Department of Anthropology, College of Letters and Science
I am interested in the evolution of complex social systems, and specifically, understanding how collective (group) behaviors emerge from interactions among individuals, and how group traits impact individual fitness. I use remote tracking technology in conjunction with field-based experiments and observational methods to explore group movement and decision-making, coordinated territorial defense, and other collective behaviors in primate social groups.
Cooperation and Conflict in Intergroup Competition
Crofoot, M.C. 2013. The Cost of Defeat: Capuchins groups travel further, faster and later after losing conflicts with neighbors. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 152(1): 79-85.
Crofoot, M.C. and Gilby, I.C. 2012. Cheating monkeys undermine group strength in enemy territory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 109(2): 501-505.
Crofoot, M. C., Rubenstein, D. I., Maiya, A. S., Berger-Wolf, T. Y. 2011. Aggression, grooming and group-level cooperation in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus): Insights from Social Networks. American Journal of Primatology, 73(8): 821-833.
Crofoot, M. C., Gilby, I. C., Wikelski, M. C., Kays, R. W. 2008. Interaction location outweighs the competitive advantage of numerical superiority in Cebus capucinus intergroup contests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(2): 577-581.
Consensus Decision-Making and Collective Behavior in Primate Societies
Farine, D. R.*, Strandburg-Peshkin*, A., Berger-Wolf, T., Ziebart, B., Brugere, I., Li, J., Crofoot, M.C. 2016. Both Nearest Neighbors and Long-term Affiliates Predict Individual Locations During Collective Movement in Wild Baboons. Scientific Reports. 6: 27704.
Amornbunchornvej, C., Brugere, I., Strandburg-Peshkin, A.*, Farine, D.*, Crofoot, M. C., Berger-Wolf, T.Y. 2016. FLICA: A framework for leader identification in coordinated activity. arXiv preprint arXiv:1603.01570.
Strandburg-Peshkin, A.*, Farine, D.*, Couzin, I., Crofoot, M.C. 2015 Shared decision-making drives collective movement in wild baboons. Science. 348(6241): 1358-61.
Li, J., Brugere, I., Ziebart, B., Berger-Wolf, T., Crofoot, M., Farine, D.* 2014. Social Information Improves Location Prediction in the Wild. Proceedings of the 15th International Workshop on Trajectory-based Behaviour Analytics (TrBA’15).
Grad Group Affiliations
- Animal Behavior
- 2001 B.A. Human Biology Stanford University
- 2003 M.A. Biological Anthropology Harvard University
- 2008 Ph.D. Biological Anthropology Harvard University