Assoc Prof Alison Behie

Associate Professor in Biological Anthropology
School of Archaeology and Anthropology

In 2010, Alison received a Ph.D from The University of Calgary in Biological Anthropology (with a primatology specialization). Her dissertation work examined the effects of a major hurricane on a howler monkey population in Southern Belize, specifically examining the roles of food supply, nutrition, stress hormones and parasitism in the recovery of this population. From 2009 - 2011, Alison lectured in both the Department of Anthropology at The University of Calgary and The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Royal University in Calgary.

In 2011, Alison was appointed lecturer in Biological Anthropology at ANU. In 2015 she was appointed Head of Biological Anthropology in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology and in 2016 became a senior lecturer. Currently, Alison is also an ARC DECRA fellow researching the impact of cyclones and hurricanes on the behaviour and distribution of lemurs in Madagascar and New World Monkeys in Central America.

In addition to her interests in studying the impact of environmental change on non-human primates, Alison also explores similar interests in humans particularly focussing on how stress during pregnancy impacts birth outcomes and early childhood development in populations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Research interests

Pregnancy, birth and stress - The impacts of prenatal stress caused by disasters and environmental changes on pregnancy and birth

Primate behaviour and conservation - 1. Understanding animal adapation to anthropogenic threats from logging and hunting. 2. Understanding the impact of environmental disasters on primate behaviour, ecology, conservation and physiology

