Shawn Lehman

Shawn Lehman

Shawn Lehman, Ph.D. (Washington University, St. Louis, 1999)
Associate Professor, St. George Campus

(416) 978-4003
Office: AP 404A (Main), AP 404 (Lab)

Research Keywords: Primate evolutionary ecology, Landscape ecology of lemurs and trees, Conservation biogeography of primates.

Research Region: Madagascar, Guyana


Research Bio

The longitudinal research objective that my students and I pursue is to integrate evolutionary ecology and conservation biogeography to model primate responses to anthropogenic disturbances. The specific aim of our research program is to determine how forest loss, forest fragmentation, and forest edges influence lemur ecology in Madagascar. Most of our research takes place in tropical dry forests in and around Ankarafantsika National Park, in NW Madagascar.


2016 (in press)  Lehman, S.M., U. Radespiel, and E. Zimmermann (editors).  Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs of Madagascar: Biology, Behavior, and Conservation Biogeography of the Cheirogaleidae.  Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

2015. Lehman, S.M. Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology, 2nd ed. New York: Pearson Custom Publishing.

2013 Lehman S.M.  Effects of altitude on the conservation biogeography of lemurs in south east Madagascar.  In S. Gursky, A. Krzton, and N. Grows (Eds) High Altitude Primates, pp. 3-22. New York: Springer Press, Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects Vol. 44.

2013 Lehman S.M., J.-C. Vie, M.A. Norconk, B. Urbani, N. Ceballos-Mago, and C. Portillo. The Guyana Shield: Venezuela and the Guyanas. In A.A. Barnett, L.M. Veiga, S.F. Ferrari, and M.A. Norconk (Eds) Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis and Uacaris, pp 311-319. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013 Lehman, S.M. Evolutionary ecology of the Pitheciinae: Evidence for energetic equivalence or phylogenetically structured environmental variation? In A.A. Barnett, L.M. Veiga, S.F. Ferrari, and M.A. Norconk (Eds) Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Titis, Sakis and Uacaris, pp. 106-113. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2012 Barnett, A.A., S. Boyle, M. Norconk, S. Palminteri, R. Santos, L. Veiga, T. Alvim, M. Bowler, J. Chism, A. di Fiore, E. Fernandez-Duque, A.C.P. Guimaraes, A. Harrison-Levine, T. Haugaasen, S. M. Lehman, K. Mackinnon, F. de Melo, L. Moreira, V. Moura, C. Phillips, L. Pinto, M. Port-Carvalho, E. Setz, C. Shaffer, L. Rodrigues da Silva, S. da Silva, R. Soares, C. Thompson, T. Vieira, A. Vreedzaam, S. Walker-Pacheco, W. Spironello, A. Maclarnon, and S. Ferrari. Terrestriality in Pitheciines: Is ground-use an unexplored niche for platyrrhines? American Journal of Primatology 74(12):1106-1127.

2012 Crowley, B.E., K.M. McGoogan, and S.M. Lehman. Edge effects on foliar stable isotope values in a Madagascan tropical dry forest. PLoS One 7(9):e44538.

2012 Kamilar, J.M., K.M. Muldoon, S.M. Lehman, and J.P. Herrera. Testing Bergmann’s Rule and the resource seasonality hypothesis in Malagasy primates using GIS-based climate data. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147(3):401-408.

2010  Lehman, S.M. Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology. (Pearson, Canada, Toronto).

Graduate Students

T. Jean Arseneau-Robar

Keren Klass

Fernando Malabet

Malcolm S. Ramsay