James J. Moore received his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University in 1985; his thesis work explored the connections among ecology, demography, and behavior in nonhuman primates (a mix of theory, literature review, and fieldwork on cooperation among male langur monkeys, Presbytis entellus, in Rajasthan, India).
His current research has two major foci:
- Fieldwork on chimpanzee ecology in western Tanzania is geared towards increasing our understanding of Plio-Pleistocene hominids (and chimpanzee socioecology)
- The use of comparative behavioral data on temperament in nonhuman primates to clarify proximate mechanisms involved with the evolution of social systems. (Comparison of primates and cetaceans also comes in here.)