  • Yang, Y, Li, Q, Li, Q et al 2020, 'Cafeteria‐style feeding trials provide new insights into the diet and nutritional strategies of the black snub‐nosed monkey(Rhinopithecus strykeri):Implications for conservation', American Journal of Primatology, vol. 82, no. 3.
  • Behie, A, Teichroeb, J & Malone, N, eds, 2019, Primate Research and Conservation in the Anthropocene, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • Kibria, A, Costanza, R, Groves, C et al 2019, 'Does higher access ensure greater wellbeing? - In the perspective of forest ecosystem services of the Sundarbans mangrove forest, Bangladesh', Ocean and Coastal Management, vol. 177, pp. 22-30.
  • Yang, Y, Groves, C, Garber, P et al 2019, 'First insights into the feeding habits of the Critically Endangered black snub‑nosed monkey, Rhinopithecus strykeri (Colobinae, Primates)', Primates, vol. 60, pp. 143-153.
  • Hendershott, R, Hu, G, Groves, C et al 2019, 'Natal-to-juvenile pelage change in free-living François’(Trachypithecus francoisi) and Cat Ba langurs (T. poliocephalus)', Vietnamese Journal of Primatology, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 55-69.
  • Behie A, Miszkiewicz JJ. 2019. Enamel neonatal line thickness in deciduous teeth of Australian children from known maternal health and pregnancy conditions. Early Human Development, 137: 104821.
  • Behie, A 2018, 'Primates', in Vonk J., Shackelford T. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior, Springer Link, Switzerland, pp. 1-11.
  • Behie, A 2018, 'Remembering an amazing scientist and friend, Colin Groves (1942 - 2017)', Evolutionary Anthropology, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 62-63pp.
  • Parayiwa, C & Behie, A 2018, 'Effects of prenatal maternal stress on birth outcomes following tropical cyclone Yasi in Queensland, Australia (2011)', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 28, pp. 768-775pp.
  • Hon, N, Behie, A, Rothman, J et al 2018, 'Nutritional composition of the diet of the northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus annamensis) in northeastern Cambodia', Primates, vol. 59, no. 4, pp. 339-346.
  • Kibria, A, Costanza, R, Groves, C et al 2018, 'The interactions between livelihood capitals and access of local communities to the forest provisioning services of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh', Ecosystem Services, vol. 32, pp. 41-49pp.
  • Hendershott, R, Rawson, B & Behie, A 2018, 'Home Range Size and Habitat use by Cat Ba Langurs (Trachypithecus poliocephalus) in a Disturbed and Fragmented Habitat', International Journal of Primatology, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 547-566.
  • Frechette, J, Hon, N, Behie, A et al 2017, 'Seasonal variation in the diet and activity budget of the northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon Nomascus annamensis', Cambodian Journal of Natural History, vol. 2017, no. 2, pp. 168-178.
  • Hendershott, R, Behie, A & Rawson, B 2017, 'Erratum to: Seasonal Variation in the Activity and Dietary Budgets of Cat Ba Langurs (Trachypithecus poliocephalus)', International Journal of Primatology, vol. online, pp. 1-10.
  • Kibria, A, Behie, A, Costanza, R et al 2017, 'The value of ecosystem services obtained from the protected forest of Cambodia: The case of Veun Sai-Siem Pang National Park', Ecosystem Services, vol. 26, pp. 27-36.
  • Behie, A & O'Donnell, M 2017, 'HIGHER PARENTAL PERCEPTIONS OF WEALTH ASSOCIATED WITH THE BIRTH OF MORE SONS IN AN AUSTRALIAN POPULATION', Journal of Biosocial Science, vol. 50, pp. 569-572pp.
  • Kim-McCormack, N, Smith, C & Behie, A 2016, 'Is interactive technology a relevant and effective enrichment for captive great apes?', Applied Animal Behaviour Science, vol. 185, pp. 1-8.
  • Hendershott, R, Behie, A & Rawson, B 2016, 'Seasonal Variation in the Activity and Dietary Budgets of Cat Ba Langurs (Trachypithecus poliocephalus)', International Journal of Primatology, vol. 37, no. 4-5, pp. 586-604.
  • King, A, Behie, A, Naven, H et al 2016, 'Patterns of salt lick use by mammals and birds in northeastern Cambodia', Cambodian Journal of Natural History, vol. 2016, no. 01, pp. 40-50.
  • Behie, A & Groves, C 2016, 'China's primates: Preserve wild species', Nature, vol. 534, no. 7606, pp. 179-179.
  • Behie, A, Steffens, T, Wyman, T et al 2015, 'Hurricanes and Coastlines: The role of natural disasters in the speciation of howler monkeys', in Alison M. Behie and Marc F. Oxenham (ed.), Taxonomic Tapestries: The Threads of Evolutionary, Behavioural and Conservation Research, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 75-91.
  • Behie, A & Oxenham, M 2015, 'The Groves effect: 50 years of influence on behaviour, evolution and conservation research', in Alison M. Behie and Marc F. Oxenham (ed.), Taxonomic Tapestries: The Threads of Evolutionary, Behavioural and Conservation Research, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 03-09.
  • O'Donnell, M & Behie, A 2015, 'Effects of wildfire disaster exposure on male birth weight in an Australian population', Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, vol. 2015, no. 1, pp. 344-354.
  • Behie, A & Oxenham, M, eds, 2015, Taxonomic Tapestries : The threads of evolutionary, behavioural and conservation research, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia.
  • Oxenham, M & Behie, A 2015, 'The warp and weft: Synthesising our taxonomic tapestry', in Alison M. Behie and Marc F. Oxenham (ed.), Taxonomic Tapestries: The Threads of Evolutionary, Behavioural and Conservation Research, ANU Press, Canberra, Australia, pp. 373-380.
  • Behie, A & PavelKa, M 2015, 'Fruit as a key factor in howler monkey population density: conservation implications.', in M.M Kowalewskim, P.A Garber, L Cortes-Ortiz (ed.), Howler Monkeys: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Springer New York, Unknown, pp. 357-382.
  • O'Donnell, M & Behie, A 2015, 'Adapting to Disaster? A commentary on Hamamatsu Et Al (2014)', Journal of Biosocial Science, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 413-416.
  • O'Donnell, M & Behie, A 2015, 'Adapting to disaster? A commentary on Hamamatsu et al (2014) - A brief Reply', Journal of Biosocial Science, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 421-422.
  • Behie, A & O'Donnell, M 2015, 'Prenatal smoking and age at menarche: Influence of the prenatal environment on the timing of puberty', Human Reproduction, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 957-962.
  • Behie, A, Kutz, S & PavelKa, M 2014, 'Cascading Effects of Climate Change: Do Hurricane-damaged Forests Increase Risk of Exposure to Parasites?', Biotropica, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 25-31.
  • Behie AM and Pavelka MSM. 2014. Fruit as a key factor in howler monkey population density: conservation implications. In Howler monkeys: Examining the biology, adaptive radiation, and behavioral ecology of the most widely distributed Genus of Neotropical Primate. Kowalewski M, Garber PA, Cortes-Ortiz L, Urbani B and Youlatos D (eds). Springer Press.
  • Behie, A & PavelKa, M 2013, 'Interacting roles of diet, cortisol levels, and parasites in determining population density of Belizean howler monkeys in a hurricane damaged forest fragment', in Marsh L.K and Chapman C.A (ed.), Primates in fragments: complexity and resilience, Springer New York, New York, pp. 447-456.
  • O'Donnell, M & Behie, A 2013, 'Effects of bushfire stress on birth outcomes: A cohort study of the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday bushfires', International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, vol. 5, pp. 98-106.
  • Behie, A & PavelKa, M 2012, 'Food selection in the black howler monkey following habitat disturbance: Implications for the importance of mature leaves', Journal of Tropical Ecology, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 153-160.
  • Behie, A 2012, 'Book Review: Peter M. Kappeler and David P. Watts (eds):Long-Term Field Studies of Primates', International Journal of Primatology, vol. 33, no. 6, pp. 1511-1515.
  • Behie, A & PavelKa, M 2012, 'The Role of Minerals in Food Selection in a Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta Pigra) Population in Belize Following a Major Hurricane', American Journal of Primatology, vol. 74, no. 11, pp. 1054-1063.
  • Behie, A, PavelKa, M & Chapman, C 2010, 'Sources of Variation in Fecal Cortisol Levels in Howler Monkeys in Belize', American Journal of Primatology, vol. 72, pp. 600-606.
  • Kowalzik, B, Pavelka MSM, Kutz S and Behie AM. 2010. Parasites, Primates and Ant-Plants: Clues to the lifecycle of Controrchis sp. in black howler monkeys, Alouatta pigra, in Southern Belize. Journal of Wildlife Disease 46 (4): 1330-1334
  • Behie, AM and Pavelka, MSM. 2005. The short-term effect of Hurricane Iris on the diet and activity budget of black howlers (Alouatta pigra) in Monkey River, Belize. Folia Primatologica 76(1): 1-9.
  • Pavelka, MSM and Behie, AM. 2005. The effect of Hurricane Iris on the food supply of black howlers (Alouatta pigra) in southern Belize. Biotropica 37(1): 102-108.

  • Pavelka, MSM, Brusselers, OT, Nowak, D and Behie, AM. 2003. Population reduction and social disorganization in black howlers (Alouatta pigra) following a hurricane. International Journal of Primatology. 24(5): 1037-1055.