Animal Behavior Faculty and FIG Assistant

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

FIG College Connections 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: Isabella Estrada

Hi everyone! My name is Isabella and I will be the FIG Assistant for “Animal Behavior." I was in “Animal Behavior” as a freshman and loved my experience. I am super excited to be sharing that with all of you! 

I am originally from Los Angeles and have loved my time here in Oregon. I am currently a second-year Human Physiology and Biological Anthropology double-major. It was actually this FIG that inspired me to add Biological Anthropology as a major! I also work in the Center for Student Involvement where we offer an open space for students, help students get involved in the UO community, and provide services for the student-run clubs and organizations. In my free time I like to read, watch movies, bake, and spend time with my friends.  

I can’t wait to get to know everyone and hope you all have a great first term at the University of Oregon! In order to get acquainted, please email me a little bit about yourself, like where you’re from, your hobbies, why you chose this FIG, etc. If you have any questions about our FIG or school in general, feel free to reach out. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Enjoy your summer and don’t forget to check out the summer assignment that is linked on our FIG page.