James B. RossieAssociate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University, 2003
Courses taught at Stony Brook include ANP321 Primate Evolution and ANP330 Human Evolution.
The overarching theme of my research is the evolutionary history of primates,
particularly hominoids. My current research includes investigation of the
development, homology, and phylogenetic significance of nasal and paranasal
anatomy among primates; description and phylogenetic analysis of fossil hominoids
and other catarrhines from East Africa; and development of methods for
reconstructing phylogenetic history which incorporate morphological and
paleobiogeographical data. My ongoing fieldwork (in collaboration with
Andrew Hill, Yale University) in the middle and late Miocene Ngorora Formation
of the Tugen Hills, Kenya, aims to improve our knowledge of hominoid evolution
during this critical but poorly sampled time period.