I am an anthropologist, fascinated with all aspects of what it means to be human. My subfield specialization within the discipline is biological anthropology and specifically, the study of primate behavior and the evolution of complexity in social systems. My current research focuses on the social behavior and ecology of wild capuchin monkeys (genus Cebus) in Central and South America, and wild vervet monkeys (genus Chlorocebus) in Zambia, as well as nonhuman primate and hominin evolutionary strategies through time, and ethical issues in field primatology. Other interests include: General Anthropology, Biological/Physical Anthropology, Primate Social Behavior and Ecology, Evolution of Social Complexity, Life History Strategies, Fieldwork and Conservation Issues in Latin America and Ethics in Field Primatology.
MacKinnon, K.C. (2013). Ontogeny of Social Behavior in the Genus Cebus and the Application of An Integrative Framework for Examining Plasticity and Complexity in Evolution. In: Clancy, K., Hinde, K., and Rutherford, J. (editors). Building Babies: Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective. New York: Springer Press (Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects), pp. 387-408.
MacKinnon, K. C. and Fuentes, A. (2012). Primate Social Cognition, Human Evolution, and Niche Construction: A Core Context for Neuroanthropology. In: D. Lende and G. Downey (eds), The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology, M.I.T. Press, pp. 67-102.
MacKinnon, K. C. (2011). Social beginnings: The tapestry of infant and adult interactions. In: C. J. Campbell, A. Fuentes, K. C. MacKinnon, R. Stumpf, and S. K. Bearder (eds.), Primates in Perspective (2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 440-455.
Sherrow, H. M. and MacKinnon, K. C. (2011). Juvenile and adolescent primates: The Application of Life History Theory. In: C. J. Campbell, A. Fuentes, K. C. MacKinnon, R. Stumpf, and S. K. Bearder (eds.), Primates in Perspective (2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 455-464.
MacKinnon, K.C. (2010). Primatology field schools in Central America: Playing a pivotal role in the formation of modern field primatologists. In: J. MacClancy and A. Fuentes (eds), Centralizing Fieldwork: Critical Perspectives from Primatology, Biological Anthropology and Social Anthropology, Oxford, UK: Berghahn Books.
MacKinnon, K. C. and Riley, E. P. (2010). Field primatology of today: Current ethical issues. American Journal of Primatology 72(9):749-753.
Fuentes, A., Wyczalkowski, M. and MacKinnon, K. C. (2010). Niche construction through cooperation: A nonlinear dynamics contribution to modeling resilience and evolutionary history in the genus Homo. Current Anthropology 51(3):435-444.