Columbia University

Core NYCEP faculty at Columbia University are based in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B), which emphasizes a multi-disciplinary perspective on the earth's declining biodiversity, integrating understanding from relevant fields in biology with insights from relevant fields in the social sciences. Doctoral students in the E3B Evolutionary Primatology track participate in the NYCEP program. Core faculty advise students and conduct research in primate behavior and ecology, primate population genetics, and conservation biology.

Core Faculty


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


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

Resource Faculty


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


Sidney Hemming

Associate Professor Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Columbia University

Research interests: geochronology, paleoclimate, isotope geochemistry


Don Melnick

Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Columbia University

Research interests: Population genetics, Molecular evolution, Conservation


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