NYCEP Alumnus Profile

Joshua Linder

Associate Professor Department of Sociology and Anthropology James Madison University


B.A. 1996, Washington University, St. Louis M.A. 2001, Hunter College Ph.D. 2008, City University of New York




Overview of Research

I am a biological anthropologist who studies primate ecology and conservation.  My research examines the consequences of defaunation for plant and animal communities and explores how humans perceive and become motivated to protect their natural environment.

I am developing a long-term research site in Cameroon's Korup National Park (KNP), where I conducted my fieldwork for my Ph.D., to explore the interaction between humans and their environment.  KNP is a tropical rainforest protected area located in a region that has long been recognized for its exceptionally high levels of plant and animal (especially primate) species richness and endemism and is home to some of Africa's most endangered primates.


Linder, J.M. 2009. Review of Monkeys of the Taï Forest: An African Primate Community. Edited by McGraw, Zuberbühler, and Noë. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 140:595-596.

Oates, J.F.,  Bergl, R.A., and Linder, J.M.  2004.  Biodiversity and Conservation in the Gulf of Guinea.  Advances in Applied Biodiversity Science, no. 6.  Conservation International Center for Applied Biodiversity Science Press, Washington, D.C.

Oates, J.F., McFarland, K.L., Groves, J., Bergl, R.A., Linder, J.M. and Disotell, T.R.  2003.  The Cross River gorilla: a neglected and critically endangered subspecies.  In Gorilla Biology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective.  Taylor, A. & Goldsmith, M. (eds).  Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.