Evan MacLean, PhD

Assistant Professor Faculty

Evan MacLean, PhD

Assistant Professor Faculty

Academic/Professional Bio

Evan MacLean is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona where he holds appointments in Anthropology, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, and Cognitive Science.  He is the founder and Director of the Arizona Canine Cognition Center. Dr. MacLean received his Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University in 2012, where he was a James B. Duke Fellow. His research integrates methods from evolutionary biology and comparative psychology to address questions about the mechanisms through which animals represent and reason about the world, and the processes through which cognition evolves.  He also conducts applied work investigating how research on dog behavior, cognition, genetics, and neuroendocrinology can improve the processes through which dogs are selected, bred, and trained for roles in society.  In addition to his work on animal behavior and cognition, Dr. MacLean studies the biological mechanisms involved in human-animal-interaction, with a focus on the neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin. He has led diverse projects on these topics which have been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition.  In 2015 he was awarded a Next Generation Canine Research Fellowship from the Stanton Foundation, and his work has been highlighted in media outlets including The New York Times, National Public Radio, the BBC, and National Geographic

Educational Background

He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2012, and served as Co-Director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center from 2012-2016. Dr. MacLean conducts research with diverse species ranging from chimpanzees and bonobos to lemurs and domestic dogs.

Dr. MacLean teaches courses in the School of Anthropology on a range of topics, including cognitive evolution and statistics using R.

Publications

For an overview of Dr. MacLean's research, please see the publications pagehis CV, or one of his external profile pages: Google ScholarResearchGate.

Faculty Research