Alison Behie is an Associate Professor in biological anthropology and Head of the ANU School of Archaeology and Anthropology.

She is also the leader of the Biodiversity Research Cluster at the ANU institute for Climate, Energy and Disasters Solutions.

Alison is a researcher with a keen interest in understanding the impacts of environmental change on all primates – human and non-human.

Taking a holistic approach, her current research has two primary focuses. The first is studying the impact of stress experienced in pregnancy or early life on birth outcomes and child development. This may include stress from lifestyle choices, health or exposure to a natural disaster.

Her second focus is understanding the impact of climate change and habitat modification on non-human primates in Central America and Asia. This includes studies on the impact of natural disasters or human-induced change on non-human primate behaviour and extinction risk.

Fields of expertise



Greater risk for babies born during natural disasters

Pregnant women exposed to natural disasters such as volcanoes are more likely to give birth prematurely, according to…

21 June 2021

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