Chris Gilbert

Associate Professor

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Education
A.B. 2000, Duke University 
M.A. 2005, Stony Brook University 
Ph.D. 2008, Stony Brook University

Julia Arenson

Graduate Student

Education

B.S., 2015, University of Oregon

PhD student 2016-present, The Graduate Center, CUNY; NYCEP

 

Research Statement

I am a PhD student at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP).  I am generally interested in the evolution and phylogeography of Old World monkeys, and I'm currently working on a project with Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Eric Sargis at Yale University looking at the functional morphology of the lesula and the evolution of locomotor behavior throughout the guenon radiation more broadly.

 

Selected Publications and Abstracts

  • Arenson JL, Sargis EJ, Hart JA, Hart TB, Detwiler KM, and Gilbert CC.  (in revision).  Skeletal morphology of the lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis) and the evolution of guenon locomotor behavior.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

  • Gilbert CC, Sargis EJ, Gilissen E, *Arenson JL, Patel BA, Nakatsukasa M, Detwiler KM, Hart TB, and Hart JA.  2019.  Resolving the taxonomic status of Cercopithecus dryas Schwarz 1932 and C. salongo Thys van den Audenaerde 1977.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 68, 85-86.

  • Arenson J, Gilbert CC, Sargis EJ, Detwiler KM, Hart TB, and Hart JA.  2018.  Skeletal morphology of the lesula (Cercopithecus lomamiensis) suggests multiple transitions to terrestriality in the guenon radiation.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 66, 12.

  • Thompson B, Arenson JL, Biernat M, Barr W, Reeves J, Braun DR, Hammond A. 2017. A preliminary study of primate abundance in East Turkana collection areas relative to outcrop size (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162(S64):380.

  • Arenson JL, Anderson M, White FJ, Frost SR. 2016. Morphological assessment of a putative hybrid species, Trachypithecus pileatus, based on a 3D geometric morphometric analysis of cranial morphology (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159(S62):82.

  • Arenson JL, Anderson M, Eller A, Simons E, White FJ, Frost SR. 2015. Bergmann’s rule in skull size of wild vs. captive fascicularis group macaques (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156(S60):71.

  • Clarke KS, McNulty KP, Eller AR, Arenson JL, Anderson M, Simons E, White FJ, Frost SR. 2015. Morphological signals of stress and socioendocrinology: Comparing measures of cranial fluctuating asymmetry and second to fourth digit ratio in catarrhine primates (abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156(S60):106.

Graduate Student

Kelsey Pugh

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Education

B.Sc. 2011, University of Calgary

M.Phil. 2016, The Graduate Center, CUNY; NYCEP

Ph.D. Candidate 2012-present, The Graduate Center, CUNY; NYCEP
 

Research Statement

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). My dissertation research focuses on the phylogeny of the great apes and the earliest hominins. While there are very few species of great apes living today, in the past they formed a large and diverse radiation, and their fossils can be found across Europe, Asia, and Africa. A better understanding of the hominid (great apes and humans) family tree will help to clarify the evolution of characteristic ape traits, the dispersal patterns of fossil and living apes across Eurasia and Africa, and aspects of human origins. This projected is funded by the National Science Foundation, The Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, Sigma-Xi, and a CUNY Doctoral Research Grant, and has benefitted from the help of several dedicated Hunter College undergraduate students.

 

Selected Publications and Abstracts

  • Gilbert CC, Pugh KD, and Fleagle JG.  (in press).  Dispersal of Miocene hominoids (and pliopithecoids) from Africa to Eurasia in light of changing tectonics and climate.  In: Prasad GVR, Patnaik R (Eds.), Biological consequences of break-up, isolation and drifting apart of former Gondwanaland continents. Cham: Springer.

  • Gilbert CC, Sehgal, RK, Pugh KD, Campisano CJ, Singh, NP, *May E, Patel BA, Patnaik R.  2019.  New Sivapithecus specimen from Ramnagar (J & K), India and a taxonomic revision of Ramnagar hominoids.  Journal of Human Evolution 135: 102665. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2019.102665)

  • Pugh, K.D. & Gilbert, C.C. 2018. Phylogenetic relationships of living and fossil African papionins: combined evidence from morphology and molecules. Journal of Human Evolution 123, 35-51.

  • Gilbert, C.C., Frost, S.R., Pugh, K.D., Anderson, M., & Delson, E. 2018. Evolution of the modern baboon (Papio hamadryas): A reassessment of the African Plio-Pleistocene record. Journal of Human Evolution 122, 38-69.

  • Pugh KD, Gilbert CC, Patel BA, Campisano CJ, Singleton M, Singh NP, Fleagle JG, and Patnaik R.  2018.  A small-bodied catarrhine from the Miocene of India: additional evidence of an undersampled radiation.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology Suppl. 66, 216.

  • Nengo, I., Tafforeau, P., Gilbert, C. C., Fleagle, J. G., Miller, E.R., Feibel, C., Fox, D., Feinberg, J., Pugh, K.D., Berruyer, C., Mana, S., Engle, Z., & Spoor, F. 2017. New infant cranium from the African Miocene sheds light on ape evolution. Nature, 548, 169–174.

  • Gilbert, C.C., Pugh, K.D., Patel, B.A., Campisano, C.J., Singh, N.P., Fleagle, J.G. & Patnaik, R. 2017. New small-bodied hominoid from Lower Siwalik deposits surrounding Ramnagar (Jammu and Kashmir), India (Abstract). Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

  • Gilbert, C.C., Patel, B.A., Singh, N.P., Campisano, C.J., Fleagle, J.G., Rust, K.L., Pugh, K.D., & Patnaik, R. 2017. New Fossil Primates from the Lower Siwaliks of India (Abstract). American Association of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 63, 125.

  • Pugh, K.D. 2016. Phylogenetic analysis of extant hominoid postcranial characters recovers molecular clades (Abstract). American Association of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 62, 258.

  • Steiper, M.E., Guevara, E.E. & Pugh, K.D. 2016. The application of gene tree-based phylogenetic methods to primate morphological data sets (Abstract). American Association of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 62, 302.

  • Frost, S., Gilbert, C.C., Pugh, K.D., Guthrie, E.H. & Delson, E. 3015. Cercopithecoides williamsi shows the earliest fossil evidence for pollical reduction in a fossil colobines. PLoS one, e0125030.

  • Pugh, K.D. & Gilbert, C.C. 2015. Phylogenetic relationships of living and fossil African papionins: combined evidence from morphology and molecules (Abstract). American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supplement 60, 258.

  • Gilbert, C.C., Patel, B.A., Friedman, A.C., Pugh, K.D., Fleagle, J.G. & Patnaik, R. 2014. New Lower Siwalik localities near Ramnagar, India: implications for the earliest Asian great apes and other mammalian lineages. Special Publication of the Palaeontological Society of India, 5:353-365.

  • Pugh, K.D. 2014. Correlating form and function in the tali of catarrhine primates (Abstract). American Journal Physical Anthropology. Supplement 58, 212.

Christopher C. Gilbert

cgilbert@hunter.cuny.edu

Tel: (212) 396-6578
Fax: (212) 772-5423
Room: HN 725 

Department of Anthropology

Hunter College