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Juan Pablo Perea-Rodriguez
Post-Doctoral Associate
PI: Prof. Eduardo Fernandez-Duque 
Owl Monkey Project/Proyecto Mirikina                          
Department of Anthropology
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06511, USA


Contact Info 

Office: Room 305
Location: 10 Sachem St. New Haven, CT

Email: Juan.Perea-Rodriguez@Yale.edu


Background

    I'm generally interested in the evolution of reproductive behaviors and the physiological mechanisms by which they arise and are maintained. I'm especially interested in parental care in mammals, and as an undergraduate student I participated in research investigating the ecological basis of biparental care in the only genetically monogamous monkey (i.e., the owl monkey). I was participated in several captive studies at the DuMond Conservancy for Primates in Miami, FL, as well as field in studies in Formosa, Argentina, with The Owl Monkey ProjectFor my graduate studies I wanted to focus my research on investigating the neuroendocrine basis for the onset and maintenance of paternal care, so I was thrilled to join Professor Wendy Saltzman's lab in the summer of 2010. 

    My dissertation thesis investigated the mechanism by which males become attracted to placenta and newborns, and sought to determine the possible behavioral and neural changes males undergo when they ingest placenta. I used the genetically monogamous and biparental California mouse (Peromyscus californicus) as a model system, as males of this species behave as midwives when their mates give birth, pulling neonates as they are born, ingesting placenta and amniotic fluid in the process.

    I am currently a post-doctoral associate in the Anthropology Department at Yale University working under the mentorship of Professor Eduardo Fernandez-Duque. We aim to study the neuroendocrine, metabolic, and behavioral correlates of pairbonding and parental care in the Argentinean owl monkey (Aotus azarae). We also hope to use these primate as a model for the possible influence various psychosocial states can have on parental care.