Karin Jaffe

Karin Enstam Jaffe

Primary Field
Biological Anthropology
Individual Type
Professor, Sonoma State University, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Biological anthropology, primatology, applied ethology, primate behavioral ecology, human evolutionary biology

I have over 20 years of experience studying primate behavior in Kenya and Grenada and at the San Diego Zoo, Oakland Zoo, San Francisco Zoo, and Safari West Wildlife Preserve in Sonoma County, California. I have been a faculty member in the Anthropology Department at Sonoma State University since August 2002. A dedicated teacher-scholar, I have won several teaching, scholarship, and mentoring awards, including Sonoma State’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Educational Experience Enhancement Award, and the President's Excellence in Scholarship Award. In addition to teaching, I am a Research Associate at Oakland Zoo, where I have been involved in behavioral enrichment research involving ring-tailed lemurs, chimpanzees, and sun bears, as well as a study of the social network of hamadryas baboons.

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