Rachel Munds

Me collecting data on slow lorises at AMNH
PhD Candidate
Biological Anthropology

I am a Physical Anthropology PhD candidate with a focus in primatology. My PhD research centers on the morphological and genetic diversity within the family Lorisidae (angwantibos, pottos, slender lorises, and slow lorises). Much of my interest towards the diversity within Lorisidae stems from my Master’s work  on the taxonomic diversity of the Bornean slow loris. My research on the Bornean loris examined their phenotypic variation and geographic differences, and resulted in the recognition of three species. Other past studies of mine have explored the conservation, behavioral ecology, and allometry of Southeast Asia’s nocturnal primates (slow lorises and tarsiers). When I am not examining primate diversity or exploring the jungles of Asia, you can typically find me sipping coffee or wine, and/or hiking with my dog.


Selected Publications:

Munds RA, Nekaris KAI, Ali R, Nijman V, & Goossens B. (2014). Living together in the night: abundance and habitat use of sympatric and allopatric populations of slow lorises and tarsiers (Nycticebus and Tarsius). Endangered Species Research 22:269-277

Munds RA, Nekaris KAI, & Ford SM. (2013).  Taxonomy of the Bornean loris with new species Nycticebus kayan (Primates, Lorisidae). American Journal of Primatology 75(1):46-56

Nekaris KAI, Munds RA. (2010). Using facial markings to unmask diversity: the slow lorises (Primates: Lorisidae: Nycticebus) of Indonesia. In Gursky S & Supriatna J (eds). The Primates of Indonesia. Springer: New York.