology 23: 1348-1359.

Teichroeb JA, Holmes TD & Sicotte P. 2012. Use of sleeping trees in ursine colobus monkey (Colobus vellerosus) indicates the importance of nearby food. Primates 53: 287-296.

Teichroeb JA & Sicotte P. 2012. Cost-free vigilance during feeding in folivorous primates? Examining the effect of predation risk, scramble competition, and infanticide threat on vigilance in ursine colobus monkeys (Colobus vellerosus). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology  66: 453-466.

Teichroeb JA, Wikberg EC & Sicotte P. 2011. Dispersal in male ursine colobus monkeys (Colobus  vellerosus): influence of age, rank and contact with other groups on dispersal decisions. Behaviour 148: 765-793.

Graduate Students

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