Field Sites

NYCEP faculty and students conduct paleontology and primatology research at field sites throughout the world.


Filoha, Ethiopia

Dr. Larissa Swedell coordinates the Filoha Hamadryas Project, based at the Filoha outpost in the far north of the Awash National Park in central Ethiopia. This project focuses on the behavioral biology and socioecology of wild hamadryas baboons. We are currently seeking students to join this project (click on Filoha for details).


Homa Peninsula, Kenya

Dr. Thomas Plummer is a co-director of the Homa Peninsula Paleoanthropological Project (HPPP), an interdisciplinary paleoanthropological project investigating archeological and paleontological occurrences on the Homa Peninsula, southwestern Kenya. Survey has documented sites ranging in age from the Holocene through the late Pliocene.


Kakamega Forest, Kenya

Dr. Marina Cords has directed the Kakamega Monkey Project in the Kakamega Forest of western Kenya since 1979. Research in the Kakamega Forest has combined behavioral fieldwork with genetic and endocrinological techniques, undertaken in the laboratory, to gain a deeper understanding of primate behavior.


Rusinga Island, Kenya

Dr. William Harcourt-Smith co-directs the Rusinga Paleoanthropology Project.


Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Dr. Larissa Swedell is a founding member of the Cape Peninsula Baboon Research Unit (BRU), a collection of scientists conducting research on the largely commensal population of baboons in the Cape Peninsula of South Africa. This research encompasses various aspects of baboon biology, including ecology, behavior, genetics and physiology.


Laetoli, Tanzania

Terry Harrison is co-director of an international multidisciplinary team investigating the geology and paleontology of the fossil hominin locality of Laetoli in northern Tanzania. The main hominin bearing sediments are Pliocene in age, dating from older than 4.2 million years to about 2.6 million years.


Kibale National Forest, Uganda

Dr. Jessica Rothman conducts research in the Kibale National Park in western Uganda.