I obtained my Ph.D. in Anthropology (2023) at the University of Michigan where I was advised by Dr. Jacinta Beehner. My dissertation examined the causes and consequences of individual differences in male life history patterns in wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) – a close relative of baboons.

Prior to this, I received a 5 year dual BS-MS degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali in 2015 with a focus in Biological Sciences. I am broadly interested in life history theory, sexual conflict, and the evolution of behavioral strategies in social species.

My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant), the L.S.B Leakey Foundation (Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowship & Leakey Research Grant), the International Primatological Society (Student Research Grant), the American Society for Mammalogists (Grant in aid of Research), Rackham Graduate School (Rackham International Research Award, Barbour Fellowship, Rackham Humanities Fellowship, Rackham One Term Fellowship), African Studies Center (Summer Research Award), International Institute (Summer Research Award), Evolution and Human Adaptation Program (Student Research Grant), and the Department of Anthropology (Titiev Fellowship) at the University of Michigan.

email: sharmisn@umich.edu

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