Campus Directory: Peter Henzi

University of Lethbridge

Peter Henzi
Psychology Department
Office: C578 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 317-2839


Primate sociality and cognition, Animal behaviour, Development and structure of human social cognition

Research Areas

Primate socio-ecology, Baboons, Vervet monkeys, Social development in children, Spatial decision-making


I am a native of Durban, South Africa, with a PhD from the University of Natal. Together with Prof. Louise Barrett, I conduct field research on the behavioural ecology of southern African primates (baboons, vervets) and, more recently, on the development of human social cognition. I retain strong academic links with South Africa and hold an adjunct research chair at the University of South Africa.

Selected Publications

Representative recent publications include:

S.P. Henzi, R. Hetem, A. Fuller, S. Maloney, C. Young, D. Mitchell, L. Barrett & R. McFarland. 2017. Consequences of sex-specific sociability for thermoregulation in male vervet monkeys during winter. Journal of Zoology 302: 193-200.

M.J. Dostie, D. Lusseau, T. Bonnell, P.M.R. Clarke, G. Chaplin, S. Kienzle, L. Barrett & S.P. Henzi. 2016. Proof of principle: The adaptive geometry of social foragers. Animal Behaviour 119: 173-178.

N. Josephs, T. Bonnell, M. Dostie, L. Barrett & S.P. Henzi. 2016. Working the crowd: Sociable vervets benefit by reducing exposure to risk. Behavioral Ecology 27: 988-994.

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