Dan Coppeto

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Current Position

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Emory University


B.S New York University (2008)
PhD. Emory University (2020)

Dan Coppeto obtained a double major in Psychology and Anthropology from New York University, going on to pursue a doctorate program at Emory University in order to better realize his goals of studying human neurobiological and behavioral evolution.
He once acted as a field researcher in Ecuador, studying the local Titi and Saki monkeys for the Tiputini Biodiversity Station, and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Emory University.

Dr. Coppeto’s research has primarily focused on the way in which proximate neurobiological and endocrinological mechanisms of primate sociality influence the highly variable social structures, mating relationships, and social lives of the baboon subspecies. Of particular interest is the roles that the neurohormones oxytocin and arginine vasopressin (and their interactions within the brain) play in observed differences in primate sociality, with the hopes of expanding his research to look more closely at the connection between specific social behaviors and hormone concentration variability.

Topics of Interest:

  • Primatology
  • Brain evolution
  • Social neuroendocrinology
  • Primate social organization
  • Comparative neurobiology
  • Aggression & Competition

Publications and Presentations:
Coppeto, D.J., Morales, P.R., Wagner J.L. 2014. Social behaviors of a captive hamadryas baboon (Papio hamadryas hamadryas) colony and its comparison to wild populations. Poster Presentation at the American Society of Primatologists 37th Meeting, Decatur, GA.
Worthman, C., Sheets, G., Coppeto, D. 2014. Plenary Session: Human Biology and the Microbiome. Co-Organizer of Plenary Session at Human Biology Association 39th Meeting. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Coppeto, D. 2014. The role of the gut microbiota in the evolution of hominin energetics. Plenary Podium Presentation at Human Biology Association 39th Meeting. Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Coppeto, D., Preuss, TM., Bryant, KL., Rilling, JK. 2013. A comparative white matter atlas of
humans, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), and bonobos (Pan paniscus) using diffusion tensor
imaging. Poster Presentation at Society for Neuroscience 43rd Meeting, San Diego, CA.
Coppeto, D. 2013. The “extra” human metabolic organ: possible contributions of the gut microbiota to hominin evolution. Poster Presentation at Human Biology Association 38th Meeting. Knoxville, TN.
Coppeto, D., Bailey, SE., Šešelj, M., Harcourt-Smith, W. 2009. Sexual dimorphism in sacral
curvature and its relationship to bipedalism and obstetrics. Podium Presentation at American
Association of Physical Anthropologists 78th Meeting. Chicago, IL.
Coppeto, D. 2008. Sexual Dimorphism of the Sacrum and its Relationship to Bipedalism and Obstetrics. Podium Presentation at Dean’s Undergraduate Research Conference. New York University, New York, NY.


dcoppet [at] emory [dot] edu
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Mario Sánchez del Campo, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Last Revision: 3/25/2022

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