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City University of New York Graduate School
Physical Anthropology Graduate Training
(Established 1970)
Educational Program
Web Site:

Director: for primatology matters, Professor Eric Delson (see below)
Phone: 1 (212) 817-8005   Fax: 1 (212) 817-1501   E-Mail:
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016 UNITED STATES
Department: Ph. D. Program in Anthropology (Physical Anthropology Subfield)
Institution: City University of New York Graduate School
Affiliations: American Museum of Natural History; New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology; Wildlife Conservation Society

Mission: Graduate (doctoral) study in biological anthropology, with a focus on evolutionary and ecological primatology, and on primate conservation. The program is a member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP).

Principal Research Programs: Primate (including human) comparative morphology, evolution, paleontology, paleoanthropology, systematics, development, behavior and conservation, population genetics; human skeletal biology, growth and adaptation; forensic anthropology.

Training Opportunities: The CUNY Anthropology Program follows a four-field approach to the teaching of Anthropology. The following description only relates to the subdiscipline of physical anthropology. Matriculated students are automatically members of NYCEP, an integrated and overarching training program which unites students and faculty of CUNY, Columbia University (CU), and New York University (NYU), in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Students in this program take courses at the three universities and AMNH, attend seminars that draw upon the staff of all five cooperating institutions, and have the opportunity to engage in original research in laboratories, museums, and in the field. Only the Ph. D. is offered, although "en route" M. A. and M. Phil. degrees can be obtained.

Financial Aid: CUNY offers a full financial aid programs with regular fellowships as well as special opportunities for minority students. Members of groups underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply. Appropriate undergraduate majors for applicants include biological anthropology and other life sciences. NYCEP provides funds for research and travel support and coordinates course programs and seminars. Applicants also send a one-page NYCEP tracking form to Dr. Delson; this is available from the NYCEP web site Applications can be obtained from the NYCEP or university web site or admissions office. Annual application deadline is January 8.

Number of Staff: 11

Associated Field Sites: Kibale National Park, Uganda and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda; Jessica Rothman; ecology and nutrition of Cercopithecidae and apes.

Filoha Hamadryas Project, Ethiopia; Larissa Swedell; based at the Filoha outpost of Awash National Park in Ethiopia and focused on the behavior, ecology, genetics, and endocrinology of hamadryas baboons. Affiliated with the Filoha Hamadryas Project is Save Awash National Park (, a not-for-profit conservation organization whose mission is to work with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Agency and local communities to protect the Awash ecosystem and wildlife through informed resource management and local community integration.

Kanjera, Kenya; Tom Plummer; paleoanthropology of Plio-Pleistocene early humans.

Rusinga Island, Kenya; Will Harcourt-Smith; paleontology of Miocene beds yielding Proconsul and other primates.

Comments: For more details, see the NYCEP program web site
Contact Professor Eric Delson

Last Updated: 2012-08-15

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