NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Christopher Robinson

Professor Department of Biological Sciences Bronx Community College City University of New York


Ph.D. 2003, New York University M.A. 1996, New York University B.S. 1992, University of California Berkeley



Overview of Research

I am currently working with an international team to conduct paleontological research at early Pleistocene sites in the OlteŇ£ River Valley of Romania. The focus of our research is to better understand the environmental conditions of Europe during the early Pleistocene and whether they were conducive to human dispersals into the region at this time. This would help us better understand the first human dispersals out of Africa and why humans seemingly arrived in Europe so much later than in Asia. I am also working on projects related to generating and analyzing 3D virtual specimens of fossil and extant hominoid molars in order to better identify isolated molar specimens in the human and ape fossil record. I am continuing my dissertation research exploring changes in the 3D shape of the mandible through hominoid evolution and using the mandible to better understand human evolution. Finally, I am working on a number of projects exploring the evolution of giraffes and what giraffe dispersals can tell us, if anything, about how and when humans left Africa.


In press            Robinson, C. A. Biological foundations of human rights. In: (D. Shelton, Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law. Oxford University Press.

2012                Robinson, C. A. Analysis of three-dimensional mandibular shape in Pan. Journal of Human Evolution 63: 191-204.

2011                Robinson, C. A. Giraffidae. In: (T. Harrison, Ed.) Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context. Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna, pp. 339-362.

2011                Singleton, M., Rosenberger, A., Robinson, C. & O’Neill, R. Allometric and metameric shape variation in Pan mandibular molars: A digital morphometric analysis. The Anatomical Record 294: 322-334.

2010                Robinson, C. A. & Williams, F.W. Scaling effects on mental foramen position in extant hominoids and fossil hominins. The Anatomical Record 293: 1337-1349.

2006                Robinson, C. A. Intelligent design and other myths about evolution. National Association of Student Anthropologists Section News 47: 47.

2004                Robinson, C. A. Archeology. In: (D. Shelton, Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. Macmillan Reference USA; Farmington Hills, MI.