Sunday, October 21, 2012

Clara B. Jones: Brief CV

CLARA B. JONES [DOB: 8/12/1943-]: Brief CV (-2018)

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City: Silver Spring, MD, USA

Phone: 828-279-4429
Amazon Author’s Page:

Training, Research, Employment [selected]:

Cornell University Ph.D. Biopsychology 1978 [William C. Dilger; Ruth E. Buskirk]

Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow in Population Genetics 1981-1982 [Richard C. Lewontin]

Independent Researcher [including field research in Latin America 1973-2007: plants, animals]

Community Conservation, Inc., USA, Associate 1997-2011 [Rob Horwich]

Organization for Tropical Studies [OTS], Course # 1973-2

Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology; Seewiesen, Bavaria 1981 [Irenaus Eibl-Eibesfeldt]

American Museum of Natural History, NYC, Visiting Scientist, Mammals 1985-1986: Pleistocene forest refuges, Africa, Primates [Sydney Anderson]

Rutgers University, NJ, Institute of Animal Behavior, Visiting Faculty 1991-1996

Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Mexico, Visiting Scientist 1996 [Ernesto Rodriguez-Luna]

Jackson (MS) State University, Department of Psychology, Visiting Scientist 2002 [Sheree Watson]

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center [NESCent], Visiting Scholar 2005, 2006

Additional Coursework: Environmental Sciences [M.A. Program, Montclair State [NJ] University, not completed: Harbans Singh]; GIS [M.A. Program, U-MD, not completed: Derek Thompson]

Doctoral Committee: Biological Psychology [Ethology: William C. Dilger, birds (Neurobiology & Behavior)]; Neurobiology & Behavior [Behavioral Ecology: Ruth E. Buskirk, spiders]; Social Psychology [Stephen C. Jones, Humans]) 

Current Research Interests: Social Biology [especially, Group-formation, Group maintenance, Division-of-Labor, Social parasitism*]; Invasive field research; Triage Conservation; Vertebrates, Mammals, Primates

Taxa studied: Tropical Plants [Mentor, Harlan Banks], field: [published] Pithecellobium saman, Andira inermis; [unpublished] bracken fern [Dennstaedtiaceae spp.], Tabebuia neocrysantha [Bignoniaceae], xat√© [Chamaedorea spp.]; Animals, field: [published] Fish [Entomacrodus nigricans]; Mammals [including, humans; particularly, howler monkeys, Alouatta spp. [Alouatta palliata, 3 sub-spp., A. pigra, A. caraya]; [unpublished] spiders, vultures, dung beetles; laboratory: [unpublished] albino [Norway] rats, Madagascar cockroaches, planaria, vultures, scorpions, dung beetles
Publications: > 100, including, scientific articles and book chapters, 5 books, 2 special Issues [1= 2 parts], book reviews, technical reports, newsletter, and newspaper articles

Primary influences: Sydney Anderson, Harlan Banks, Irwin Bernstein, Andrew Bourke, Jack Bradbury, Bernie Crespi, Bill Dilger, Irenaus Eibl-Eibesfeldt, John Eisenberg, Steve Emlen, "Griff" Ewer, Steve Frank, Masao Kawai, Harry Levin, Dick Lewontin, Jasper Loftus-Hills, Martin Moynihan, Gene E. Robinson, M.E.P. Seligman, Robert Trivers, Sandi Vehrencamp, Stu West, Mary Jane West-Eberhard


1.      Jones CB [ed] [2003] Sexual selection and reproductive competition in primates: new perspectives and directions. American Society of Primatologists, Norman, OK

2.      Jones CB [2005] Behavioral flexibility in primates: causes and consequences. Springer, New York

3.      Hager R Jones CB [eds] [2009] Reproductive skew in vertebrates: proximate and ultimate causes. Cambridge University Press, New York

4.      Jones CB [2012] Robustness, plasticity, and evolvability in mammals: a thermal niche approach. Springer, New York

