Assistant Professor
Director, Primate Behavioral Ecology Lab

Contact Info

151C Baldwin Hall • Lab G33

My general research interests include primate behavior, ecology and conservation. My past work focused on wild populations but currently I am also working with captive primates at Zoo Atlanta. My research subjects have primarily included apes, especially western lowland gorillas.

      Of note:

      Popular media research coverage, Wired magazine, 2013
      "New Catalog of Gorilla Calls Could Help Reveal What They're Saying"

      • Ph.D. Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University 2013
      • M.A. Anthropology, Stony Brook University 2008
      • B.S. Natural Sciences (magna cum laude), University of Rome, "La Sapienza" 2005



      • American Association of Physical Anthropology
      • International Primatological Society
      • Sigma Xi, Full Member


      Research Interests:

      Specific topics of past and current work with non-human primates include:  

      • Bioacoustics and communication
      • Spatial and social cognition
      • Group coordination and collective movements
      • Behavioral ecology and sociobiology
      • Ethnoprimatology
      • Ecotourism and habituation of primates


      Selected Publications:

      Rodrigues dos Santos, R, Bridgeman, LL, Supriatna, J, Siregar, R, Winarni, N, Salmi, R. (In press).The mangrove effect: Comparative socio-ecology of adjacent mangrove-living primates and their non-flooded neighbors. In Primates in Flooded Habitats: Ecology and Conservation. Eds. Barnett A.A., Matsuda I. and Nowak, K. Cambridge University Press.

      Robbins, MM, Ando, C, Fawcett, KA, Grueter, CC, Hedwig, D, Iwata, Y, Lodwick, JL, Masi, S, Salmi, R, Stoinski, TS, Todd, A, Vercellio, V, and Yamagiwa, J. 2016. Behavioral variation in gorillas: Evidence of potential cultural traits. PLoS One 11: e01604383

      Salmi R, Rahman U, and Doran-Sheehy, D. 2016. Hand preference for a novel bimanual coordinated task during termite feeding in wild western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). International Journal of Primatology 37: 200-212.

      Kershenbaum A, Blumstein D, Roch M, Akcay C, Backus G, Bee M, Bohn K, Cao Y, Carter G, Cäsar C, Coen M, DeRuiter S, Doyle L, Edelman S, Ferrer -i-Cancho R, Freeberg T, Garland E, Gustison M, Harley H, Huetz C, Hughes M, Hyland Bruno J, Ilany A, Jin D, Johnson M, Ju C, Karnowski J, Lohr B, Manser M, McCowan B, Mercado E, Narins P, Piel A, Rice M, Salmi R, Sasahara K, Sayigh L, Shiu, Y, Taylor C, Vallejo E, Waller S, Zamora-Gutierrez V. 2014. Acoustic sequences in non-human animals: A tutorial review and prospectus. Biological Review. doi: 10.1111/brv.12160

      Salmi R & Doran-Sheehy DM. 2014. The function of loud calls (Hoot Series) in wild western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla). American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 15, 379-391

      Salmi R. Hammerschmidt K & Doran-Sheehy DM. 2014. Individual distinctiveness in call types of wild western female gorillas. PLoS ONE 9(7): e101940.

      Salmi R, Hammerschmidt K & Doran-Sheehy DM. 2013. Wild western gorilla vocal repertoire and contextual use of vocalizations. Ethology, 119, 831-847.



      Articles Featuring Roberta Salmi

      Monday, October 2, 2017 - 6:08pm

      Several faculty members and an alumnus were featured in UGA's fall issue of Georgia Magazine.