John C. Mitani

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John Mitani

James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies

227 West Hall, 1085 S. University Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1107

Office Location(s): 227 West Hall (office), 229 West Hall (lab)
Phone: 734.764.7276
Fax: 734.763.6077
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  • About

    John Mitani is a primate behavioral ecologist who investigates the behavior of our closest living relatives, the apes.  His current research involves studies of an extremely large community of wild chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda.  During the past 35 years, he has conducted fieldwork on the behavior of all five kinds of apes: gibbons and orangutans in Indonesia, gorillas in Rwanda, bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and chimpanzees in Uganda and Tanzania.  In his work, he addresses questions about ape social behavior and vocal communication. 

  • Education
    • A.B. Anthropology, 1976, University of California, Berkeley
    • Ph.D. Anthropology, 1984, University of California, Davis
    • Postdoctoral research, Animal Behavior, 1984 – 1987, Rockefeller University
  • Awards
    • 2011 Fellow, Animal Behavior Society
    • 2001 University Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of Michigan
    • 1993 Henry Russel award, University of Michigan
    • 1992 Presidential Faculty Fellow, U.S. National Science Foundation
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • primate behavioral ecology
    • animal behavior