Core Faculty


Susan Antón

Professor Department of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Human evolution


Andrea Baden

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology Hunter College City University of New York *recent hire; formal appointment to CUNY Graduate Center faculty is pending

Research interests: molecular ecology, primate life history, social and reproductive strategies, lemurs, Madagascar


Shara Bailey

Associate Professor Department of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Paleoanthropology, Modern human origins, Dental anthropology


Stephen Chester

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Brooklyn College City University of New York *recent hire; formal appointment to CUNY Graduate Center faculty is pending

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


Marina Cords

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

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


Eric Delson

Professor Department of Anthropology Lehman College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


Todd Disotell

Professor Department of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Primate evolution, Molecular evolution, Molecular systematics, Phylogenetic analysis, Population genetics, Phylogeography, Computer modeling, Human evolution, Human variation


John Flynn

Frick Curator Fossil Mammals American Museum of Natural History Dean Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History

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


Christopher Gilbert

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology Hunter College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


William Harcourt-Smith

Assistant 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


Terry Harrison

Professor and Chair Department of Anthropology New York University

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


James Higham

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Primate socio-ecology; life-history; sexual and social strategies and conflict; behavioral endocrinology; animal communication; conservation of biological diversity.


Ralph Holloway

Professor Department of Anthropology Columbia University

Research interests: Evolution of the brain and behavior, comparative primate psychology and aggression, ethology, evolutionary biology, paleoneurology, hominid paleontology, neural biological variability, sexual dimorphism, and allometry


Jeffrey Laitman

Distinguished Professor Professor and Director, Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology Professor of Medical Education Professor of Otolaryngology Mount Sinai School of Medicine Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


Felicia Madimenos

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology Queens College City University of New York *recent hire; formal appointment to CUNY Graduate Center faculty is pending

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 Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


Don Melnick

Professor Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Columbia University

Research interests: Population genetics, Molecular evolution, Conservation


Ekaterina Pechenkina

Professor Department of Anthropology Queens College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: Biological anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Disease in prehistory, Bone pathology, Neolithic China, Prehistoric Peru


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


Herman Pontzer

Associate Professor Department of Anthropology Hunter College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: Human Evolution, Locomotor Biomechanics, Energetics, Experimental Biology, Primate Ecomorphology, Dmanisi


Ryan Raaum

Assistant Professor Department of Anthropology Lehman College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


Brian Richmond

Curator of Human Origins Division of Anthropology American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: human evolution, functional anatomy


Alfred Rosenberger

Professor Department of Anthropology and Archaeology Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: Primate evolution, Primate origins, Neotropical primates


Jessica Rothman

Assistant 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


Vincent Stefan

Professor Department of Anthropology Lehman College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: Forensic anthropology, Human evolution, Human osteology, Paleoanthropology, Quantitative methods, Polynesian / Easter Island skeletal biology, Oceania


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

Assistant 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


Gail Ashley

Professor Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences Rutgers University

Research interests: sedimentology, paleoenvironments, geoarcheology, East Africa, wetlands, springs


Elizabeth Bennett

Vice President for Species Conservation Wildlife Conservation Society

Research interests: primate conservation, South East Asia, effects of hunting and logging on wildlife


Mary Blair

Assistant Director for Research Center for Biodiversity and Conservation American Museum of Natural History Affiliated Professor Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History

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


Walter Bock

Professor of Evolutionary Biology Department of Biological Sciences Columbia University

Research interests: Functional and evolutionary morphology of the avian feeding apparatus; Mechanical properties of vertebrate skeletal muscles; Analyses of the classification and evolutionary history of birds; Theoretical analyses of comparative biology, higher level systematics, biological adaptation, and major evolutionary change; Biomechanical analysis of complex muscle-bone systems


Tim Bromage

Professor Department of Biomaterials New York University College of Dentistry Honorary Research Fellow Department of Paleoanthropology Senckenberg Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany Adjunct Professor of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


Peter DeMenocal

Professor Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Columbia University

Research interests: African climate change and early human evolution, deep-sea sediment cores, tephrostratigraphy, oxygen isotope composition of planktonic foraminifera


Rob DeSalle

Curator of Entomology Division of Invertebrate Zoology Principal Investigator Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics Professor Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: molecular systematics, molecular evolution, population and conservation genetics, and evolutionary genomics


Roberto Delgado

AAAS Fellow Directorate for Geosciences Division of Polar Programs National Science Foundation

Research interests: animal behavior, communication, evolutionary ecology, response of non-human primates to anthropogenic threats and climate change, orangutans, South East Asia


Patrick Gannon

Chair Department of Science Education Hofstra University North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine

Research interests: otolaryngology, evolution of the primate brain and the origins and neurobiology of language


