The Gordon P. Getty Grant was established in 2013 to commemorate Chairman Gordon Getty’s forty years of generosity and commitment to The Leakey Foundation and to the science of human origins. The grant is awarded once a year to a researcher or researchers who show extraordinary originality and dedication in their intellectual and professional pursuits while exemplifying a multidisciplinary approach to human origins research.
In December 2016 the Gordon P. Getty Grant was awarded to Margaret Crofoot for her project entitled “Dominance, social stability and the emergence of collective decisions in complex societies.”
Margaret Crofoot is an assistant professor at the University of California at Davis and a research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. She is interested in the evolution of complex social systems, specifically understanding how collective (group) behaviors emerge from interactions among individuals and how group traits impact individual fitness. She uses remote tracking technology in conjunction with field-based experiments and observational methods to explore group movement and decision-making, coordinated territorial defense, and other collective behaviors in primate social groups. She has a BA from Stanford and an MA and a PhD from Harvard.
Stay tuned for a new Origin Stories podcast featuring Dr. Crofoot!