Date of Award

Summer 8-2-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Christopher C. Gilbert

Second Advisor

Jason M. Kamilar

Academic Program Adviser

Jonathan Shannon


Ecological niche modeling investigates how climatic variables have influenced taxonomic diversity in Papio. Models performed well suggesting climatic variables influence the distribution of baboon species. Niche overlap among all possible pairs of taxa determined that species exhibited significantly different niches. The results of these models support a parapatric speciation scenario.



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