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I am a biological anthropologist with a specialization in nonhuman primate responses to anthropogenic disturbance.


University roles:
• Senior Lecturer in Human Biology
• Course leader for BSc (Hons) Human Biology

Teaching contribution to:
• Humans and Other Primates (module leader)
• Human Variation and Forensic Anthropology (module leader)
• Case-based Learning
• Forensic Analysis of Human Remains
• Human Growth and Development (module leader)
• Biomedical Research Skills
• Introduction to Forensic Science
• Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (module leader)

Other professional roles:
• Book reviews editor, Primate Society of Great Britain
• Member of the IUCN Human-Primate Interactions Working Group


Marechal, L. and McKinney, T. (2020). The (mis)use of the term ‘commensalism’ in primatology. Forthcoming in the International Journal of Primatology.

Pareja, M.N., McKinney, T., Mayhew, J.A., Setchell, J.M., Nash, S.D., and Heaton, R. (2019) A new identification of the monkeys depicted in a Bronze Age wall painting from Akrotiri, Thera. Primates DOI: 10.1007/s10329-019-00778-1

McKinney, T. (2019). Ecological and behavioural flexibility of mantled howlers (Alouatta palliata) in response to anthropogenic habitat disturbance. Folia Primatologica 90(6): 456-469.

McKinney, T. (2018) Ecotourism. In The international encyclopedia of biological anthropology. W Trevathan (ed). John-Wiley and Sons, Inc.

McKinney, T. and Dore, K.M. (2018) The state of ethnoprimatology: Its use and potential in today’s primate research. International Journal of Primatology 39(5): 730-748.

McKinney, T. (2017) Introduction to part one. In Ethnoprimatology: A practical guide to research at the human-nonhuman primate interface. KM Dore, EP Riley, & A Fuentes (Eds). Cambridge University Press.

McKinney, T. (2016) Ecotourism. In The international encyclopedia of primatology, A Fuentes (Ed). Wiley-Blackwell. DOI: 10.1002/9781119179313.wbprim0120

McKinney, T. (2015) A classification system for describing anthropogenic influence on nonhuman primate populations. American Journal of Primatology 77(7): 715-726.

McKinney, T., Westin, J.L., & Serio-Silva, J.C. (2015) Anthropogenic habitat modification, tourist interactions and crop-raiding in howler monkeys. In M. Kowalewski et al. (eds) Howler monkeys: Behaviour, ecology, and conservation. New York: Springer Press.

McKinney, T. (2014) Species-specific responses to tourist interactions by white-faced capuchins (Cebus imitator) and mantled howlers (Alouatta palliata) in a Costa Rican wildlife refuge. International Journal of Primatology 35(2): 573-589.

McKinney, T. (2011) The effects of provisioning and crop-raiding on the diet and foraging activities of human-commensal white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). American Journal of Primatology 73(5): 439-448.

McKinney, T. (2009) Anthropogenic change and primate predation risk: Crested caracaras (Caracara plancus) attempt predation on mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata). Neotropical Primates 16(1): 24-27.


Primate Society of Great Britain
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
British Ecological Society



McKinney, T and Pareja Cummings, NM (2020). How we solved the Greek monkey mystery – and found an important clue to the Bronze age world. The Conversation

McKinney, T (2019). Five ways to be a responsible wildlife tourist. The Conversation


Guest on BBC Radio Wales Science Café: Women in STEM

Featured on Pulse of the Planet’s Science Diaries


I am particularly interested in how wild primates deal with human disturbance, including habitat alteration, ecotourism, provisioning, and crop-raiding. My field work focuses on mantled howlers (Alouatta palliata) and white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus imitator) in Costa Rica.



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