Sean M. Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. Sean M. Lee
Title:
Postdoctoral Scientist
Office:
SEH Suite 6000
Address:
800 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
United States
Email:
[email protected]

Background

Dr. Lee is a behavioral ecologist and biological anthropologist broadly interested in social evolution. His research focuses on the genus Pan, which comprises bonobos (P. paniscus) and chimpanzees (P. troglodytes). These two closely related great ape species share numerous traits, including plural breeding, extensive maternal care, and various aspects of social organization (e.g., multifemale-multimale groups, female dispersal, high fission-fusion dynamics). However, they appear to exhibit notable differences in the structure of social relationships (e.g., sex-specific dominance patterns, female gregariousness, inter- and intra-sexual cooperation). Dr. Lee’s research leverages this interesting comparative system to identify the factors influencing such differences within and between the Pan species, with the ultimate goal of understanding more about the factors influencing social evolution more broadly across animal species, including humans.

Education

Ph.D., Human Paleobiology, The George Washington University, 2020

B.S., Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2010

Publications

Selected Articles and Books Chapters

Lee, S. M., Hohmann, G., Lonsdorf, E. V., Fruth, B., Murray, C. M. (In press). Gregariousness, foraging effort, and affiliative social interactions in lactating bonobos and chimpanzees. Behavioral Ecology.

Tkaczynski, P. J., Behringer, V., Ackermann, C., Fedurek, P., Fruth, B., Girard-Buttoz, C., Hobaiter, C., Lee, S. M., Löhrich, T., Preis, A., Samuni, L., Zommers, Z., Zuberbühler, K., Deschner, T., Wittig, R., Hohmann, G., Crockford, C. (2020). Urinary cortisol patterns during ontogeny appear population specific rather than species specific in wild chimpanzees and bonobos. Journal of Human Evolution, 147(10).

Lee, S. M., Murray, C. M., Lonsdorf, E. V., Fruth, B., Stanton, M. A., Nichols, J., Hohmann, G. (2020). Wild bonobo and chimpanzee females exhibit broadly similar patterns of behavioral maturation but some evidence for divergence. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171(1), 100-109.

Published Abstracts

Tkaczynski, P. J., Behringer, V., Ackermann, C., Fedurek, P., Fruth, B., Girard-Buttoz, C., Hobaiter, C., Lee, S. M., Löhrich, T., Preis, A., Samuni, L., Zommers, Z., Zuberbühler, K., Deschner, T., Wittig, R., Hohmann, G., Crockford, C. (2020). Urinary cortisol patterns of young chimpanzees and bonobos reveal flexibility in developmental processes. The 57th Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society, Virtual Meeting.

Lee, S. M., Hohmann, G., Fruth, B., Lonsdorf, E. V., Wellens, K. R., Stanton, M. A., & Murray, C. M. (2020). Immature female social preferences in wild populations of bonobos and chimpanzees. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171(S69), 157-158.

Oelze, V. M., Hohmann, G., O'Neal, I., Lee, S. M., & Fruth, B. (2020). Competing siblings and invested first time mothers: Weaning patterns in wild bonobos (Pan paniscus) revealed by stable isotope analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 171(S69), 205-205.

Lee, S. M., Murray, C. M., Lonsdorf, E. V., Fruth, B., Stanton, M. A., Nichols, J., & Hohmann, G. (2019). Wild bonobo and chimpanzee females exhibit broadly similar patterns of behavioral maturation but some evidence for divergence. Mid-Atlantic Biological Anthropology Interest Group Meeting, Richmond, VA, USA.

Lee, S. M., Hohmann, G., Lonsdorf, E. V., McFarlin, S. C., Stanton, M. A., Murray, C. M. (2016). Differences in maternal investment between Gombe chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and LuiKotale bonobos (Pan paniscus). Joint Meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists, Chicago, IL, USA.

Boyle, E. K., McGrath, K., Lee, S. M., Vakiener, M. (2016). Diversity in Science Group in the Department of Anthropology. 3rd Annual GW Diversity Summit, Washington, DC, USA.

Distinctions

2019 Dean’s Graduate Teaching Fellowship, GW ($12,500 + tuition)

2019 Summer Dissertation Fellowship, GW ($6,000)

2017 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation ($20,000)

2017 Research Grant, Leakey Foundation ($15,000)

2017 Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi ($1,000)

2016 Exploration & Field Research Grant, Explorers Club Washington ($2,000)

2016 Cotlow Fund Field Research Award, GW ($2,000)

2016 Shenkman Award, GW ($500)

2015 William Warren Graduate Fellowship, GW ($900)

2009 Summer Abroad Scholarship, Rutgers ($5,000)

Classes Taught

Anth 3411: Primatology (Spring 2020)

Anth 3491: Great Ape Behavior & Evolution (Fall 2019)