Amanda Spriggs

Amanda N. Spriggs

Primary Field
Biological Anthropology
Individual Type
Assistant Clinical Professor of Biological Anthropology, SUNY - Albany
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Primate pelage visual signals, color quantification methods, primate visual systems, functional morphology, natural history collections
Geographic Area(s) of Expertise Madagascar

Dr. Amanda Spriggs is a biological anthropologist with interests in visual signals that primates use and the selection pressures that act on the presence or absence of those signals. Her research program explores if and how lemurs use visual signals in pelage to communicate quality to conspecifics, identity to congenerics, and to camouflage from predators. Dr. Spriggs uses digital photography and developed a method of color analysis called Eigencoats to quantify and analyze coloration of museum preserved lemur skins. She is also interested in understanding the selection pressures that drive and maintain visual system variation within lemurs.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Sub-Saharan Africa