Jessica Rothman

Professor, Primate Ecology
Hunter College Of The City University Of New York

Honorary Lecturer, Zoology
Makerere University, Uganda


82. Chapman CA, Twinomugisha D, Teichroeb J, Valenta K, Sengupta R, Sarkar D and JM Rothman (2016) How do primates survive among humans? Mechanisms employed by vervet moneys at Lake Nabugabo, Uganda. In: Ethnoprimatology, edited by Michael Walker. pp. 77-94.

81. Aristizabal JF, Garcia- Feria LM, Serio-Silva JC, and JM Rothman. Contrasting methods to estimate the energy and protein intake of black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra): weight vs time estimates. American Journal of Primatology, in press

80. Koch F, Rothman JM, Ganzhorn J, Chapman CA, and C. Fichtel Sex and seasonal differences in diet and nutrient intake in Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi). American Journal of Primatology, in press

79. Busia L, Schaffner CM, Rothman JM, and F Aureli. Do fruit nutrients affect fission decisions in wild spider monkeys? International Journal of Primatology, accepted

78. Bennett AJ, Sibley S, Lauck M, Weny G, Hyeroba D, Tumukunde A, Friedrich TC, O'Connor DH, Johnson CA, Rothman JM and TL Goldberg. Naturally circulating Hepatitis A like viruses in olive baboons, Uganda. Emerging Infectious Diseases, in press

77. Vogel ER, Alavi SE, Utami-Atmoko SS, van Noordwijk MA, Bransford TD, Erb WM, Zulfa A, Sulistyo F, Farida WR, and JM Rothman. Nutritional ecology of wild Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) in a peat swamp habitat: effects of age, sex and season, American Journal of Primatology, accepted

76. Dröscher I, Rothman JM, Ganzhorn JU, and PM Kappeler (2016)Nutritional ecology of a small bodied folivorous primate (Lepilemur leucopus): Effects of season and reproduction on nutrient balancing. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 160:197-207.

75. Lambert JE, and JM Rothman (2016) Nutritional and energetic correlates of cheek pouch use in Cercopithecinae. African Zoology (invited), in press

74. Righini N, Garber PA, and JM Rothman (2016) The effects of plant nutritional chemistry on food selection of Mexican black howler monkeys (Alouatta pigra): the role of lipids. American Journal of Primatology, in press

73. Aryal A, Weihong J, Coogan SCP, Rothman JM, and D Raubenheimer Foods, macronutrients and fiber in the diet of blue sheep (Psuedois nayaur) in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. Ecology and Evolution, in press

72. Johnson CA, Raubenheimer D, Chapman CA, Tombak K, Reid A, and JM Rothman Macronutrient balancing affects patch departure by guereza (Colobus guereza). American Journal of Primatology, in press

71. Blumenthal SA, Rothman JM, Chritz KL, and T Cerling Stable isotope variation in tropical forest plants: implications and recommendations for applications to forest-dwelling primates. American Journal of Primatology, in press

70. Gomez A, Rothman JM, Petrzelkova K, Yeoman CJ, Vlckova K, Umana J, Carr M, Modry D, Todd A, Nelson K, Stumpf RM, Wilson BA, White BA, and SR Leigh The gut microbiome of Gorilla sp. reflects niche specific dietary fingerprints. ISME Journal, in press

69. Bryer MAH, Chapman CA, Raubenheimer D, Lambert JE and JM Rothman Macronutrient contributions of insects to redtail monkey diets. International Journal of Primatology, in press.

68. Rothman JM and CA Johnson. Primate nutrition and foodways. In: Brett J, Chrzan J (eds) Research Methods for the Anthropological Study of Food and Nutrition. AFN Methods Manual. Berghahn Publishers, in press

67. Fernandez VA, Righini N, and JM Rothman Diet and nutritional ecology of primates in Argentina. For inclusion in: Argentinean Association for the Study of Mammals (eds). Primatology in Argentina, in press

66. Koirala RK, Weihong J, Rothman JM and D. Raubenheimer Why do elephants move? Do habitats below optimum change ranging pattern? An insight into human elephant interaction issue in Nepal. Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, in press

65. Aryal A, Brunton D, Weihong J, Rothman JM, and D Raubenheimer (2015) Habitat characteristics, diet and macronutrition of Himalayan marmots in the Central Himalaya, Nepal. J. Mammology, 96:308-316.