5.    Jones CB [2014] The evolution of mammalian sociality in an ecological perspective. Springer Brief, Springer, New York

Special Issues

1.      Jones CB [ed] [2001] Sampling Neotropical primates: implications for conservation and socioecology. Primate Report 61: 3-71

2.      Jones CB [ed] [2003] Primate dispersal: proximate and ultimate causes and consequences [Part 1]. Primate Report 67: 3-98

3.      Jones CB [ed] [2004]. Primate dispersal: proximate and ultimate causes and consequences [Part 2]. Primate Report 68: 3-95

Recent Publications

Horwich R et al. [2012] Community conservation. In: Moutinho P (ed), Deforestation around the world [Ch 14], pp 283-318.

Jones CB [2013] Seasonal tropical forests. In Horwath RW [ed], pp 163-168. Biomes and ecosystems. Ipswich, MA, Salem Press

Jones CB [2013] Sub-tropical forest biome. In Horwath RW [ed], pp 142-148. Biomes and ecosystems. Ipswich, MA, Salem Press

Jones CB [2013] Constraints on speciation in human populations: phenotypic diversity matters. Human Biology Review 2[3]: 263-279

Book Review: Trivers RL [2015], Wild Life, Biosocial Research, NJ; International Society of Behavioral Ecology Newsletter 28-1, Spring/Summer 2016

Book Review: Ebensperger LA & Hayes LD [2016], Sociobiology of Caviomorph Rodents, Wiley-Blackwell; Koenig WD, Dickinson JL [2016], Cooperative Breeding in Vertebrates, CUP; ISBE Newsletter 28-2, Fall/Winter 2016

Book Review: Clutton-Brock T [2017], Mammal Societies, Wiley-Blackwell; ISBE Newsletter 29-1, Spring/Summer 2017


1. Terminology in Social Biology [August, 2014]

2, Are Humans Co[-]operative Breeders [December, 2005]

Current projects

1. The assortment and/or "pattern-formation" of agents/operons by selective [not necessarily conscious or aware] mechanical [morphological] "fit" [as per "self-organization", "collective action", stigmergy, "swarm intelligence"], differentially influencing and influenced by Interaction Rates. [Twitter and/or blogpost] n.b. Weinreich...
2. Social evolution among hystricognath rodents w particular reference to Phiomorphs, incuding, How does Division of Labor evolve? [video: projected August 2015, ~10 min]

3. What is Behavioral Ecology? A White Paper

Selected Scientific Contributions:

1.      First systematic utilization of “Focal” data-collection technique employing randomized [1 subject/d] baseline using physical lab data sheets [10-columns, min x min recording]; all publications for aged and marked Costa Rican Mantled howler Monkeys**, Alouatta palliata palliata, and Riverbanks Zoo Black [now, Black and Gold] howler monkeys, A. caraya; Costa Rican Mantled Howler Monkeys studied in Tropical Dry Forest, Canas, CR in 2 habitats, Deciduous (Group 12) & Riparian (Group 5) [Behavioral Ecology]

2.       First systematic utilization of Radio-telemetry*** [AVM receiving equipment w hand-held antenna; lab-made transmitter attached to one adult female] in field primate studies; all publications for Costa Rican mantled howler monkeys, A.  p. palliata, in Deciduous Habitat

3.  Devised fist systematic qualitative system [visual inspection] to determine estrus stages in howler monkeys [in primates?: 3 stages based on differential tissue color & presence/absence of vaginal secretions [A. p. palliata]

4.   3rd field translocation experiment (1976) utilizing primates as subjects [published (A. p. palliata]; see, also,  Kawai M(asao) [1960] Primates 2: 181-255 and Sugiyama Y(ukimaru) [1966] Primates 7: 41-72.]*****

