Todd R. Disotell

Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D. 1992, M.A. 1987, Harvard, B.A. 1985, Cornell.

Office Address: Rufus D. Smith Hall 25 Waverly Place New York, NY 10003


Phone: 212-998-3811

Fax: 212-995-4014

Personal Website

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Research/Interest

Biological anthropology, primate evolution, molecular evolution, genomics, mitochondrial DNA, phylogenetic systematics, bioinformatics, conservation genetics, Darwinian medicine, human variation, cryptozoology, and the history of biological anthropology.

External Affiliations

Member - Center for the Study of Human Origins

Selected Publications

Pozzi L, Disotell TR, Masters JC. A multilocus phylogeny reveals deep lineages within African galagids
    (Primates: Galagidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:72, 2014.
Montague MJ, DIsotell TR, Di Fiore A. Population Genetics, Dispersal, and Kinship Among Wild Squirrel Monkeys
   (Saimiri sciureus macrodon): Preferential Association Between Closely Related Females and Its Implications for
    Insect Prey Capture Success. Int J Primatol 35:169-187, 2014.
Pozzi L, Hodgson JA, Burrell AS, Sterner KN, Raaum RL, Disotell TR. Primate phylogenetic relationships and
   divergence dates inferred from complete mitochondrial genomes. Mole Phylogenet Evol 75:165-183, 2014.
Bergey CM, Pozzi L, Disotell TR, Burrell AS. A New Method for Genome-wide Marker Development and Genotyping
    Holds Great Promise for Molecular Primatology. Int J Primatol 34:303-314, 2013.
Disotell TR. Human Biological Variation. Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd Edition.   New York, Macmillan
    Reference, 2013.
Disotell TR. Genetic Perspectives on Ape and Human Evolution. In Begun DR (ed) A Companion to
    Paleoanthropology, 1st Edition. Hoboken, Blackwell Publishing, 2013.
Disotell TR. Archaic human genomics. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Suppl 55:24-39, 2012.
Pozzi L, Hodgson JA, Burrell AS, Disotell TR. The stem catarrhine Saadanius does not inform the timing of the
    origin of crown catarrhines. Journal of Human Evolution 61:209-210, 2011.
Hodgson JA, Disotell TR. Anthropological Genetics: Inferring the History of Our Species Through the Analysis of
    DNA.' Evolution: Education and Outreach, 3:387-398, 2010.
Hodgson JA, Bergey CM, Disotell TR. Neanderthal genome: the ins and outs of African genetic diversity. Current
    Biology 20:R517-9, 2010.
Burrell AS, Disotell TR. Panmixia Postposted: ancestry-related assortative mating in contemporary human populations.
    Genome Biology 10:245, 2009.
Li J, Han K, Xing J, Kim H-S, Rogers J, Ryder OA, Disotell T, Yue B, Batzer MA. Phylogeny of the macaques
    (Cercopithecidae: Macaca) based on Alu elements. Gene 448:242-249, 2009.
Hodgson JA, Sterner KN, Matthews LJ, Burrell AS, Jani RA, Raaum RL, Stewart CB, Disotell TR. Successive radiations,
    not stasis, in the South American primate fauna. Proceedings of the National Acadamy of Sciences USA.
    106:5534-5539, 2009.
Burrell AS, Jolly CJ, Tosi AJ, Disotell TR. Mitochondrial evidence for the hybrid origin of the kipunji, Rungwecebus
    kipunji (Primates: Papionini). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51:340-348, 2009.

Current News/Projects
Updated June 2014

My research group has been very active in training students from both New York-area universities (Columbia, Stony Brook, Rutgers, and Princeton) as well as foreign institutions. We are also fully involved in the training and supervision of graduate students in our department's M.A. program in skeletal biology. While my research centers around the evolution of Old World monkeys and apes, I am involved in studies involving New World monkeys, lemurids and lorisids, human population history, ape and monkey conservation and behavioral genetics, forensic applications, cryptozoology, and molecular evolutionary studies of diseases such as AIDS and malaria.We have recently embarked on several new projects using Next Generation Sequencing technologies in a variety of applications. My appointment as an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Biology and its center for Genomics and Systems Biology helps facilitate this research.My past and future teaching involves courses in Emerging Diseases, Human Variation, Genes, Primate Molecular Evolution, Molecular Techniques, Phylogenetic Analysis, Genetics and Human Variation, Human Evolution, and Human Origins. I am developing an outline on a book on the evolution of health and disease.

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