Erin G. Wessling

Erin G. Wessling

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard University

Erin Wessling is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and is currently serving as the Regional Coordinator for the Regional Action Plan for the Conservation of the Western Chimpanzee.

As a broadly trained primate behavioral ecologist, she is interested in the intersection of ecology, biogeography, physiology, and (human) evolution. Her expertise lies in endocrinology, stable isotopes, and ecological and survey methods. She is an experienced practitioner and advocate for the integration and application of scientific evidence into conservation policy and action.


  • Primate Ecology
  • Human Evolution
  • Conservation


  • PhD in Biology, 2018

    Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology / University of Leipzig

  • M.A. in Anthropology, 2011

    Iowa State University

  • Certificate in GIS, 2011

    Iowa State University

  • B.Sc. in Animal Ecology, 2009

    Iowa State University