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Dr Constance Dubuc


2014-17      Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge, UK

2012-14      Postdoctoral fellow, New York University (NYU), USA

2010-12      Postdoc, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & German Primate Center (DPZ), Germany

2005-10      Ph.D. fellow (SSHRC), Université de Montréal, Canada

2002-04      M.Sc., U. Montréal

1998-02      B.Sc. Biology (Spec. Animal Physiology) with Certificate in Anthropology, U. Montréal


Research Group

Large Animal Research Group:
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Key Publications

Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Cascio, J., Lee, S., Petersdorf, M., Maestripieri, M., Winters, S. & Higham, J. (2015) Who cares? Experimental attention biases provide new insights into a mammalian sexual signal. Behavioral Ecology. (in press).

Dubuc, C., Winters, S., Allen, W.L., Brent, L.J.N., Cascio, J., Maestripieri, D., Ruiz-Lambides, A.V., Widdig, A., & Higham, J.P. (2014). Sexually-selected skin colour is heritable and linked to fecundity in a non-human primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 281: doi 10.1098/rspb.2014.1602.

Dubuc, C., Ruiz-Lambides, A., & Widdig, A. (2014). Variance in male lifetime reproductive success and estimation of the degree of polygyny in a primate. Behavioral Ecology, 25:878-889.

Dubuc, C., Muniz, L., Heistermann, M., Widdig, A., & Engelhardt, A. (2012). Do males time their mate-guarding effort with the fertile phase in order to secure fertilisation in Cayo Santiago rhesus macaques? Hormones and Behavior, 61: 696-705.

Dubuc, C., Muniz, L., Heistermann, M., Engelhardt, A., & Widdig, A. (2011). Testing the priority-of-access model in a seasonally breeding primate species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 65: 1615-1627.


Other Publications

Higham, J.P., & Dubuc, C. (2015). Evolution of female fertility signals in macaques. eSL – Wiley’s citable reviews in the life sciences, doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0024968.

Winters, S., Dubuc, C., & Higham, J.P. (2015). The looking time experimental paradigm in studies of non-human perception and cognition. Ethology, doi: 10.1111/eth.12378.

Dubuc, C., Allen, W.L., Maestripieri, D., & Higham, J.P. (2014). Is male rhesus macaque red color ornamentation attractive to females? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68:1215-1224.

Dubuc, C., Coyne, S.P. & Maestripieri, D. (2013). Effect of mating activity and dominance rank on male masturbation among free-ranging male rhesus macaques. Ethology, 119:1-8.

Dubuc, C. (2013). Book review: Alan F. Dixson, Primate Sexuality: Comparative Studies of the Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, and Human, 2nd Edition. International Journal of Primatology, 34: 216-218.

Dubuc, C., Hughes, K.D, Cascio, J., & Santos, L. (2012). Social tolerance in a despotic primate: co-feeding between consortship partners in rhesus macaques. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 148: 73-80.

Bélisle, P., Prud’homme, J., & Dubuc, C. (2012). The impact of kinship, defence cost and priority of access on food competition. In: The Monkeys of Stormy Mountain: 60 Years of Primatological Research on the Japanese Macaques of Arashiyama. Jean-Baptiste Leca, Michael A. Huffman & Paul L. Vasey, Eds. Cambridge University Press. pp. 331-355.

Higham, J.P, Hughes, K.D, Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Engelhardt, A., Heistermann, M., Maestripieri, D, Santos, L.R., & Stevens, M. (2011). Familiarity affects the assessment of facial signals in free-ranging rhesus macaques. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B, 278: 3452-3458.

Brent, L.J.N., Semple, S., Dubuc, C., Heistermann, M., & MacLarnon, A. (2011). Social capital and physiological stress levels in adult female rhesus macaques. Physiology and Behavior, 102: 76-83.

Neumann, C., Duboscq, J., Dubuc, C., Ginting, A., Maulana Irwan, A., Agil, M., Widdig, A., & Engelhardt, A. (2011). Assessing dominance hierarchies: validation and advantages of progressive evaluation with Elo rating. Animal Behaviour, 82: 911-921.

Higham, J.P., Brent, L.J.N., Dubuc, C., Accamando, A., Engelhardt, A., Gerald, M.S., Heistermann, M., & Stevens, M. (2010). Color signal information content and the eye of the beholder: a case study in the rhesus macaque. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 739-746.

Dubuc, C., Brent, L.J.N., Accamando, A.K., Gerald, M.S., MacLarnon, A., Semple, S., Heistermann, M., & Engelhardt, A. (2009). Sexual skin color contains information about the timing of the fertile phase in free-ranging rhesus macaques. International Journal of Primatology, 30: 777-789.

Dubuc, C., & Chapais, B. (2007). Feeding competition in Macaca fascicularis: An assessment of the early arrival tactic. International Journal of Primatology, 28: 357-367.