I am a biological anthropologist with a general interest in understanding the evolution and maintenance of social systems. My main research interest is to examine the mechanisms that maintain pair-living, sexual monogamy and biparental care and the role that sexual selection may have had in the evolution of them. I am also motivated to study living primates as an approach to understanding the evolution of human behavior. I am particularly interested in male-female relationships, pair bonding and paternal care in humans and non-human primates. You can read more about my research program in the Owl Monkey Project Website
Fernandez-Duque, E. and G.W.E. Van der Heide (2013). Dry season resources and their relationship with owl monkey (Aotus azarae) feeding behavior, demography and life-history. International Journal of Primatology 34(4) : 752-769. 10.1007/s10764-013-9689-5
Fernandez-Duque, E. and M. Huck (2013). Till death (or an intruder) do us part: intra-sexual competition in a monogamous primate. PLoS One 8:e53724
Fernandez-Duque, E., Anthony Di Fiore & M. Huck (2012). The behavior, ecology, and social evolution of New World monkeys. In: Primate Societies, Eds: Josep Call, P. Kappeler, R. Palombit, J. Silk and J. Mitani. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, p.43-54
Fernandez-Duque, E., De la Iglesia, H. and H. G. Erkert (2010). Moonstruck primates: owl monkeys (Aotus) need moonlight for nocturnal activity in their natural environment. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12572.
Fernandez-Duque, E., Valeggia, C.R. and S.P. Mendoza (2009). The biology of paternal care in human and nonhuman primates. Annual Review of Anthropology 38:115-130.