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    Brenda Mccowan- BS, PhD
    Professor and Researcher
    Population Health & Reproduction

    4205 VM3B
    Davis, CA 95616

    +1 530 754 7373
    bjmccowan@ucdavis.edu

       

    Research Focus

    Animal health, management and well-being; Wildlife conservation; Bioacoustics; Ethology

    Specialty Focus

    Social networks and health

    Education

    1985 BS , Cornell University, Ithaca, NY,
    1994 PhD , Harvard University, Cambridge, MA,

    Honors and Awards

    1992 Award of Teaching Excellence, Harvard University
    1985 Honors Program Graduate, Cornell University

    Active Research Grants

    Principal Investigator, Determining the dynamic influence of social networks on development and health trajectories, (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health

    Co-Principal Investigator, Subcontract: Improving stability and reproduction in rhesus colonies by increasing male ratios, Mollie Bloomsmith (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health

    Principal Investigator, Drivers and mechanisms underlying human-macaque coupled systems across a socio-cultural gradient, (Principal Investigator), National Science Foundation

    Principal Investigator, Behavioral Management of Deleterious Aggression in Rhesus Macaques, (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health

    Principal Investigator, Expanding the utility of social network analysis for multilevel health outcomes, (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health

    Co-Investigator, Reducing occupational exposure to zoonotic pathogens in California dairy farm workers , Edward R. Atwill (Principal Investigator), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Most Recent 10 Publications

    • Brenda Mccowan: Laboratory rhesus macaque social housing and social changes: Implications for research 2017 Hannibal DL, Bliss-Moreau E, Vandeleest J, McCowan B, Capitanio J Laboratory rhesus macaque social housing and social changes: Implications for research Am J Primatol,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Do 2017 Capitanio JP, Blozis SA, Snarr J, Steward A, McCowan B Do "birds of a feather flock together" or do "opposites attract"? Behavioral responses and temperament predict success in pairings of rhesus monkeys in a laboratory setting Am J Primatol,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Effects of Human Management Events on Conspecific Aggression in Captive Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). 2017 Theil JH, Beisner BA, Hill AE, McCowan B Effects of Human Management Events on Conspecific Aggression in Captive Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci,
    • Brenda Mccowan: The “strength of weak ties” and helminth parasitism in giraffe social networks 2016 VanderWaal KL, Obanda V, Omondi GP, McCowan B, Wang H, Hsieh F, Isbell L The “strength of weak ties” and helminth parasitism in giraffe social networks Behavioral Ecology,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Social buffering and contact transmission: network connections have beneficial and detrimental effects on Shigella infection risk among captive rhesus macaques 2016 Balasubramaniam K, Beisner B, Vandeleest J, Atwill E, McCowan B Social buffering and contact transmission: network connections have beneficial and detrimental effects on Shigella infection risk among captive rhesus macaques PeerJ,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Prevalence of enteric bacterial parasites with respect to anthropogenic factors among commensal rhesus macaques in Dehradun, India 2016 Beisner BA, Balasubramaniam KN, Fernandez K, Heagerty A, Seil SK, Atwill ER, Gupta BK, Tyagi PC, Chauhan NP, Bonal BS, Sinha PR, McCowan B Prevalence of enteric bacterial parasites with respect to anthropogenic factors among commensal rhesus macaques in Dehradun, India Primates,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Decoupling social status and status certainty effects on health in macaques: a network approach 2016 Vandeleest JJ, Beisner BA, Hannibal DL, Nathman AC, Capitanio JP, Hsieh F, Atwill ER, McCowan B Decoupling social status and status certainty effects on health in macaques: a network approach PeerJ,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Social power, conflict policing, and the role of subordination signals in rhesus macaque society 2016 Beisner BA, Hannibal DL, Finn KR, Fushing H, McCowan B Social power, conflict policing, and the role of subordination signals in rhesus macaque society Am J Phys Anthropol,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Effect of indoor compared with outdoor location during gestation on the incidence of diarrhea in indoor-reared Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) 2016 Elfenbein HA, Rosso LD, McCowan B, Capitanio JP Effect of indoor compared with outdoor location during gestation on the incidence of diarrhea in indoor-reared Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci,
    • Brenda Mccowan: Connections matter: Social networks and lifespan health in primate translational models 2016 McCowan B, Beisner B, Bliss-Moreau E, Vandeleest J, Jin J, Hannibal D, Hsieh F Connections matter: Social networks and lifespan health in primate translational models Front Psychol,

    Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

    2017 Baker K, Bloomsmith M, Coleman K, Crockett C, Fahey M, Lutz C, McCowan B, Pierre P, Weed J, Worlien J: The behavioral management consortium: A partnership for promoting consensus and best practices, Shaprio, S., (ed), Handbook of Primate Behavior Management, New York. .

    2017 McCowan B, Beisner BA: Utility of systems network analysis for understanding complexity in primate behavioral management, Shaprio, S., (ed), Handbook of Primate Behavior Management, New York. .

    2016 Ferrer-i-Cancho R, McCowan B, Lusseau, D: Parallels of human language in the behavior of dolphins, , Neurons and Cognition (q-bio.NC); Computation and Language (cs.CL). arXiv:1605.01661 [q-bio.NC].. .

    2015 Beisner BA, McCowan B: Chapter 11: Social networks and animal welfare, Krause J, James R, Franks DW, Croft DP, (ed), Animal Social Networks, Oxford. 111-22.

    2009 Ferrer-i-Cancho R, McCowan B: A law of word meaning in dolphin whistle types, , Entropy. 688-701.

    External Links

    McCowan Animal Behavior Lab