Program: Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)
Dominique Raboin holds a B.A. in biological anthropology and ecology from New York University and a M.A. from Hunter College at the City University of New York in animal behavior and conservation. She is broadly interested in primate behavioral ecology, including the costs and benefits of sociality from an evolutionary perspective. As an undergrad, Dominique studied feeding ecology in urban wildlife. Her master’s research investigated primate infant care and feeding ecology, specifically the feeding benefits of allomaternal care in guereza monkeys in Kibale National Park, Uganda. In addition to field research, Dominique gained experience in a primate molecular ecology lab, genotyping ringtail lemur samples to map their genetic diversity in Madagascar.
Her current research interests include kin and non-kin associations and social development among primates. For her dissertation, Dominique hopes to explore the roles of social learning during the juvenile period and juvenile-conspecific associations in long-term survivability of olive baboons in Laikipia, Kenya. Dominique hopes to contribute to primate conservation through her research and engagement in conservation education.