Eric J. Sargis

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Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Archaeological Studies                          Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Professor of Yale School of the Environment
Yale University

Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Mammalogy)
Peabody Museum of Natural History

Director of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

Affiliate Research Associate of Mammalogy
University of Alaska Museum of the North

Research Associate
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution

Research Interests
My research interests include the functional morphology and systematics of mammals. I have studied the evolutionary morphology of several groups of extant and extinct mammals, such as primates and treeshrews (Scandentia). My previous research has focused on the origin and early evolution of primates, and I am currently collaborating on analyses of Paleocene euarchontan skeletons, including those of plesiadapiform primates. I also study Old World monkey diversity using integrative approaches that synthesize data from evolutionary morphology, genetics, behavioral ecology, vocalizations, and biogeography. My current collaborative study on this topic focuses on newly discovered guenon taxa from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and this project has significant conservation implications for these threatened primates. I also co-direct Yale Peabody Museum paleontological field expeditions to latest Cretaceous and earliest Paleocene localities in Montana. My co-directors and I are studying mammalian faunal turnover across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary and focusing on the earliest Paleocene from which the oldest primate fossils are known. I have also conducted fieldwork in Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Alaska, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Florida.
Ph.D. from the City University of New York (CUNY),

part of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP)
B.S. from Northern Illinois University (NIU)
Mailing Address
Department of Anthropology

Yale University P.O. Box 208277
New Haven, CT 06520-8277
Office Address
Room 208, 10 Sachem Street
Lab Address
Room 206, 10 Sachem Street
E-mail Address
Tel: (203) 432-6140
Fax: (203) 432-3669
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