Joyce A. Parga, Ph.D.

Joyce Parga - California State University-Los Angeles
College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Anthropology
Associate Professor



Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Texas-Austin, 2006
M.A. Anthropology, University of Texas-Austin, 2002
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California-Irvine, 1998


Parga JA. (2023) Reproductive and social aspects of aging in non-human primates. In: Anthropological Perspectives on Aging. Howell BM and Harrod RP. (eds), University Press of Florida: Gainesville, pp 11-26

Parga, JA & Thurau, E. (2022) Food availability and male deference in the female‐dominant ring‐tailed lemur, Lemur catta. American Journal of Primatology 84(9): e23422

Chandrashekar A, Knierim JA, Khan S, Raboin DL, Venkatesh S, Clarke TA, Cuozzo FP, LaFleur M, Lawler RR, Parga JA, Rasamimanana HR, Reuter KE, Sauther ML and Baden AL. (2020) Genetic population structure of endangered ring‐tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) from nine sites in southern Madagascar. Ecology and Evolution 10(15): 8030-8043

Dore KM, Hansen MF, Klegarth AR, Fichtel C, Koch F, Springer A, Kappeler P, Parga JA, Humle T, Colin C, Raballand E, Huang Z-P, Qi Z-G, Di Fiore A, Link A, Stevenson PR, Stark DJ, Tan N, Gallagher CA, Anderson CJ, Campbell CJ, Kenyon M, Pebsworth P, Sprague D, Jones-Engel L and Fuentes A. (2020) Review of GPS collar deployments and performance on nonhuman primates. Primates 61(3): 373-387

Parga JA and Nansen SC. (2019) Heteropaternity of twins in ring‐tailed lemurs (Lemur catta). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 169(2): 270-278

Walker-Bolton AD and Parga JA. (2017) “Stink flirting” in ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta): Male olfactory displays to females as honest, costly signals. American Journal of Primatology 79(12): e22724

Parga JA, Sauther M, Cuozzo FP, Youssouf Jacky IA, Lawler RR, Sussman RW, Gould L, and Pastorini J. (2016) Paternity in wild ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta): Implications for male mating strategies. American Journal of Primatology 78(12): 1316-1325

Parga JA, Sauther M, Cuozzo FP, Youssouf Jacky IA, Gould L, Sussman RW, Lawler RR and Pastorini J. (2015) Genetic evidence for male and female dispersal in wild Lemur catta. Folia Primatologica 86(1-2): 66-75

Parga JA, Sauther ML, Cuozzo FP, Youssouf Jacky IA, and Lawler RR. (2012) Evaluating ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) from southwestern Madagascar for a genetic population bottleneck. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147(1): 21-29

Parga JA. (2011) Nocturnal ranging in a diurnal primate: Are ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) cathemeral? Primates 52(3): 201-205

Parga J and Overdorff D. (2011) Primate socioecology. In: Primates in Perspective, 2nd edition. Campbell CJ, Fuentes A, MacKinnon KC, Bearder SK, and Stumpf RM. (eds), Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp 12-19

Parga JA. (2010) Evaluation of male inter-troop transfer as a mating strategy in ring-tailed lemurs on St Catherines Island, USA. Folia Primatologica 81(3): 146-162

Parga JA. (2010) Male post-ejaculatory mounting in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta): A behavior solicited by females? Ethology 116(9): 832-842

Parga JA. (2009) Dominance rank reversals and rank instability among male Lemur catta: The effects of female behavior and ejaculation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 138(3): 293-305

Parga JA and Henry AR. (2008) Male aggression during mating: Evidence for sexual coercion in a female dominant primate? American Journal of Primatology 70(12): 1187-1190

Parga JA and Lessnau RG. (2008) Dispersal among male ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) on St Catherines Island. American Journal of Primatology 70(7): 650-660

Overdorff D and Parga J. (2007) The new era of primate socioecology: Ecology and intersexual conflict. In: Primates in Perspective. Campbell CJ, Fuentes A, MacKinnon KC, Panger MA, and Bearder SK. (eds), Oxford University Press: Oxford, pp 466-482

Parga JA. (2006) Male mate choice in Lemur catta. International Journal of Primatology 27(1):107-131

Parga JA, Maga M and Overdorff DJ. (2006) High-resolution x-ray computed tomography scanning of primate copulatory plugs. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 129(4): 567-576

Parga JA and Lessnau RG. (2005) Female age-specific reproductive rates, birth seasonality, and infant mortality of ring-tailed lemurs on St Catherines Island: 17-year reproductive history of a free-ranging colony. Zoo Biology 24(4): 295-309

Parga JA. (2003) Copulatory plug displacement evidences sperm competition in Lemur catta. International Journal of Primatology 24(4): 889-899

Vlietstra LS and Parga JA. (2002) Long-term changes in the type, but not amount, of ingested plastic particles in short-tailed shearwaters in the southeastern Bering Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin 44(9): 945-955