Shahrina Chowdhury

Photo credit: Larissa Swedell

Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York


B.A. 1998, University of Chicago M.A. 2004, Columbia University



Overview of Research

In July 2006 Shahrina came to Cape Town to assist on projects with the chacma baboons in Tokai Forest. After finishing her coursework and qualifying exams in the US, Shahrina returned to Cape Town in August 2009 to start her own Ph.D. project on social behavior and stress in female chacma baboons in the Tokai population. This project is currently funded by awards from the US National Science Foundation, the South African National Research Foundation, and the City University of New York.


Cords, M. and Chowdhury, S. Life history of blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis stuhlmanni) in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. International Journal of Primatology. Published online DOI: 10.1007/s10764-010-9405-7.

Chowdhury, S., Fernandez-Duque, E. and Rudran, R. 2008. Influence of group structure on life histories of female red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) of Venezuela. Primate Eye 96: Abstract # 858.

Steiper, M., Swedell, L., Chowdhury, S., & Garrett, E. 2008. A comparison of inexpensive methods for obtaining DNA from feces in baboons. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 46: 200.

Chowdhury, S. and Cords, M. 2005. Life history of wild female blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis stuhlmanni). Poster presented at 1st international NYCEP conference “Monkeys Old and New” in New York, October 29, 2005

Chowdhury, S. and Cords, M. 2004. Life history of wild female blue monkeys. Oral presentation for the Congress of the International Primatological Society, Turin, Italy, August 22-28.