Gregg Gunnell

Director Division of Fossil Primates Duke University Lemur Center

Research interests: vertebrate paleontology and evolutionary biology (particularly primates and chiroptera), systematics, three-dimensional geometric morphometrics


Katerina Harvati

Director, Paleoanthropology University of Tubingen

Research interests: hominin evolution, Neanderthals, cranial morphology, geometric morphometrics


Sidney Hemming

Associate Professor Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Columbia University

Research interests: geochronology, paleoclimate, isotope geochemistry


Michael Hickerson

Assistant Professor Department of Biology City College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: Comparative Phylogeography, Approximate Bayesian Computation, Population Genetics


Patrick Hof

Regenstreif Professor and Vice-Chair Department of Neuroscience Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Research interests: Brain evolution, marine mammals, neocortex, neuromorphometry, neuropathology


Clifford Jolly

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Physical anthropology; primatology; serology; population genetics and speciation; East Africa and Asia.


Rodrigo Lacruz

Assistant Professor Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology Department NYU College of Dentistry

Research interests: enamel development of early hominins, histology, molecular biology/physiology


Ross MacPhee

Curator & Professor Mammalogy/Vertebrate Zoology Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History Adjunct Professor of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: paleobiogeography, extinction, and cranial developmental morphology


Jin Meng

Curator-in-Charge of Fossil Mammals Division of Paleontology Professor Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: morphology, systematics, and evolution of early mammals in Asia, dental morphology, inner ear morphology, biochronology


Xijun Ni

Research Associate Division of Vertebrate Paleontology American Museum of Natural History Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York Deputy Director Deparment of Paleomammalogy, Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research interests: vertebrate paleontology, evolutionary history of early mammals and early primates


Michael Novacek

Senior Vice President and Provost of Science Curator, Division of Paleontology Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: mammalian evolution, vertebrate paleontology in Mongolia


Joy Reidenberg

Professor Center for Anatomy and Functional Morphology and Department of Medical Education Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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John G. Robinson

Chief Conservation Officer Executive Vice President, Conservation and Science Wildlife Conservation Society Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: conservation biology; tropical forest conservation; ethnozoology, primate sociobiology and ecology; evolutionary biology; wildlife hunting and trading


Robert Rockwell

Research Associate Ornithology Department American Museum of Natural History Professor Department of Biology City College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: migratory waterfowl, ecology, statistics


F. James Rohlf

Distinguished Professor, emeritus Department of Ecology and Evolution State University of New York at Stony Brook Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: multivariate statistics, geometric morphometrics, numerical taxonomy


Eric Sanderson

Senior Conservation Ecologist Wildlife Conservation Society

Research interests: wildlife conservation biology; human impact on ecology and the environment; The Mannahatta Project


Mitchell Schaffler

CUNY and Wallace Coulter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chair Department of Biomedical Engineering City College of New York City University of New York

Research interests: Bone biomechanics, tendon biomechanics, Skeletal fragility and aging, Bone physiology, Osteocyte function, Osteoporosis, Quantitative methods in analysis of skeletal structure


Katherine St. John

Professor Department of Mathematics & Computer Science Lehman College and the Graduate Center City University of New York Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

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


Eleanor Sterling

Professor Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Columbia University Chief Conservation Scientist Center for Biodiversity Conservation American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: Conservation Biology, Mammals


Ian Tattersall

Curator Emeritus Division of Anthropology American Museum of Natural History Professor Emeritus Richard Gilder Graduate School, AMNH Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: Human and nonhuman primate evolution; origin of Homo sapiens; integration of evolutionary and systematic theory with the human fossil record; systematics, behavior, and ecology of the strepsirhine primates


John Van Couvering

Editor in Chief Micropaleontology Press Adjunct Professor Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: Principles and practices in stratigraphic geology; age and environments of Cenozoic mammal faunas of Africa and southern Eurasia; the Neogene time scale and chronostratigraphic boundaries


John Wahlert

Professor and Chair Department of Natural Sciences Baruch College City University of New York Professor Department of Biology/EEB The Graduate Center City University of New York Research Associate Vertebrate Zoology, Mammalogy American Museum of Natural History

Research interests: vertebrate paleontology; cranial morphology of rodents


Ward Wheeler

Curator Division of Invertebrate Zoology, Computational Sciences Principal Investigator Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics Professor Richard Gilder Graduate School American Museum of Natural History Adjunct Professor Department of Biology The Graduate Center City University of New York

Research interests: systematics, comparative biology, computational biology, phylogenetics, evolutionary history of metazoa


Randall White

Professor Department of Anthropology New York University

Research interests: Paleolithic Europe; prehistoric art; archaeological approaches to the technologies of ancient hunter-gatherers; France


Julia Zichello

Manager Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins American Museum of Natural History

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