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University of Southern California
Integrative and Evolutionary Biology
(Established 2003)
Educational Program
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Director: Jill McNitt-Gray
Phone: 213-740-7902   Fax: 213-740-1380   E-Mail:
Los Angeles, California 90089-0371 UNITED STATES
Department: Biological Sciences
Institution: University of Southern California
Affiliations: Anthropology, Biology, Gerontology, Kinesiology

Mission: The Biological Anthropology Ph.D. program at the University of Southern California is run from the Ph.D. program in Integrative and Evolutionary Biology. This program has a focus on human origins, primate behavior, and the evolution of the human lifespan. It includes faculty drawn from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Biological Anthropology, Kinesiology, and the Andrus School of Gerontology. We especially seek outstanding applicants whose interests include primate behavior and ecology or paleoanthropology. Admission is competitive; we look for students with prior field research experience and/or Masters level work in a related field.

Training Opportunities: Graduate / Ph.D. level

Financial Aid: A limited number of fellowships and top-offs are awarded to incoming PhD students. These fellowships will be awarded competitively based on the applicantâs credentials (GREs, GPA, etc.). Applicants who are admitted but not offered fellowships are funded through teaching assistantships.

Number of Staff: 18

Associated Field Sites: Craig Stanford ( conducts field research on the behavioral ecology of African apes; Roberto Delgado ( studies vocal communication, behavioral flexibility, and geographic variation among orangutans in Indonesia and red colobus monkeys in Tanzania; Nayuta Yamashita ( conducts research on the ecology and functional morphology of Malagasy lemurs.

Last Updated: 2009-10-29

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