5.       Systematized and implemented “focal-tree” data-collection method (published: Brenesia; blogpost @****

6.       Principal descriptions of “reverse” dominance system in 3 Alouatta [howler monkey] species: A. palliata [3 subspecies: 1978 (dissertation), 1980], A. caraya, A. pigra*****; published:

7.       Conducted first systematic [field] experimental manipulation of primate herbivore-plant interactions, A. p. palliata [blogpost @]

8.   Conducted opportunistic field experiments using Costa Rican mantled howler monkeys [blogpost @]

9.    First [only?] systematic use in primates of “Vehrencamp’s RRS Method” to calculate “relative reproductive success” [RRS] devised by Sandra L. Vehrencamp [University of CA, San Diego, communication, mid-1970s, in Costa Rica]; published in Neotropical Primates

10.   Demonstrated “displacement coalitions” by male and female mantled howler monkeys; published Jones CB 1980, Primates

11. First quantitative modeling of climate time-series "mapped" onto primate population life table to demonstrate "fine-grained" conditions: Jones CB [1997] Life-history patterns of howler monkeys in a time-varying environment. Boletin Primatologico Latinoamericano 6: 1-8

12. Demonstrated correlation between folivority and capacities for colonization [Belizean black howler monkeys, Alouatta pigra] and frugivory and minimal capacities for colonization [Central Americal (Belize) spider monkeys, Ateles geoffroyi] due to even spatiotemporal dispersions of leaves, clumped spatiotemporal dispersions of most fruit species [Jones & Jost 2007, Laboratory Primate Newsletter]******.

13. Preliminary demonstration of "temporal division-of-labor" [TDL] in a primate: Jones CB [1996] Temporal division of labor in a primate: age-dependent foraging behavior. Neotropical Primates 4: 50-53

14. Began to compare social mammals [primates] and social insects in Jones CB 1980 Primates; e.g*

15. Publications on "behavioral flexibility" & "phenotypic plasticity"

16. Using a verbal argument, synthesized Hamilton's Rule, Competition Theory, and Coexistence Theory [Jones CB (2014) Springer, Chapter 2]

Skill Sets: Reading & conceptualizing 3-D visualization graphs/maps; Writing for publication [empirical research papers, synthetic theoretical/review articles, book chapters, technical monographs [2 Springer Briefs],  notes, newspaper [Salisbury NC] & newsletter articles, book reviews]; Field Research [Methods, Design, & Analysis, especially Invasive Field Experiments]; Animal Immobilization & Translocation [field]; Animal predator-Plant prey Manipulations [field]; Technical Networking; Solution-oriented Problem-solving [including Brainstorming & Negotiation]; Conflict-resolution; Teaching [Undergraduate, Graduate]; Coaching [Solution-focused life tactics and strategies]; Administration [inc. Program Director, Department Head, Division Head]; Reviews of technical papers, chapters, proposals; Private-, NGO-, regional-, community-, & government-entity collaborations related to conservation biology; Development of academic courses [e.g., Genetic Aspects of Behavior]


*Jones CB [2005] Social parasitism in mammals with particular reference to neotropical primates. Mastozoologia Neotropical 12: 19-35

**Animals [Group 5 and Group 12] aged and marked by Norman J. Scott [USFW, retired] and his assistants [including CB Jones]; 2 raw data, 3-ring binders [Group 5: Riparian Habitat; Group 12: Deciduous Habitat] archived via Dr. Todd Vision @ National Evolutionary Synthesis Center [NESCent], Duke University, Durham, NC

***Telemetry equipment provided and 1 adult female ["TC"] fitted with transmitter collar by Scott

****Concept first suggested by Jack W. Bradbury [Cornell University, communication early 1970s], who, also, highlighted the importance of using multiple field assistants systematically recording observations concurrently, an essential procedure for predator-prey experiment

*****with Robin Brockett & Rob Horwich


******Using mapped survey data [Robert H. Horwich's raw data] of the two species' distributions in Belize [the only non-human primate taxa in Belize]

Photo by Liz Williams