Pamela Ashmore specializes in the behavior and ecology of a closely related group of nonhuman primates – the macaques.  She is particularly interested in how such species respond to changing environments and why some macaque species are ecologically fragile while others are ecologically robust.  Ecologically robust species, like rhesus macaques, are capable of great behavioral and ecological plasticity while other macaque species, like the beautiful lion-tailed macaque, are incapable of such flexibility.  She is currently working on a 2nd edition of her coauthored text, The Life of Primates which will be published by Waveland Press.  She is also working on an article about Laws Pertaining to the Private Ownership of Nonhuman Primates.

Dr. Ashmore is also particularly interested in science education and helping individuals to constructively understand evolution and human variation.  Prior to joining the faculty at UTC, she was Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Languages at the University of Missouri, St. Louis and Co-Director of the Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity.  This was an inquiry-based science education program for middle and high school students, undergraduate students, and other adult learners. This hands-on laboratory program focused on teaching about human origins, biological and cultural human variation.  She has a long history of working with pre-service and in-service middle and high school teachers helping them to teach about archaeology, human evolution, primatology, forensics, and human variation.


  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, Ph.D. Biological Anthropology
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, M.A. Biological Anthropology
  • University of Central Connecticut, B.A. Anthropology

Teaching Interests

Biological Anthropology, Human Variation, Forensic Anthropology, Primate Behavior and Ecology  

Why did you become an Anthropology professor?
I think having knowledge about cultural diversity, understanding that all humans have a common origin, and gaining an appreciation for biological diversity is integral to making this a better world.  I love the discipline and am very fortunate to be able to teach people about it.

Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I love being around animals especially dogs and horses.  My three dogs that were all abandoned on roadsides are my walking companions.  I like to hike and kayak and just being in the woods.