CHES member takes over field school operations

pwec rover_kenyaThe Primatology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation Field School, established by Jack Harris in 2007, is jointly operated by the National Museums of Kenya, the Kenya Wildlife Service, and Rutgers University. Professor Ryne Palombit has taken over as the new Director of the field school following up Dr. Harris's retirement. Undergraduate and graduate students from Rutgers, other U.S. schools, and from around the world participate each year, studying wildlife behavior and ecology across the length of Kenya, from the thorn-scrub woodland of the Laikipia plateau to the riverine forests of the Tana River.

Rutgers Evolutionary Anthropology named a top ranked program

Olduvai GorgeIn 2007, CHES faculty members in the Evolutionary Anthropology graduate program achieved a national ranking of seventh in Academic Analytic’s Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. This measure of faculty productivity is based on a comparison of the number of publications, citations of these publications, grants, and awards for faculty in anthropology doctoral programs at 375 U.S. institutions. Within Rutgers, CHES’s evolutionary anthropology faculty was one of only three social and behavioral science programs ranked in the top 10 of their discipline nationally.

Robert Trivers wins Crafoord Prize

trivers robert_500wRobert Trivers was awarded the 25th Crafoord Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The prize is the equivalent of a Nobel, awarded annually on a rotating basis to a scientist in one of four disciplines (Biosciences, Geosciences, Astronomy, and Mathematics). The prize honors Prof. Trivers’ seminal contributions over the last 40 years to the understanding of the evolution of complex social behaviors, including cooperation and conflict among kin and non-kin.

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