Skip to main content

Laurie Kauffman, Ph.D.

Laurie Kauffman, Ph.D.

Laurie Kauffman, Ph.D.,


I’m originally from St. Louis, MO. I received my B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College, my M.A. in Anthropology/interdisciplinary with Zoology from the University of Florida, and my Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida.

My research interests are in animal behavior with an emphasis on primate behavioral ecology. I am interested in the evolution of animal behavior, the limits of flexibility of behavior in primates and other animals, managing captive animals to elicit natural behaviors, and the behavior of animals in zoos and sanctuaries. I have completed research projects in Suriname and Costa Rica and with white-faced capuchins, brown capuchins, and Costa Rican squirrel monkeys. I am currently mentoring undergraduate research students on projects investigating Sumatran orangutans and river otters at the Oklahoma City Zoo, and on long tailed macaque monkeys at the Oklahoma Primate Sanctuary.

I teach a wide variety of classes including Tropical Biology of Costa Rica (study abroad), Animal Behavior, Neurobiology of Behavior, General Zoology, Primate Behavior, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Methods of Scientific Inquiry.

Contact Information

Sarkeys Science & Math Center
Oklahoma City, OK 73106