Ph.D. Anthropology. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. Biology & Music. Grinnell College

Email: elizabeth.mallott(at)

Phone: 847-467-6579
Office: 1801 Maple Avenue



My research focuses on the behavioral, physiological, developmental, and evolutionary consequences of faunivory in nonhuman and human primates. I examine how consumption of invertebrate and other animal prey influences the foraging ecology of primates, and how commensal relationships between hosts and their gut microbiota shape foraging strategies in insect-feeding primates. My research employs innovative molecular and bioinformatics methods, including DNA metabarcoding and metagenomics, as a complement to behavioral and ecological methods. More information can be found on my personal website.



  1. EK Mallott, PA Garber, RS Malhi. (2017). Integrating feeding behavior, ecological data, and DNA barcoding to identify developmental differences in invertebrate foraging strategies in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162: 241-254.
  2. JE Molto, O Loreille, EK Mallott, RS Malhi, S Fast, J Daniels-Higginbotham, C Marshall, R Parr. (2017). Complete mitochondrial genome sequencing of a burial from a Romano-Christian cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt. Genes 8: 262.
  3. G Figueiro, L Cabrera Pérez, J Lindo, EK Mallott, A Owings, RS Malhi, M Sans. Análisis del genoma mitocondrial de dos individuos inhumados en el sitio arqueológico CG14E01 “Isla Larga” (Rocha, Uruguay). (2017). Revista Argentina de Antropología Biológica 19: 1-17.
  4. EK Mallott, PA Garber, RS Malhi. High-throughput sequencing of fecal DNA to identify insects consumed by wild Weddell’s saddleback tamarins (Saguinus weddelli, Cebidae, Primates) in Boliva. (2015). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156: 474-481.
  5. PA Garber, A McKenney, EK Mallott. The ecology of trunk-to-trunk leaping in Saguinus fuscicollis: implications for understanding locomotor diversity in callitrichines. (2012). Neotropical Primates 12: 1-7.