64. Lambert JE and JM Rothman (2015) Fallback foods, optimal diets and nutrient balancing: primate responses to varying food availability and quality. Annual Reviews of Anthropology, 44:

63. Sistiaga A, Wrangham RW, Rothman JM, and RE Summons (2015) New insights into the evolution of the human diet from faecal biomarker analysis in wild chimpanzee and gorilla faeces. PLoS One, 10:e0128931.

62. Irwin MT, Raharison JL, Raubenheimer D, Chapman CA, and JM Rothman (2015) Nutritional geometry of resource scarcity: effects of lean seasons and habitats on nutrient intake and balancing in a wild sifaka. PloS One, 10:e0128046.

61. Rothman JM, Chapman CA, Struhsaker TS, Raubenheimer D, Twinomugisha D, and PG Waterman. (2015) Long term declines in nutritional quality of tropical leaves. Ecology,93:873-878.

60. Omeja PA, Jacob AL, Laham A, Lawes MJ, Lwanga JS, Rothman JM, Tumwesigye C, and CA Chapman. (2015) Changes in elephant density has cascading effects on forest composition. Biotropica, 46:704-711.

59. Rothman JM (2015) Nutritional ecology provides new insights into the interaction between food quality and demography in endangered wildlife. Functional Ecology, 29:3-4.

58.Raubenheimer D, Machovsky- Capuska GE, Chapman CA, and JM Rothman. (2015) Geometry of nutrition in field studies: an illustration using wild primates. Oecologia, 177:223-234.

57. Gogarten JF, Jacob AK, Ghai RR, Rothman JM, Twinomugisha D, Wasserman MD and CA Chapman. (2015) Causes and consequences of changing group sizes in a primate community over 15+ years: implications of non-equilibrium states. Biotropica, 47:101-112.

56. Masette M, Isabirye-Basuta G, Baranga D, Chapman CA and JM Rothman (2015) The complexity of interpreting primate diets: the case of Blighia unijugata use by mangabeys (Lophocebus albigena). African Journal of Ecology, in press

55. Cancelliere E, DeAngelis N, Raubenheimer D, Nkurunungi JB and JM Rothman (2014) Mineral nutrients in the foods eaten by mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei). PLoS One, ie112117.

54. Reiner WB, Petzinger C, Power ML, Hyeroba D and JM Rothman. (2014) Fatty acids in mountain gorilla diets: implications for primate nutrition and health. American Journal of Primatology, 76:281-288. [pdf]

53. Raubenheimer D, Rothman JM, Pontzer H and S Simpson. (2014) Macronutrient contribution of insects to the human diet: a geometric analysis. Journal of Human Evolution, 71:70-76. [pdf]

52.Rothman JM, Raubenheimer D, Bryer MAH, Takahashi M and CC Gilbert. (2014) Nutritional contributions of insects to primate diets: implications for primate evolution. Journal of Human Evolution, 71:59-69. [pdf]

51. Irwin MT, Raharison JL, Raubenheimer D, Chapman CA and JM Rothman (2014) Nutritional correlates of the ‘lean season’: effects of seasonality and frugivory on the nutritional ecology of diademed sifakas. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153:78-91. [pdf]

50. Rothman JM, Nkurunungi JB, Shannon B and MA Bryer (2014) High altitude diets: implications for the feeding and nutritional ecology of mountain gorillas. In: Gursky S, Grow N High altitude primates. Springer Series Developments in Primatology, pp. 247-264. [pdf]

49. Chapman CA, and JM Rothman. (nd) Frugivores and folivores: foraging challenges and their social consequences. In: Yamagiwa J, Karczmarski L, Social Ecology of Dolphins, Monkeys and Apes: a comparative overview. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, in press

