Hugh Notman, PhD

Associate Dean FHSS, Research and Learning; Associate Professor, Biological Anthropology

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Personal profile

Personal profile

I have been active in university administration as Associate Dean with various portfolios in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Athabasca University since 2016. As an associate professor in Biological Anthropology, I have taught a variety courses in human diversity, evolution, cognition, statistics and nonhuman primate behaviour, ecology and conservation. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary (Dept Anthropology and Archaeology) I teach undergraduate courses on a sessional basis. I also run a primate field methods and forest ecology program each spring in Belize and (for 2023) in Panama. My research areas include primate behaviour, ecology and communication. I have worked with chimpanzees in Uganda at the Budongo Forest project, and with howler and spider monkeys in Belize.

Research Interests

My research interests, both past and present, revolve broadly around topics in primate/mammalian behavioural ecology, animal communication and cognition, language evolution and human evolution more generally.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Calgary

… → 2003

MSc, University of Oxford

… → 1996

BA Honours, Queens University

… → 1993

External positions

Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary

1 Jan. 20081 Jan. 2026


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  • Age differences in the responses of vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus, to terrestrial alarm calls

    Dubreuil, C., Barrett, L., Henzi, P. S., Notman, H. & Pavelka, M. S. M., Jul. 2023, In: Animal Behaviour. 201, p. 87-100 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

  • Factors influencing terrestriality in primates of the Americas and Madagascar

    Eppley, T. M., Hoeks, S., Chapman, C. A., Ganzhorn, J. U., Hall, K., Owen, M. A., Adams, D. B., Allgas, N., Amato, K. R., Andriamahaihavana, M., Aristizabal, J. F., Baden, A. L., Balestri, M., Barnett, A. A., Bicca-Marques, J. C., Bowler, M., Boyle, S. A., Brown, M., Caillaud, D. & Calegaro-Marques, C. & 98 others, Campbell, C. J., Campera, M., Campos, F. A., Cardoso, T. S., Carretero-Pinzón, X., Champion, J., Chaves, Ó. M., Chen-Kraus, C., Colquhoun, I. C., Dean, B., Dubrueil, C., Ellis, K. M., Erhart, E. M., Evans, K. J. E., Fedigan, L. M., Felton, A. M., Ferreira, R. G., Fichtel, C., Fonseca, M. L., Fontes, I. P., Fortes, V. B., Fumian, I., Gibson, D., Guzzo, G. B., Hartwell, K. S., Heymann, E. W., Hilário, R. R., Holmes, S. M., Irwin, M. T., Johnson, S. E., Kappeler, P. M., Kelley, E. A., King, T., Knogge, C., Koch, F., Kowalewski, M. M., Lange, L. R., Louis, E. E., Lutz, M. C., Martínez, J., Lauterbur, M. E., Melin, A. D., de Melo, F. R., Mihaminekena, T. H., Mogilewsky, M. S., Moreira, L. S., Moura, L. A., Nagy-Reis, M. B., Norconk, M. A., Notman, H., Muhle, C. B., O’Mara, M. T., Ostner, J., Patel, E. R., Pavelka, M. S. M., Pinacho-Guendulain, B., Porter, L. M., Pozo-Montuy, G., Raboy, B. E., Rahalinarivo, V., Raharinoro, N. A., Rakotomalala, Z., Ramos-Fernández, G., Rasamisoa, D. C., Ratsimbazafy, J., Ravaloharimanitra, M., Razafindramanana, J., Razanaparany, T. P., Righini, N., Robson, N. M., da Rosa Gonçalves, J., Sanamo, J., Santacruz, N., Sato, H., Sauther, M. L., Scarry, C. J., Serio-Silva, J. C., Shanee, S., de Souza Lins, P. G. A., Smith, A. C., Smith Aguilar, S. E., Souza-Alves, J. P., Stavis, V. K., Steffens, K. J. E., Stone, A. I., Strier, K. B., Suarez, S. A., Talebi, M., Tecot, S. R., Tujague, M. P., Valenta, K., Vasey, N., Wallace, R. B., Van Belle, S., Welch, G., Wright, P. C., Donati, G. & Santini, L., 18 Oct. 2022, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 119, 42, e2121105119.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

    Open Access
    15 Citations (Scopus)
  • Dominance style is a key predictor of vocal use and evolution across nonhuman primates

    Kavanagh, E., Street, S. E., Angwela, F. O., Bergman, T. J., Blaszczyk, M. B., Bolt, L. M., Briseño-Jaramillo, M., Brown, M., Chen-Kraus, C., Clay, Z., Coye, C., Thompson, M. E., Estrada, A., Fichtel, C., Fruth, B., Gamba, M., Giacoma, C., Graham, K. E., Green, S. & Grueter, C. C. & 45 others, Gupta, S., Gustison, M. L., Hagberg, L., Hedwig, D., Jack, K. M., Kappeler, P. M., King-Bailey, G., Kuběnová, B., Lemasson, A., Inglis, D. M., Machanda, Z., Macintosh, A., Majolo, B., Marshall, S., Mercier, S., Micheletta, J., Muller, M., Notman, H., Ouattara, K., Ostner, J., Pavelka, M. S. M., Peckre, L. R., Petersdorf, M., Quintero, F., Ramos-Fernández, G., Robbins, M. M., Salmi, R., Schamberg, I., Schoof, V. A. M., Schülke, O., Semple, S., Silk, J. B., Sosa-Lopéz, J. R., Torti, V., Valente, D., Ventura, R., Van De Waal, E., Weyher, A. H., Wilke, C., Wrangham, R., Young, C., Zanoli, A., Zuberbühler, K., Lameira, A. R. & Slocombe, K., Jul. 2021, In: Royal Society Open Science. 8, 7, 210873.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

    Open Access
    14 Citations (Scopus)
  • Fruit availability has a complex relationship with fission–fusion dynamics in spider monkeys

    Hartwell, K. S., Notman, H., Kalbitzer, U., Chapman, C. A. & Pavelka, M. M. S. M., Jan. 2021, In: Primates. 62, 1, p. 165-175 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Articlepeer-review

    4 Citations (Scopus)
  • Alas the storm has come again! The impact of frequent natural disasters on primate conservation

    Behie, A. M., Pavelka, M. S. M., Hartwell, K., Champion, J. & Notman, H., 25 Jan. 2019, Primate Research and Conservation in the Anthropocene. p. 237-256 20 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

    3 Citations (Scopus)