Jean-Baptiste Leca, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II)
Department of Psychology
University of Lethbridge

Past and other research activities

In collaboration with other researchers, I conducted or participated in studies on:

  • Aggressive and post-conflict interactions in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Leca, Fornasieri, & Petit, 2002)

  • Distributed leadership during group movements in white-faced capuchin monkeys (Leca, Gunst, Thierry, & Petit, 2003; Meunier, Leca, Deneubourg, & Petit, 2006; Petit, Gautrais, Leca, Théraulaz, & Deneubourg, 2009)

  • Social dynamics of fur rubbing behavior in white-faced and brown capuchin monkeys (Leca, Gunst, & Petit, 2007)

  • Social learning of leaf-swallowing behavior (i.e., a form of self-medication) in chimpanzees (Huffman, Spiezio, Sgaravatti, & Leca, 2010)

  • The ontogeny of foraging competence in brown capuchin monkeys (Gunst, Leca, Boinski, & Fragaszy, 2010)

I also participated in two primate conservation projects:

  1. A survey of the population density and abundance of ebony leaf monkeys in West Bali National Park, Indonesia.


  • Gunst & Leca (2011): Non-refereed report published by the Rufford Foundation

  • Leca, Gunst, Rompis, Soma, Arta Putra, & Wandia (2013): Peer-reviewed article published in Primate Conservation

2. A survey of the population density, abundance, and group composition of mona monkeys on the island of Grenada, West Indies.


  • Leca, Gunst, & Vasey (2015): Non-refereed report submitted to the Ministry of Environment (Department of Forestry) and Ministry of Tourism, St George's, Grenada

  • Gunst, Forteau, Philbert, Vasey, & Leca (2016) in Primate Conservation
See also:

Our conservation survey is HERE.

Our conservation project was cited by the former Ministry of Tourism in Grenada, Mrs Alexandra Otway-Noel:

Our conservation project was featured in the journal Jamaica Observer:

Finally, I co-edited a book (Leca, Huffman, & Vasey, 2012) and published a review chapter on the benefits of long-term primatological research (Huffman, Fedigan, Vasey, & Leca, 2012).