48. Chapman CA, Ghai R, Reyna-Hurtado R, Jacob AL, Koojo SM, Rothman JM, Twinomugisha D, and TL Goldberg. (2013) Going, going, gone: a 15 year history of the decline of primate populations in forest fragments. In: Primates in Fragments: Complexity and Resilience (ed. L. Marsh and C. Chapman) Springer, pp. 89-100. [pdf]

47. Johnson CA, Raubenheimer D, Rothman JM, Clarke D and L Swedell. (2013) 30 days in the life: nutrient balancing in a wild chacma baboon. PLoS One, 8, e70383[pdf]

46. Chapman CA, Bonnell TR, Sengupta R, Goldberg TL and JM Rothman (2013) Is Markamia lutea’s abundance determined by animal foraging? Forest Ecology and Management, 308:62-66. [pdf]

45. Ryan AM, Chapman CA, and JM Rothman. (2013) How does dietary consumption affect nutrient concentrations? A test with red colobus. African Journal of Ecology, 51:1-10. [pdf]

44. Isbell LA, Rothman JM, Young PJ, and K Rudolph. (2013) Nutritional benefits of Crematogaster mimosae ant and Acacia drepanolobium gum to patas monkeys and vervets in Laikipia, Kenya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 150:286-300. [pdf]

43. Chapman CA, Bonnell T, Gogarten JF, Lambert JE, Omeja PA, Twinomugisha D, Wasserman MD, and JM Rothman. (2013) Primates as ecosystem engineers. International Journal of Primatology, 34:1-14 [pdf]

42. Carlson BA, Rothman JM, and JC Mitani. (2013) Diurnal variation in the sapling nutrients associated with foraging behavior in chimpanzees. American Journal of Primatology, 75:342-349. [pdf]

41. Bryer MA, Chapman CA, and JM Rothman. (2013) Diet and polyspecific associations affect spatial patterns of redtail monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius). Behaviour, 150:277-293. [pdf]

40. Raubenheimer D, and JM Rothman. (2013) The nutritional ecology of entomophagy in humans and other primates. Annual Review of Entomology, 58:141-160. [pdf]

39. Rothman JM, Vogel ER, and SA Blumenthal. (2013) Diet and nutrition.In: Blair M., Bynum, N. and Sterling E. Primate ecology and conservation: a handbook of techniques. Oxford University Press [pdf]

38. Blumenthal SA, Chritz KL, Rothman JM, and TE Cerling. (2012) Detecting intra-annual dietary variability in wild mountain gorillas by stable isotope analysis of feces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., 109:21277-21282 [pdf][SI]

37. Chapman CA, Rothman JM, and JE Lambert. (2012) Primate foraging strategies and nutrition: behavioral and evolutionary implications. In: Mitani J, Call J, Kappeler P, Palombit R, and J Silk (eds.) The Evolution of Primate Societies, pp. 145-167. [pdf]

36. Gogarten JF, Guzman M, Chapman CA, Jacob AL, Omeja P, and JM Rothman (2012) What is the predictive power of the colobine protein-to-fiber model and its conservation value? Tropical Conservation Science 5:381-393. [pdf]

35. Laurence et al. (many authors including JM Rothman) (2012) Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas. Nature 489:290-294. [pdf]

34. Johnson CA, Swedell L and JM Rothman (2012) Ecology of olive baboons in the Kibale National Park, Uganda: preliminary results on diet and food selection. African Journal of Ecology 50:367-370. [pdf]

33. Rothman JM, CA Chapman and PJ Van Soest (2012) Methods in primate nutritional ecology: a user's guide. International Journal of Primatology, 33:542-566. [pdf]

32. Chapman CA, Bowman DD, Ghai RR, Goldberg TL, Gogarten J, Rothman JM, Twinomugisha D, and C Walsh (2012) Long-term changes in primate parasites: a test of the biological island hypothesis. American Journal of Primatology, 74:510-517. [pdf]

31. Wasserman MD, Taylor-Gutt A, Rothman JM, Chapman CA, Milton K, and DC Leitman (2012) The estrogenic plant foods of red colobus monkeys and mountain gorillas in Uganda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 148:88-97. [pdf]

