Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Featured Writing from The Primate Diaries

The response to The Primate Diaries in Exile has been wonderful and many readers have contacted me having discovered my work for the first time. A common request has been for me to assemble a list of featured posts in one place. So I've collected together some of my top pieces over the years and categorized them to give you a sense of where my journey has taken me. I've also included my professional publications at the bottom. If you have any questions or comments on anything here please contact me at primatediaries[at]gmail[dot]com.

Top "Exile" Posts:

* Stressing Motherhood: A primatologist discovers the social factors responsible for maternal infanticide, Scientific American, Nov. 22, 2010.
* Reflections on the WEIRD Evolution of Human Psychology, PLoS Blogs, Sept. 23, 2010. (Editor's Selection: ResearchBlogging.org).
* Sex, Evolution, and the Case of the Missing Polygamists, Psychology Today, Oct. 1, 2010.
* For Great Apes, Addressing Inequality is Child’s Play, Neuron Culture, July 26, 2010. (Editor's Selection: ResearchBlogging.org).
* Sacrifice on the Serengeti, CarinBondar.com, Aug. 19, 2010. (Editor's Selection: ResearchBlogging.org).
* The Scientist and the Anarchist (Part I, Part II, Part III), Cocktail Party Physics, Skulls in the Stars, and Speakeasy Science, Aug. 4-20, 2010.

Featured Science Posts:

* Chimpanzees Prefer Fair Play to Reaping an Unjust Reward, ScienceBlogs, April 22, 2010. (Finalist: Best Science Post of the Year, The Quark).
* Does Taking Birth Control Alter Women's Sexual Choices? ScienceBlogs, Oct. 11, 2009. (Finalist, Best Science Post of the Year, ResearchBlogging.org).
* Male Chauvinist Chimps or the Meat Market of Public Opinion? Nature Network, April 19, 2009. (Finalist: Best Science Post of the Year, The Quark).
* Prestigious Chimps and the Emergence of Cultural Innovation. ScienceBlogs, May 27, 2009. (Editor's Selection: ResearchBlogging.org).
* Punishing Cheaters Promotes the Evolution of Cooperation. ScienceBlogs, May 18, 2009. (Featured Podcast: ResearchBlogging.org).
* Reexamining Ardipithecus ramidus in Light of Human Origins, ScienceBlogs, Oct. 19, 2009. (Editor's Selection: ResearchBlogging.org).

Featured History Posts:

* Darwin and Spencer in the Middle East, ScienceBlogs, March 10, 2010.
* Deconstructing Social Darwinism (Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV) ScienceBlogs, Jan 5-15, 2010.
* Rivalry Among The Reefs: Charles Darwin and a Century of Conflict Over the Coral Reef Problem, ScienceBlogs, Aug. 26, 2009.
* Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of DNA, ScienceBlogs, July 25, 2009.
* The Grassroots of Scientific Revolution, ScienceBlogs, July 6, 2009.
* Another Reason: Science and the Imagination of Modern India, ScienceBlogs, Nov. 2, 2009.

Featured Political Posts:

* The Unseen and Unknowable Has No Place in Science, The Huffington Post, March 16, 2010. (HuffPo Front Page).
* How Can Haiti Be Sustainable?, ScienceBlogs, Jan. 28, 2010.
* Haiti's Political and Economic Earthquake "Made in the USA", The Huffington Post, Jan. 27, 2010. (Reported on by Inter Press News Service and subject of an interview with WZBC of Boston).
* Intelligent Design Creationists Abuse Science and Victims of the Holocaust, The Huffington Post, July 6, 2010.
* The Father of Proliferation: Edward Teller's Nuclear Legacy, ScienceBlogs, April 9, 2010.

Professional Publications:

* Johnson, E.M. (2010). "Sexy Beasts." SEED, June 29, 2010. Link.
* Johnson, E.M. (2009). "Survival of the Kindest." SEED, Sept. 24, 2009. Link.
* Johnson, E.M. (2009). "Male Chauvinist Chimps or the Meat Market of Public Opinion?" in Zivcovik, B. (ed.) The Open Laboratory: Year's Best Science Writing On Blogs, Lulu Press.
* Johnson, E.M. (2007). "The Sacrifice of Admetus: How the Evolution of Altruism Reveals Our Noblest Qualities" in Zivcovik, B. (ed.) The Open Laboratory: Year's Best Science Writing On Blogs, Lulu Press.
* Johnson, E.M. (2005). "Behind Enemy Lines." Wildlife Conservation, 108(6):26-31. Link.
* Johnson, E.M. (2002). "The Biology of Humor: In Search of the Cerebral Funny Bone." Discover, 23(5):24-25. Link.

Academic Publications:

* Johnson, E.M. (2010). "Nature of Leviathan: Biology and Physics in Hobbes' Political Science." History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (accepted).
* MacLean, E.L, Barrickman, N.L, Johnson, E.M., and Wall, C.E. (2009). "Sociality, Ecology, and Relative Brain Size in Lemurs." Journal of Human Evolution 56(5):471-478.
* Johnson, E.M. (2008). "Career or Family?: Maternal Style and Status-Seeking Behavior in Captive Bonobos (Pan paniscus)." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135(S46):126.
* Johnson, E.M. (2007). "Lack of Inbreeding Avoidance and Reduction of Alliance formation in Matrilineally-Housed Bonobos (Pan paniscus)." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 132(S44):137.