Sofia Mafalda Pereira

Research Interests
Behavioral endocrinology
Non-human primate behavioral ecology
Evolution of social behavior

How do non-human primates use the available social information to navigate their social environment?
My work on selective social attention in wild Assamese Macaques focuses on one of the pivotal processes underlying the social dynamics of social primates: how social information is acquired and used to navigate the social environment. This project is part of the SFB1528: Cognition of Interaction.


  • Mar 22 – Present: PhD Student Department for Behavioral Ecology, University of Göttingen, Germany
    BeCoG PhD Program: Behavior and Cognition
    Research group SFB1528: Cognition of Interaction
    Project: Acquisition and use of social information in wild Assamese macaques
  • Nov 20 – Feb 22: Field Site Manager
    UCLA’S Lomas Barbudal field site, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
    Long-term behavioral study of wild white-faced capuchins
  • Aug 18 – Jun 20: MSc Applied Ethology and Animal Biology
    Biology department, Linköping University, Sweden
    MSc thesis in cooperation with Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Mexico
    Final thesis on the adaptive function of taste in black-handed Spider monkeys
  • Sep 14 – Jul 17: BSc Biology
    University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Final dissertation on the Gene expression of coffee pathogen C. cahawae