30. Yisehak K, Becker A, Rothman JM, Dierenfeld E, Marescau B, Bosch, G, Hendriks W, and GPJ Janssens (2012) Salivary proline and plasma micromineral response to condensed tannins in free-ranging Zebu cattle as a marker of habitat degradation. Livestock Science, 144: 88-97. [pdf]

29. Reid AJ, Tombak KJ, Chapman CA, Rothman JM, Johnson CA, and R Reyna-Hurtado (2012) Patch depletion differs in sympatric folivorous monkeys. Primates, 53: 57-64 [pdf]

28. Rothman JM, Raubenheimer D, and CA Chapman (2011) Nutritional geometry: gorillas prioritize non-protein energy while consuming surplus protein. Biology Letters, 7:847-849. [pdf]

27. Chapman CA, Chapman LJ, Hartter J, Jacob AL, Lwanga JS, Omeja P, Rothman JM, Twinomugisha D (2011) Complex responses to climate and anthropogenic changes: an evaluation based on long-term data from Kibale National Park, Uganda. In: Climate change in the Albertine Rift A. Plumptre ed. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, New York, pp. 70-87.

26. Wanyama F, Muhabwe R, Plumptre AJ, Chapman CA, and JM Rothman (2010) Censusing large mammals in Kibale National Park: evaluation of the intensity of sampling required to determine change.  African Journal of Ecology, 48:953-961. [pdf]

25. Chapman CA, Struhsaker TT, Skorupa JP, Snaith TV, and JM Rothman (2010) Understanding long-term primate community dynamics: implications for forest change. Ecological Applications 20:179-191. [pdf]

24. Chapman CA, Chapman LJ, Jacob AL, Rothman JM, Omeja PA, Reyna-Hurtado R, Lawes M and J Hartter (2010) Tropical tree community shifts: implications for wildlife conservation. Biological Conservation 143:366-374. [pdf]

23. Chapman CA, Speirs M, Hodder SAM, and JM Rothman (2010) Colobus monkey parasite infections in wet and dry habitats: implications for climate change. African Journal of Ecology 48:555-558.[pdf]

22. Rothman JM, Chapman CA, Hansen JL, Cherney DJ, and AN Pell (2009) Rapid assessment of the nutritional value of mountain gorilla foods: applying near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy to primatology. International Journal of Primatology30:729-742. [pdf]

21. Rothman JM, Dusinberre K, and AN Pell (2009) Condensed tannins in the diets of primates: a matter of methods? American Journal of Primatology 71:70-76.[pdf]

20. Rothman JM, Pell AN, and DD Bowman (2009) How does diet quality affect the parasite ecology of mountain gorillas?  In: Huffman MA, Chapman CA (eds.) Primate parasite ecology: the dynamics and study of host-parasite relationships, Cambridge University Press, pp. 441-462. [pdf]

19. Chapman CA, Rothman JM, and SAM Hodder (2009) Can parasites be a selective force influencing primate group size? A test with red colobus.  In: Huffman MA, Chapman CA (eds.) Primate parasite ecology: the dynamics and study of host-parasite relationships, Cambridge University Press, pp. 423-440. [pdf]

18. Chapman CA, Hodder SAM, and JM Rothman (2009) Host-parasite dynamics: connecting primate field data to theory.  In: Huffman MA, and Chapman CA (eds.) Primate parasite ecology: the dynamics and study of host-parasite relationships, Cambridge University Press, pp. 463-483. [pdf]

17. Chapman CA, and JM Rothman (2009) Within-species differences in primate social structure: evolution of plasticity and phylogenetic constraints. Primates 50:12-22. [pdf]

16. Rothman JM, Chapman CA, Twinomugisha D, Wasserman MD, Lambert JE, and TL Goldberg (2008) Measuring physical traits of primates remotely: the use of parallel lasers. American Journal of Primatology 70:1191-1195. [pdf]

15. Rothman JM, Chapman CA, and AN Pell (2008) Fiber-bound protein in gorilla diets: implications for estimating the intake of dietary protein by primates. American Journal of Primatology 70:690-694. [pdf]

