Animal Behavior Faculty and FIG Assistant

College Connections faculty member for Animal Behavior, Frances White, holding a turtle

FIG Faculty: Frances White - Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Hello everyone! My name is Dr. Frances White and I am a biological anthropologist specializing in behavioral ecology. My research focuses on the evolution of primate sociality and social systems, including field projects with wild bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, free-ranging and captive primates in the US, and lab studies of primate morphology. I am a Curator of Primate Osteology with the University of Oregon’s MNCH and my lab houses the UO Primate Osteology Collection. My publications have appeared in the American Journal of Primatology, International Journal of Primatology, Folia Primatologica, and American Journal of Physical Anthropology. As well, my research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Leakey Foundation and other sources. I teach introductory classes on the evolution of human behavior and sexuality and a Freshman Interest Group (FIG) in animal behavior. My upper level classes focus on primate behavior, conservation, and feeding and nutrition. I have also taught graduate level biological statistics. Currently, I serve as the Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Chair of the UO Committee on Courses and Chair of UO Academic Council. 



FIG Assistant: Lorien Sweet

Hi, my name is Lorien, and I’m your FA for the “Animal Behavior” FIG! I will be a third year in fall 2023, and am an Anthropology major. I took this FIG my freshman year, and I’m super excited to return as a FA this year! My academic interests are in the subfields of biological anthropology and archaeology, and I’m currently interested in forensic anthropology.

I’m from Eugene, Oregon, and have always looked forward to attending the University of Oregon. I’d be happy to recommend any local restaurants or cafes, or even nearby hiking trails to anybody who’s curious! Outside of college and work, I enjoy cooking and reading, as well as spending time with friends and family.

I’m very excited to be your FA this fall, and truly look forward to meeting you all! Please feel free to reach out with any questions about the FIG or even college in general, or if you just want to say hi! Otherwise, I’ll see you this fall, and have a wonderful summer!