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Christopher C. Gilbert

Assistant Professor

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

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

Overview of Research
My dissertation research focused on African papionin phylogeny and biogeography during the Plio-Pleistocene and its relationship to hominin biogeography during this time period.· More broadly, I am interested in primate evolution during the past 65 million years with research projects spanning from the Eocene to the present. ·Over the past few years, I have been conducting paleontological fieldwork in the Neogene deposits of the Siwalik Hills, India, along with my colleagues Biren Patel (University of Southern California) and Rajeev Patnaik (Panjab University). ·Future paleontological expeditions in the Neogene of Southern Africa are also being planned. 

Current Research Interests
-Neogene primate evolution and biogeography in Africa and Asia
-Evolutionary history and phylogenetic systematics of the cercopithecoids, biogeography of Plio-Pleistocene cercopithecoids and its relationship to hominin biogeography
-3-D geometric morphometrics in the analysis of primate cranial diversity
-Congruence of molecules and morphology in phylogenetic analysis, character coding methodology in cladistics, comparison of cladistic and morphometric methods in phylogenetic analysis
-Ecomorphology, diversity, and biogeography of Eocene euprimates
-Eocene-Oligocene primate ecomorphology, diversity, biogeography, and evolution

Publications:

Edited Books
Fleagle JG and Gilbert CC, eds.  (2008). Elwyn Simons: A Search for Origins. New York: Springer.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC, Burrell AS, Fuller JL, Emetshu M, Hart TB, Vosper A, Sargis EJ, Tosi AJ. (2012).  Lesula: A New Species of Cercopithecus Monkey Endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Implications for Conservation of Congo's Central Basin. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44271. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044271
  • Maiolino S, Boyer DM, Bloch JI, Gilbert CC, and Groenke J.  (2012).  Evidence for a Grooming Claw in a North American Adapiform Primate: Implications for Anthropoid Origins.  PLoS ONE 7(1): e29135. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029135
  • Gilbert CC, Goble ED, Kingston JD, and Hill A.  (2011).  Partial Skeleton of Theropithecus brumpti (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from the Chemeron Formation of the Tugen Hills, Kenya.  Journal of Human Evolution 61: 347-362.
  • Gilbert CC, Stanley WT, Olson LE, Davenport TRB, and Sargis EJ.  (2011).  Morphological systematics of the kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji) and the ontogenetic development of phylogenetically informative characters in the Papionini.  Journal of Human Evolution 60: 731-745.
  • Gilbert CC.  (2011).  Phylogenetic analysis of the African papionin basicranium using 3-D geometric morphometrics: the need for improved methods to account for allometric effects.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144: 60-71.
  • Gilbert CC, Goble ED, and Hill A.  (2010).  Miocene Cercopithecoidea from the Tugen Hills, Kenya.  Journal of Human Evolution 59: 465-483.
  • Fleagle JG, Gilbert CC, and Baden AL.  (2010).  Primate cranial diversity.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142: 565-578.
  • Gilbert CC and Grine FE.  (2010).  Morphometric variation in the papionin muzzle and the biochronology of the South African Plio-Pleistocene karst cave deposits.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141: 418-429.
  • Gilbert CC, Frost SR, and Strait DS.  (2009).  Allometry, sexual dimorphism, and phylogeny: a cladistic analysis of extant African papionins using craniodental data.  Journal of Human Evolution 57: 298-320.
  • Gilbert CC, McGraw WS, and Delson E.  (2009).  Plio-Pleistocene eagle predation on fossil cercopithecids from the Humpata Plateau, southern Angola.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139: 421-429. 
  • Gilbert CC.  (2007).  Identification and description of the first Theropithecus (Primates: Cercopithecidae) material from Bolt's Farm, South Africa.  Annals of the Transvaal Museum 44: 1-10. 
  • Olejniczak AJ, Gilbert CC, Martin LB, Smith TM, Ulhaas L, and Grine, F.  (2007).  Maxillary molar enamel-dentine junction morphology in anthropoid primates.  Journal of Human Evolution 53: 292-301. 
  • Gilbert CC and Rossie JB.  (2007).  Congruence of molecules and morphology using a narrow allometric approach.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104: 11910-11914.
  • Gilbert CC.  (2007).  Craniomandibular morphology supporting the diphyletic origin of mangabeys and a new genus of the Cercocebus/Mandrillus clade, ProcercocebusJournal of Human Evolution 53: 69-102. 
  • Patel BA, Gilbert CC, and Ericson KE.  (2007).  Cercopithecoid cervical vertebral morphology and implications for the presence of Theropithecus in early Pleistocene Europe.  Journal of Human Evolution 52: 113-129. 
  • Gilbert CC.  (2005).  Dietary ecospace and the diversity of euprimates during the Early and Middle Eocene.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 126: 237-249.
  • Pochron ST, Fitzgerald J, Gilbert CC, Lawrence D, Grgas M, Rakotonirina G, Ratsimbazafy R, Rakotosoa R, and Wright PC.  (2003).  Patterns of female dominance in Propithecus diadema edwardsi of Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.  American Journal of Primatology 61: 173-185.      

Edited Book Chapters

  • Fleagle JG and Gilbert CC.  (2011).  Introduction to All the World's Primates: Primate Evolution.  In: All the World's Primates, Noel Rowe, Marc Myers, eds.  Primate Conservation Inc., Charlestown RI.   www.alltheworldsprimates.org.
  • Baden AL and Gilbert CC.  (2011).  Entry for Propithecus coquereli.  In: All the World's Primates, Noel Rowe, Marc Myers, eds.  Primate Conservation Inc., Charlestown RI.  www.alltheworldsprimates.org.
  • Fleagle JG, Royer DF, and Gilbert CC.  (2011).  Entry for Homo sapiens.  In: All the World's Primates, Noel Rowe, Marc Myers, eds.  Primate Conservation Inc., Charlestown RI.   www.alltheworldsprimates.org.
  • Jernvall J, Gilbert CC, and Wright, PC.  (2008).  Peculiar teeth homologies of the greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur = Hapalemur simus): when is a paracone not a paracone?  In: Elwyn Simons: A Search for Origins, Fleagle JG and Gilbert CC, eds.  New York: Springer.  pp. 335-342.
  • Simons EL, Chatrath P, Gilbert CC, and Fleagle JG.  (2008).  Five Decades in the Fayum.  In: Elwyn Simons: A Search for Origins, Fleagle JG and Gilbert CC, eds.  New York: Springer.  pp. 51-70.
  • Fleagle JG and Gilbert CC.  (2006).  Biogeography and the primate fossil record: the role of tectonics, climate, and chance.  In: Primate Biogeography, Lehman S and Fleagle JG, eds.  New York: Springer.  pp. 375-418.