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Research Interests

  • Primate ecology, behavior, and conservation
  • Neotropical forests
  • Ecology of rare species
  • Fragmented habitat dynamics


  • PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • MA, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI


Dr. Anneke DeLuycker is a biological anthropologist specializing in the ecology, behavior, and conservation of primates, particularly in the Neotropics. Broadly, her research concerns how ecological and evolutionary processes influence behavioral patterns, including the evolution of feeding and foraging plasticity and the evolution of mating systems. Her research interests also extend to the ecology of rare species, ecology, and demography of isolated populations in fragmented habitats, and human-wildlife interactions.

As a field primatologist, Anneke has conducted research in Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Guyana, and Nicaragua. She conducted the first long-term field study on the San Martín titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), a critically endangered primate in northern Peru, and continues to promote awareness and conservation initiatives for this and other primate species in the region. She is passionate about developing local and community-based initiatives to enhance conservation methodology.

Anneke has extensive experience in teaching overseas field schools and has taught a primate behavioral ecology and conservation course at the Los Amigos Biological Field Station in Madre de Dios, Peru (2013-ongoing) and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) on Barro Colorado Island, Panama (2008-2010). She brings her international experience, scientific expertise, and anthropological perspective to inform and strengthen her teaching and outreach endeavors.

Selected Publications

DeLuycker AM. 2021. Diet and feeding ecology of critically endangered San Martín titi monkey (Plecturocebus oenanthe) in Peru. International Journal of Primatology.

Almeyda Zambrano SL, Broadbent E, Shanee S, Shanee N, DeLuycker A, Steinberg M, Hernández Jaramillo A, Fernandez Hilario R, Castillo C, Almeyda Zambrano AM. 2019. Habitat preference in the critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda) in La Esperanza, Peru. Amercian Journal of Primatology 81:1-13.

Gutierrez BL, Almeyda Zambrano AM, Almeyda Zambrano SL, Quispe Gil CA, Bohlman S, Avellan Arias E, Mulder G, Ols C, Dirzo R., DeLuycker AM, Lewis K, Broadbent EN. 2019. An island of wildlife in a human-dominated landscape: the last fragment of primary forest on the Osa Peninsula’s Golfo Dulce coastline, Costa Rica. PLOS ONE 14(3):e0214390.

McNeil J, DeLuycker A, Putman, S. 2018. Using environmental DNA to connect lab science with field practice. The American Biology Teacher 80(4):285-289.

Boyle S, Thompson C, DeLuycker A, et al. 2016. Geographic comparison of plant genera used in frugivory among the pitheciids Cacajao, Callicebus, Chiropotes, and Pithecia. American Journal of Primatology 78:493-506.

Chapman C, DeLuycker A, Reynal-Hurtado R, Serio-Silva JC, Smith T, Strier K, Goldberg T. 2014. Safeguarding biodiversity: what is perceived as working according to the conservation community. Oryx 50(2): 302-307.

DeLuycker AM. 2014. Observations of a daytime birthing event in wild titi monkeys (Callicebus oenanthe): implications of the male parental role. Primates 55:59-67.

DeLuycker AM. 2012. Insect prey foraging strategies in Callicebus oenanthe in northern Peru. American Journal of Primatology 74(5):450-461.

DeLuycker AM. 2007. Notes on the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) and its status in the Protected Forest of Alto Mayo, northern Peru. Primate Conservation 22:41-47.

DeLuycker AM. 2006. Preliminary report and conservation status of the Río Mayo titi monkey, Callicebus oenanthe (Thomas, 1924), in the Alto Mayo Valley, northeastern Peru. Primate Conservation 21:33-39.


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