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 & 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


Christopher J Lepre

Research Staff

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth Institute of Columbia University

Research interests: Geological context of human evolution; Geoarchaeology; Stratigraphy & sedimentology; Paleomagnetism; Quaternary climate and environments; East African rift valley


Eleanor Sterling

Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Columbia University

Research interests: Conservation Biology, Mammals


Kevin Uno

Lamont Assistant Research Professor, Division of Biology and Paleo Environment

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Research interests: Paleoecology, stable isotopes, molecular biomarkers