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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


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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