Libby Nutt Williams
Annual Colloquium - 2000
Women of Science/Science of Women
Department of Anthropology
University of Southern California Honorary Research Fellow
University College, London
Visiting lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California and Honorary Research Fellow, University College, London, Dr. Amy Parish has concentrated her studies in the fields of evolutionary biology, sociobiological theory, and behavioral ecology. Her research in the behavioral ecology of human and non-human primate females led to her study of the bonobos (Pan paniscus), the most "female dominant" of the apes, in captivity in Germany and the United States. Her investigations of the bonobos have revealed dramatic differences in the social relationships and relative powers of the males and females of this species and have prompted reconsideration of issues of gender, hierarchy, and dominance that characterize the affiliative bonds of the species.
In "The Social Organization of Bonobos," Dr. Parish will share her extensive research on the behavioral ecology of male-female and female-female interactions within the bonobos.