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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Research Staff

Dr Sharon Kessler

Personal web page

Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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Thank you for visiting my website. My work integrates disease ecology and animal cognition. I am interested in the role of cognition in the evolution of behavioral defenses against infectious disease.

I earned my PhD in 2014 from Arizona State University, then obtained three independent, internationally competitive postdoctoral fellowships in computer simulation modeling (McGill University, Canada), virology (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany) and primate disease signaling (Durham University, England).

For more information please see my personal website:

Research Interests

  • Primate behaviour and cognition
  • Health signalling
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Conservation medicine
  • Evolution of care-giving in humans
  • Agent-based models
  • Bioacoustics


Research Groups