Lisa G. Rapaport

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 864 656-0838
Office: 145 Long
FAX: 864 656-0435


  • Ph.D University of New Mexico, 1997, Anthropology
  • M.A. University of New Mexico, 1990, Anthropology
  • B.S. University of Oregon, 1978, Biology

Research Interests

  • My research interests fall within the broad categories of behavioral ecology and conservation biology. Most recently, I have been studying infant development and parental care in a species in which all adult group members help to care for the young. I am also developing a program to more fully integrate my study species' (the golden lion tamarin) ecological requirements with community-level economic incentives for a stable and successful model of forest reserve management in southeastern Brazil.

Selected Publications>

  • Rapaport, L.G. & Brenskelle, L. in prep. Caretaker contributions to foraging behavior in wild golden lion tamarins in the União Reserve, RJ, Brazil.
  • Rapaport, L.G. in prep. Ontogeny of foraging behavior in young golden lion tamarins: social influences.
  • Rapaport, L.G., Kloc, B., Warneke, M., Mickelberg, J. & Ballou, J. 2013. Do mothers prefer helpers? Birth sex-ratio adjustment in captive callitrichines. Animal Behaviour, 85, 1295-1303. doi:10.1016/janbehav.2013.03.018
  • Rapaport, L.G. & Byrne, R.W. (2012). Reply to Thornton & McAuliffe 2012. Animal Behaviour, 84(3), e1-e3. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.06.013
  • Byrne, R.W. & Rapaport, L.G. (2011). What are we learning from teaching? Animal Behaviour, 82(5), 1207-1211. doi:10.1016/anbehav.2011.08.018
  • Rapaport, L.G. (2011). Progressive parenting behavior in wild golden lion tamarins. Behavioral Ecology, 22(4), 745-754. doi:10.1093/beheco/arr055
  • Rapaport, L.G. & Brown, G.R. (2008). Social influences on foraging behavior in young primates: learning what, where, and how to eat. Evolutionary Anthropology, 17(4), 189-201.  Doi: 10.1002/evan.20180
  • Rapaport, L.G. (2006). Provisioning in wild golden lion tamarins: benefits to omnivorous young. Behavioral Ecology, 17(2), 212-221. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arj016
  • Rapaport, L.G. & Ruiz-Miranda, C.R. (2006). Ontogeny of provisioning in two populations of wild golden lion tamarins, Leontopithecus rosalia. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 60 (5), 724-735. doi: 10.1007/s00265-006-0216-y
  • Rapaport, L.G. (2006). Parenting behaviour: babbling bird teachers? Current Biology, 16, R675-R677. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2006.08.012
  • Rapaport, L.G. & Ruiz-Miranda, C.R. (2002). Tutoring in wild golden lion tamarins. International Journal of Primatology, 23(5), 1063-1070.
  • Tardif, S.D., Santos, C.V., Baker, A.J., van Elsacker, L., Feistner, A.T.C., Kleiman, D.G., Ruiz-Miranda, C.R., Moura, A.C. de A., Passos, F. C., Price, E.C., Rapaport, L.G. & de Vleeschouwer, K. (2002). Infant care in lion tamarins. In D.G. Kleiman & A.B. Rylands (Eds.), Lion tamarins: biology and conservation (pp. 213-232). Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Recent Courses

  • Evolution of Human Behavior, BioSci/Anth 466 & 666, Fall semesters
  • Primatology Lecture & Lab, BioSci/Anth 474-474L, Spring semesters
  • Undergraduate Student Research, Biosc 491 & Biosc 491H
  • Biological Anthropology, Biosci/Anth 351, Fall semesters
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Anth 201, Spring semesters
  • Evolutionary Reading Group, Biosc 807, Fall & Spring semesters

Professional Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Society of Primatologists
  • American Zoo Association
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • International Society for Behavioral Ecology