Core Faculty


Sergio Almécija

Senior Research Scientist, Division of Anthropology

American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: ape evolution, human evolution, morphometrics, evolutionary biology


Susan Antón

Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Human evolution


Andrea Baden

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: molecular ecology, conservation genetics, social behavior, lemurs, Madagascar


Shara Bailey

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Paleoanthropology, Modern human origins, Dental anthropology


Stephen Chester

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: evolutionary morphology; primate origins; mammalian evolution and response to climate change


Shahrina Chowdhury

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: primate behavior and ecology


Marina Cords

Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology & Anthropology

Columbia University

Research interests: social behavior, behavioral ecology, primatology, cercopithecines, African forests


Victoria Dominguez

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Lehman College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Skeletal Biology, Bone Histology and Microarchitecture, Bone Quality, Biomechanics, and Forensic Anthropology


John Flynn

Frick Curator, Fossil Mammals

American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: Evolution of mammals and Mesozoic vertebrates, Geological dating, Plate tectonics, Biogeography


Christopher Gilbert

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Primate paleontology, Geometric morphometrics, Ecomorphology, Systematics, Phylogenetics


Ashley Hammond

Assistant Curator of Biological Anthropology, Division of Anthropology

American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: Paleoanthropology, Human Evolution, Functional Morphology, East Africa, primate locomotion


William Harcourt-Smith

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Lehman College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Paleoanthropology, Human Evolution, Hominin postcranial morphology, Functional Anatomy, Primate locomotion, Hominoid paleoecology, Geometric morphometrics, Skeletal variation


James Higham

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Sexual selection, reproduction and life history, communication and sensory ecology, and cognition and the brain


Radu Iovita

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University

Leader, ERC Group "PALAEOSILKROAD", University of Tübingen

Research interests: Paleolithic archaeology; Central Asia; Archaeological survey methods; Lithics; use-wear analysis; controlled experiments; Geometric Morphometrics


Jeffrey Laitman

Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Research interests: Comparative anatomy, development and evolution of the mammalian aerodigestive tract (upper respiratory, upper digestive, vocal) and contiguous areas of the cranial base.


Stephanie Levy

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Energetics, developmental origins of health and disease, life history theory, climate change, cardio-metabolic health, brown adipose tissue


Felicia Madimenos

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: female reproductive ecology, energetics, life history theory, skeletal health , modern human biology, market integration and health


Colleen McCann

Curator, Department of Mammals

Wildlife Conservation Society

Research interests: Primate socioendocrinology; Primate behavior, reproduction and evolutionary history; Conservation biology


Justin Pargeter

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Pleistocene archaeology, hominin bio-cultural evolution, stone tool technology, experimental archaeology, field archaeology, sub-Saharan Africa, science communication, public engagement


Kate Pechenkina

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Paleopathology, human diet and health in early China, stable isotopes, oral health


Thomas Plummer

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Pliocene and Pleistocene hominin behavior and paleoecology, the adaptive significance of Early Stone Age lithic technology, hominin and mammalian paleontology, ecomorphology, human osteology


Ryan Raaum

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Lehman College & CUNY Graduate Center

Research interests: Population genetics, Bioinformatics, Human evolution, Statistical genetics


Christopher Robinson

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Bronx Community College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Plio-Pleistocene hominin evolution, 3D cranial morphometrics of fossil hominins and extant hominoids, giraffid evolution


Jessica Rothman

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Primate ecology and behavior, nutrition, evolutionary ecology, Old World Monkeys, Apes, Africa


Michael Steiper

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Genetics, DNA, Phylogenetics, Population genetics, Primates, Hominoids, Malaria, Molecular clocks


Larissa Swedell

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Queens College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: social behavior, behavioral ecology, reproductive strategies, evolution of social organization, human social evolution, conservation, baboons


Scott Williams

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Functional morphology, Postcranial skeleton, Vertebral column, Morphological integration, Hominin evolution, Mammalian phylogeny, Life history, Longevity.

