Dr. Lydia Light is a full-time lecturer of Anthropology at UNC Charlotte, teaching courses in general anthropology and biological anthropology with specific interests in primatology, conservation, and human evolution. Her research interests focus on the behavioral ecology of living primates, examining the ecological and biological factors that may have influenced life in our own deep evolutionary past. She is interested in exploring ecological explanations for within-species behavioral and dietary variation as well as the evolution of pair-bonds and pair-living social systems. For her dissertation, Dr. Light combined behavioral data collection techniques with remote sensing and GIS methods to examine how gibbons, small endangered apes living in Southeast Asia, cope with challenging ecological conditions through modifications in ranging behavior, diet, and social behavior. Earlier work has examined nutritional stress during pregnancy and lactation and mother-infant interactions in captive baboons.
RESEARCH INTERESTS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Butaric LN, Light LEO, Juengst SL.
2017 A Call for Action: Why Anthropologists Can (and Should) Join the Discussion on Climate Change through Education. American Journal of Human Biology.
Bartlett TQ, Light LEO, Brockelman WY.
2015 Long-Term Home Range Stability In Wild White-Handed Gibbons in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. American Journal of Primatology. 78(2):192-203.