Dawn M. Kitchen
Associate Professor

Contact Information

Dr. Dawn M. Kitchen
Department of Anthropology
The Ohio State University
4034 Smith Laboratory
174 W. 18th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
355 Ovalwood
1680 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44906
419.755.4367 (fax)

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Research Interests

A physical anthropologist whose research focuses on the social behavior and communication of non-human primates. Past research investigated the role of loud calls in mediating male-male competition in chacma baboons (Papio hamadryas ursinus) of Botswana and black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra) in Belize.

(all links below open to pdf documents)


Kitchen, D.M., Bergman, T.J., Nicholson, J., Cheney, D.L., & Seyfarth, R.M. In press. Responses of four ungulate species to experimental playback of baboon loud calls. Animal Cognition.

Kitchen, D.M. & Beehner, J.C. 2007. Factors affecting individual participation in group-level aggression in non-human primates. Behaviour 144, 1551-1581.

Kitchen, D.M. & Packer, C. 1999. Complexity in vertebrate societies. In: Levels of Selection in Evolution, (Keller, L., editor), Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, pp. 176-196.

Links to Baboon Publications

Kitchen, D. M., Cheney, D. L., & Seyfarth, R. M. 2003. Female baboons’ responses to male loud calls. Ethology 109, 401-412

Kitchen, D. M., Seyfarth, R. M., Fischer, J., & Cheney, D. L. 2003. Loud calls as indicators of dominance in male baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 53, 374-84

Fischer, J., Kitchen, D. M., Seyfarth, R. M., & Cheney, D. L. 2004. Baboon loud calls advertise male quality: acoustic features and their relation to rank, age and exhaustion. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 56, 140-148

Kitchen, D. M., Cheney, D. L., & Seyfarth, R. M. 2004. Factors mediating inter-group encounters in chacma baboons (Papio cynocephalus ursinus). Behaviour 141, 197-218

Kitchen, D. M., Cheney, D. L., & Seyfarth, R. M. 2005. Male chacma baboons (Papio hamadryas ursinus) discriminate loud call contests between rivals of different relative ranks. Animal Cognition 8, 1-6

Kitchen, D. M., Cheney, D. L., & Seyfarth, R. M. 2005. Contextual factors mediating contests between male chacma baboons in Botswana: effects of food, friends and females. International Journal of Primatology 26, 105-125

Bergman, T.J. & Kitchen, D.M. 2009. Comparing responses to novel objects in wild baboons and geladas. Animal Cognition 12, 63-73

Moscovice, L.R., Di Fiore, A. Crockford, C., Kitchen, D.M., Wittig, R., Seyfarth, R.M., Cheney, D.L. 2010.  Hedging their bets? Male and female chacma baboons form friendships based on likelihood of paternity. Animal Behaviour 79, 1007-1015.

Kitchen, D.M., Beehner, J.C., Bergman, T.J., Cheney, D.L., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Fischer, J., Seyfarth, R.M. & Wittig, R.  2009. The causes and consequences of male aggression directed at female chacma baboons. In: Sexual Coercion in Primates and Humans: An Evolutionary Perspective on Male Aggression Against Females, (Muller, M.N. & Wrangham, R.W., eds), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. 128-156.

Links to Howler Monkey Publications

Kitchen, D. M. 2004. Alpha male black howler monkey responses to loud calls: effect of numeric odds, male companion behaviour, and reproductive investment. Animal Behaviour 67, 125-139

Kitchen, D. M., Horwich, R. H. & James, R. A. 2004. Subordinate male black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) responses to loud calls: experimental evidence for the effects of intra-group male relationships and age. Behaviour 141, 703-723

Eckert, K.A., Hahn, N. E., Genz, A., Kitchen, D. M., Stuart, M.D., Averbeck, G.A., Stromberg, B.E., & Markowitz, H. 2006. Coprological surveys Alouatta pigra at two sites in Belize. International Journal of Primatology 27, 227-238

Kitchen, D. M. 2006. Experimental test of female black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra) responses to loud calls from potentially infanticidal males: effects of numeric odds, vulnerable offspring and companion behavior. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 131, 73-83

Current Grad Students

Dara Adams
Ashley Edes
Jason Ferrell
Michelle Rodrigues
Jessica Walz (co-adviser)

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