Connection matters: social networks, stability and health in rhesus macaques

Brenda McCowan delivered this talk on May 8, 2015 at the Institute for Social Sciences conference series Leading Research in the Social Sciences Today. McCowan is a professor of population health & reproduction at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

McCowan's research focuses on behavioral biology and ecology with an emphasis on both the basic and applied aspects of animal behavior and communication for enhancing wildlife health and conservation, captive exotic species management, and domesticated animal production, health and well-being. 

Learn more about Brenda McCowan.

The 2015 ISS conference series showcased world-class research by social scientists across UC Davis and by top researchers from across the country. Each day of the conference focused on a unique aspect of inquiry, including people in societies, perceptions and reality and the role of social networks in decision making. This conference was co-sponsored by the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, the Davis Humanities Institute and the Center for Regional Change.