Sean Lee

Sean Lee
Title:
Postdoctoral Scientist
Office:
SEH Suite 6000
Email:
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Behavioral ecology; biological anthropology; social development; bonobos; chimpanzees

Sean is a behavioral ecologist and biological anthropologist broadly interested in the evolution of sociality and social behavior. His research focuses on the genus Pan, which comprises bonobos (P. paniscus) and chimpanzees (P. troglodytes). These two closely related great ape species have many traits in common, but they also exhibit notable differences in sociality and social behavior. Sean’s research seeks to identify the factors influencing such differences within and between the Pan species to understand more about the factors influencing sociality and social behavior more broadly across animal species, including humans.

Education

PhD, 2020, (Human Paleobiology) The George Washington University 

BS, 2010, (Biological Sciences) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Publications

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Tkaczynski, P. J., Behringer, V., Ackermann, C., Fedurek, P., Fruth, B., Girard-Buttoz, C., Hobaiter, C., Lee, S. M., Löhrich, T., Preis, A., Samuni, L., Zommers, Z., Zuberbühler, K., Deschner, T., Wittig, R., Hohmann, G., Crockford, C. (2020). Urinary cortisol patterns during ontogeny appear population specific rather than species specific in wild chimpanzees and bonobos. Journal of Human Evolution, 147(10).

Lee, S. M., Murray, C. M., Lonsdorf, E. V., Fruth, B., Stanton, M. A., Nichols, J., & Hohmann, G. (2020). Wild bonobo and chimpanzee females exhibit broadly similar patterns of behavioral maturation but some evidence for divergence. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171(1), 100-109.

Published Abstracts

Tkaczynski, P. J., Behringer, V., Ackermann, C., Fedurek, P., Fruth, B., Girard-Buttoz, C., Hobaiter, C., Lee, S. M., Löhrich, T., Preis, A., Samuni, L., Zommers, Z., Zuberbühler, K., Deschner, T., Wittig, R., Hohmann, G., Crockford, C. (2020). Urinary cortisol patterns of young chimpanzees and bonobos reveal flexibility in developmental processes. The 57th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, Virtual Meeting. 

Lee, S. M., Hohmann, G., Fruth, B., Lonsdorf, E. V., Wellens, K. R., Stanton, M. A., & Murray, C. M. (2020). Immature female social preferences in wild populations of bonobos and chimpanzees. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171(S69), 157-158. 

Oelze, V. M., Hohmann, G., O'Neal, I., Lee, S. M., & Fruth, B. (2020). Competing siblings and invested first time mothers: Weaning patterns in wild bonobos (Pan paniscus) revealed by stable isotope analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171(S69), 205-205. 

Lee, S. M., Murray, C. M., Lonsdorf, E. V., Fruth, B., Stanton, M. A., Nichols, J., & Hohmann, G. (2019). Wild bonobo and chimpanzee females exhibit broadly similar patterns of behavioral maturation but some evidence for divergence. Mid-Atlantic Biological Anthropology Interest Group Meeting, Richmond, VA, USA.

Lee, S. M., Hohmann, G., Lonsdorf, E. V., McFarlin, S. C., Stanton, M. A., Murray, C. M. (2016). Differences in maternal investment between Gombe chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and LuiKotale bonobos (Pan paniscus). Joint Meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists, Chicago, IL, USA.

Boyle, E. K., McGrath, K., Lee, S. M., Vakiener, M. (2016). Diversity in Science Group in the Department of Anthropology. 3rd Annual GW Diversity Summit, Washington, DC, USA

Classes Taught

Anth 3411: Primatology

Anth 3491: Great Ape Behavior & Evolution