14. Snaith TV, Chapman CA, Rothman JM, and MD Wasserman (2008) Bigger groups have fewer parasites and similar cortisol levels: a multi-group analysis in red colobus monkeys. American Journal of Primatology 70:1072-1080. [pdf]

13. Rothman JM, Pell AN, and DD Bowman (2008) Host-parasite ecology of the helminths of mountain gorillas. Journal of Parasitology 94:834-840.[pdf]

12. Rothman JM, Dierenfeld ES, Hintz HF, and AN Pell (2008) Nutritional quality of gorilla diets: consequences of age, sex and season. Oecologia 155:111-122. [pdf]

11. Rothman JM, Plumptre AJ, Dierenfeld ES, and AN Pell (2007) Nutritional composition of the diet of the gorilla (Gorilla beringei): a comparison between two montane habitats. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23:673-682. [pdf]

10. Rothman JM, Van Soest PJ, and AN Pell (2006) Decaying wood is a sodium source for mountain gorillas. Biology Letters 2: 321-324. [pdf]

9. Frey JC, Rothman JM, Pell AN, Nizeyi JB, Cranfield MR, and EA Angert (2006) Fecal bacterial diversity in a wild gorilla (Gorilla beringei). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72:3788-3792. [pdf]

8. Rothman JM, Pell AN, Nkurunungi JB, and ES Dierenfeld (2006) Nutritional aspects of the diet of wild gorillas: how do Bwindi gorillas compare?  In: Newton-Fisher NE, Notman H, Reynolds V, and JD Paterson (eds.) Primates of western Uganda. Springer: New York. pp. 153-169. [pdf]

7. Rothman JM, Bowman DD, Kalema- Zikusoka G, and JB Nkurunungi (2006) The parasites of the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. In: Newton-Fisher NE, Notman H, Reynolds V, and JD Paterson (eds.) Primates of western Uganda. Springer: New York. pp. 171-192.[pdf]

6. Rothman JM, Dierenfeld ES, Molina DO, Shaw AV, Hintz HF, and AN Pell (2006) Nutritional chemistry of foods eaten by gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. American Journal of Primatology 68:675-691. [pdf]

5. Rothman JM, Pell AN, Dierenfeld ES, and CM McCann (2006) Plant choice in the construction of night nests by gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. American Journal of Primatology 68:361-368. [pdf]

4. Kalema- Zikusoka G, Rothman JM, and M Fox (2005) Intestinal parasites and bacteria in mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Primates 46:59-63. [pdf]

3. Rothman JM, and DD Bowman (2003) A review of the endoparasites of mountain gorillas. In: Bowman DD (ed.) Companion and exotic animal parasitology. International Veterinary Information Service. [pdf]

2. Rothman JM, Bowman DD, Eberhard ML, and AN Pell (2002) Intestinal parasites in the research group of gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: preliminary results. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 969:346-349. [pdf]

1. McCann CM, and JM Rothman (1999) Changes in nearest neighbor associations in a captive group of western lowland gorillas after the introduction of hand- reared infants. Zoo Biology18:261-278. [pdf]

Manuscripts submitted or in revision

Petimar JS, Plumptre AJ, and JM Rothman. Nutrients in the leaf resources consumed by primates in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda.

Lindshield SM, Danielson B, Rothman JM, and JD Pruetz Habitat selection and predator sensitive foraging in western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus)

Canceillere E, Chapman CA, Twinomugisha D, and JM Rothman. Nutritional composition of the diets of vervet monkeys in a humanized matrix.

Hon N, Behie A, Rothman JM, and K Ryan Nutritional composition of the diet of northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons (Nomascus annamensis) in northern Cambodia

Irwin MT, Raharison JL, Junge R, and JM Rothman Falling short: are minerals nutritional challenges for diademed sifakas (Propithecus diadema)?

Koirala RK, Ji W, Coogan SCP, Rothman JM, and D Raubenheimer Diet composition and macronutrient prioritization in a captive Asian elephant.