Dr. Aaron Sandel studies chimpanzee behavior and physiology in Uganda. Dr. Sandel's broad research interests include primate social behavior, friendship, life history, growth, and how natural selection shapes behavior. In addition to primate behavior, Dr. Sandel works on topics related to biodiversity conservation and a variety of questions in human and primate evolution. For example, why are humans hairless? Why do primates live in groups?
Dr. Sandel has experience working with undergraduate students on a range of projects, some of which have resulted in conference presentations and publications. This has included compiling data from the published literature, measuring photos to estimate animal body size, studying campus squirrel behavior and cognition, and more.
Students have been co-authors on publications as undergrads or soon after graduating.