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Richard Mcfarland

Senior Lecturer in Evolution and Social Behaviour, Nottingham Trent University

I have a broad interest in animal behaviour, environmental physiology, and socio-biology. My research focuses on non-human primates, and I have been fortunate to work in departments across a range of disciplines. What unites these experiences is my multi-disciplinary approach to the study of primate biological and social adaptation. I graduated with a BSc in Biology from Cardiff University, a MRes in Primatology from the University of Roehampton, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Lincoln. From 2012 to 2014, I held a Claude-Leon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

From 2014 to 2020 I held an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA, and was promoted to Associate Professor in August 2020. I also hold an affiliate faculty position in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of South Africa, and a Senior Honorary Research Fellowship in the School of Physiology at the University of the Witwatersrand. I am director of the Swebeswebe Primate Research Project, South Africa, where I'm currently studying wild chacma baboons (


  • 2021–present
    Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2020–2021
    Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2014–2020
    Assistsant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison