Rutgers University : Center For Human Evolutionary Studies

Square chesOur mission at the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies is to promote and support innovative and broad ranging faculty and student research that is grounded in evolutionary theory and explores the past and present of what it means to be human. Your contribution will support research in paleoanthropology, archeology, non-human primate behavioral ecology, genetics, and modern behavior across the globe, from New Jersey to Kenya, from Iceland to Indonesia.

"It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing in the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us. From so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved."

-- Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

CHES Officers 2020-2021

Ryne Palombit, Director
Lee Cronk, Executive Board
Susan Cachel, Executive Board
Jinchuan Xing, Executive Board

New and Noteworthy

  • Stephanie Marciniak Lecture

    Today, Stephanie Marciniak, presented a fascinating lecture entitled "The Promises and Challenges of Primate Paleogenomics: Insights from the Nuclear Genome of a Large Extinct Lemur Megaladapis...
  • CHES Grad Affiliate Passes Dissertation Defense

    CHES Graduate Affiliate Elizabeth Ballare passed her doctoral dissertation defense today. Liz’s dissertation “Health Effects of Rehabilitation and Reintroduction on Bornean Orangutans (Pongo...
  • CHES Grad Affiliates Complete 2nd Year Colloquium

    Three CHES Graduate Affiliates in the Anthropology Department did their "Second Year Colloquium" presentations today. This Colloquium allows graduate students in their second year in the PhD program...
  • CHES Undergrad Alum, JP Calcitrai, Admitted to PhD Program!

    CHES Undergraduate Affiliate Alumnus, John, or as he's known among us here, JP Calcitrai (Rutgers Class of 2018) was just admitted to the PhD Program in Animal Behavior at the University of...