James B. Rossie
Associate Professor; Acting Director MA Program
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.