Resource Faculty and Postdocs


George Amato

Director Emeritus, Institute for Comparative Genomics

American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: Conservation Genomics, Phylogenomics, Wildlife Trade and Forensics


Mary Blair

Director, Biodiversity Informatics Research, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: Conservation biology and genetics; evolutionary ecology; ecological niche modeling; molecular phylogenetics; landscape genetics and ecology; biogeography


Tim Bromage

Professor, Division of Biomaterials

New York University College of Dentistry

Research interests: Hard tissue biology, organismal life history, chronobiology, human evolution, metabolic ecology


Zachary Calamari

Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Sciences

CUNY Baruch College

Research interests: Ontogeny of shape, evolution of disparity, geometric morphometrics, transcriptomics


Joe Califf

Clinical Associate Professor, Expository Writing Program

New York University

Research interests: Behavior; socioendocrinology; cognitive evolution; human evolution; science education and pedagogy


Eric Delson

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology

Lehman College & CUNY Graduate Center

Research interests: Paleoanthropology, Primate Paleontology, Primatology, Evolutionary Biology


Frances Forrest

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Fairfield University

Research interests: Taphonomy, Zooarchaeology, Paleoecology, Ecomorphology, Dental microwear, Early Stone Age, Hominin dietary variation


Lauren Halenar-Price

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Farmingdale State College, SUNY

Research interests: Platyrrhine paleontology and biogeography, evolutionary history of atelid primates, howler monkey cranial morphology, geometric morphometrics


Terry Harrison

Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Fossil catarrhine primates, Early hominins, Comparative morphology, Functional anatomy, Neogene faunas from Africa and Eurasia, Paleoecology


Evon Hekkala

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Fordham University

Research interests: museum genomics, aDNA, crocodile phylogeny and biogeography, anthropogenic impacts


David Lahti

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Research interests: Vocal learning, relaxed selection and trait loss, brood parasitism and coevolution, bird egg color, cultural evolution, human social evolution, ethics and philosophy of biology


Ingrid Lundeen

Doctoral Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College

Research interests: Primate and Euarchontogliran evolution, Sensory anatomy and evolution, Paleobiogeography, Paleogene mammalian diversity


Samuel Marquez

Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Otolaryngology

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Research interests: comparative anatomy, human and primate evolution


Alejandra Ortiz

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: Hominin evolution, human skeletal biology, dental anthropology, comparative morphology, dispersal and cultural adaptations of modern humans


Herman Pontzer

Professor, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

Duke University

Research interests: human biology, evolutionary physiology, energetics and metabolism


Kelsey Pugh

Doctoral Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Brooklyn College

Research Associate, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: hominoid evolution, phylogenetics, morphometrics


Joy Reidenberg

Professor, Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology

and Department of Medical Education, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Research interests: comparative anatomy, development, and evolution of the mammalian upper respiratory tract


F. James Rohlf

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Research Professor, Department of Anthropology

Research interests: multivariate statistics, geometric morphometrics, numerical taxonomy


Milena Shattuck

Doctoral Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College

Research interests: primate evolution, molecular evolution, behavioral genetics and endocrinology, sexual selection, life history


Brian Shearer

Instructor, Department of Cell Biology

NYU Langone Medical Center

Research interests: geometric morphometrics, hominin evolution


Christopher Smith

Postdoc, Anthropology Division

American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: paleoanthropology, craniofacial morphology, evolution of the hominin cranial base and inner ear, scientific visualization


Katherine St. John

Professor, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Hunter College & CUNY Graduate Center

Research interests: Phylogenetics, Analysis and Visualization of Trees, Random Structures and Algorithms


Cassandra Turcotte

Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Anthropology

New York University

Research interests: comparative and functional anatomy, musculoskeletal biology, digital imaging and microscopy, 3D modeling, muscle-bone attachment regions


Darice Westphal

Doctoral Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College, City University of New York

Research interests: deforestation, remote sensing, ddRADseq


Deming Yang

Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Anthropology and RGGS

American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: paleoanthropology, dental microstructure, stable isotope ecology, paleoclimatology, Bayesian statistics, computer simulations


Julia Zichello

Doctoral Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

Hunter College

Research interests: Primate population genetics, cranial evolution, the role of genetic drift in shaping morphological diversity, Hylobatid evolutionary history