Welcome to the Drea Lab!
In the Drea Lab we explore various aspects of mammalian sociality, reproduction, and health in exceptional primates and carnivores. We focus on female-dominant species (e.g. hyenas, lemurs, & meerkats), integrating field and laboratory approaches to better elucidate the proximate mechanisms and ultimate causes underlying this unusual social structure.
Our current work focuses on meerkat reproductive endocrinology and eco-immunology, comparative neuro-endocrinology in various lemurs, and exploring the diversity of microbiomes in relation to heath and signaling in captive and wild lemurs.
Dr. Christine Drea is a professor at Duke University in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Biology, University Program in Ecology, and Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. She is the current Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Ecology. If you are interested in working in the Drea lab, see our 'prospectives' page.
Lydia joined the lab as a UPE graduate student!