Dr. Kaitlin Wellens

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Biology

Phone: 202-884-9256
Office: Main 270


  • Ph.D., Primate Behavior and Human Evolution, The George Washington University
  • M.P., Human Paleobiology, The George Washington University
  • B.S., Biology, Bates College


  • Phillip J. Amsterdam Teaching Award, 2108

Select Works Published

  • The development of third party affiliation in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)
    Miller, J.A., Stanton, M.A., Lonsdorf, E.V., Wellens, K.R., Markham, A.C., & Murray, C.M, Royal Society of Open Science, 2017
  • Maternal effects on offspring stress physiology in wild chimpanzees
    Murray, C.M., Stanton, M.A., Wellens, K.R., Santymire, R.M., Heintz, M.R., Lonsdorf, E.V., American Journal of Primatology, 2016


My teaching philosophy is grounded in student focused learning and inclusive excellence. Through hands on activities and real life, relatable examples, I work with students to build excitement and confidence in my Biology courses. I aim to foster each students’ individual and diverse experiences to create an enriching and insightful classroom experience.