Andrea Baden

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology Hunter College City University of New York


Ph.D. 2011, Stony Brook University M.A. 2006, Stony Brook University B.A. 2003, University of Miami




Overview of Research

Dr. Andrea Baden’s research uses genetic analyses to address questions about the behavior, ecology and evolution of primates. Her main research interests focus on the molecular underpinnings of primate social and reproductive strategies, particularly in the Malagasy strepsirrhines. She is currently working on projects related to: 1) lemur conservation genetics; 2) the role of kinship in lemur social decisions (e.g., patterns of association and range use); and 3) the mechanisms promoting and maintaining lemur allomaternal infant care.

Dr. Baden’s field work is based throughout the eastern moist forests of Madagascar. She established her field site, Mangevo, within the southeastern parcel of Ranomafana National Park. This site has been maintained since 2005 and is one of few projects to maintain ongoing behavioral and demographic monitoring of the critically endangered black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata).


Federman S, Dornburg A, Daly DC, Downie A, Yoder AD, Sargis EJ, Perry GH, Donoghue MJ, Richard A, Baden AL. 2016. Implications of lemuriform extinctions for Malagasy flora. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Deppe A, Baden AL, Wright PC. 2016. The effects of the lunar cycle, temperature, and rainfall on the trapping success of wild brown mouse lemurs (Microcebus rufus) in Ranomafana National Park, southeastern Madagascar. In: Lehman S, Radespiel E, and Zimmermann E, editors. Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs of Madagascar: Biology, Behavior, and Conservation Biogeography of the Cheirogaleidae.

Mundy NI, Morningstar NC, Baden AL, Fernandez-Duque E, Dávalos V, Bradley BJ. 2016. Can colour vision re-evolve? Variation in the X-linked opsin locus of cathemeral Azara’s owl monkeys (Aotus azarae azarae). Frontiers in Zoology 13:9. doi: 10.1186/s12983-016-0139-z

Baden AL, Webster T, Kamilar JM. 2016. Resource seasonality and reproduction predict fission-fusion dynamics in a Malagasy strepsirrhine, Varecia variegata. American Journal of Primatology. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22507

Tecot SR, Baden AL. 2015. Allomaternal care in primates. In: Scott RA, Kosslyn SM, Eds. Emerging Trends in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell.

Kamilar JM, Baden AL. 2014. What drives flexibility in primate social organization? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68: 1677-1692. doi: 10.1007/s00265-014-1776-x

Baden AL, Holmes SM, Johnson SE, Engberg SE, Louis EE Jr, Bradley BJ. 2014. Species-level view of population structure and gene flow for a critically endangered primate (Varecia variegata). Ecology and Evolution 4: 2675-2692. doi:10.1002/ece3.1119

Baden AL, Wright PC, Louis EE, Jr, Bradley BJ. 2013. Communal nesting, kinship, and maternal success in a social primate. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology doi:10.1007/s00265-013-1601-y

Holmes SM, Baden AL, Brenneman RA, Engberg SE, Louis EE Jr, Johnson SE. 2013. Patch size and isolation influence genetic patterns in black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) populations. Conservation Genetics 14:615-624.

Tecot SR, Baden AL, Romine N, Kamilar J. 2013. Reproductive strategies and infant care in the Malagasy primates. In: Clancy K, Hinde K, Rutherford J, eds. Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives. Springer Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects Book Series. New York: Springer, pp. 321-359.

Tecot SR, Baden AL, Romine N, Kamilar JM. 2012. Infant parking and nesting, not allomaternal care, influence Malagasy primate life histories. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 66:1375-1386.

Wright PC, Erhart EM, Tecot SR, Baden AL, Arrigo-Nelson S, Herrera J, Morelli TL, Blanco M, Deppe A, Atsalis S, Johnson SE, Tan C, Zohdy S. 2012. Long-term lemur research at Centre ValBio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. In: Kappeler PM, Watts D, eds. Long-term research in Primates. Dordrecht: Springer. pp. 67-100.

Wright PC, Tecot SR, Erhart EM, Baden AL, King SJ, Grassi C. 2011. The role of lemurs in maintaining Madagascar ecosystems: implications for forest composition. American Journal of Primatology 73:1-18.

Fleagle JG, Gilbert CC, Baden AL. 2010. Primate cranial diversity. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142:565-578.

Ross CF, Baden AL, Georgi J, Herrel A, Metzger K, Reed D, Schaerlaeken V, Wolff M. 2010. Modulation of amniote chewing. Journal of Experimental Biology 213:572-584.

Baden AL, Brenneman RA, Louis EE Jr. 2008. Morphometrics of wild black-and-white ruffed lemurs [Varecia variegata, Kerr 1972]. American Journal of Primatology 70: 913-926.

Wright PC, King SJ, Baden A, and Jernvall J. 2008. Aging in wild female lemurs: Sustained fertility with increased infant mortality. In: Atsalis S, Margulis S, Hop PR, eds. Reproductive Aging in Primates. Basel: Karger Press, Basel, vol. 36, pp. 17-28.