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Ross D. E. MacPhee Research Group

Dr. MacPhee studies the historical biogeography of the West Indies, using a combined tectonic/paleontological approach. This program of research has been in operation for more than 20 years and has involved work on all major and many of the smaller islands in the West Indies. His research has focused on systematic and functional anatomical investigations of the groups concerned. Dr. MacPhee also studies recent mammalian extinctions (last 40,000 years). Loss of species during geologically recent times is a worldwide phenomenon that has been blamed either on direct impacts involving people, or less direct impacts caused by environmental change. His research aims to clarify the causal patterns behind these losses, most recently by studying population dynamics of fossil species using ancient DNA methods. 

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Recent Postdoctoral Associates 

  • Pere Bover (2006-2008)
  • Alex Greenwood (1999-2001) 
  • Manuel Iturralde-Vinent (1997-1998)

Current and Former Graduate Students

  • Siobhan Cooke, Doctoral Program in Anthropology, Graduate Center, City University of New York.
  • Rob Asher (PhD '00, Stony Brook University, Department of Anatomical Sciences)
  • Ines Horovitz (PhD  '97, Stony Brook University, Department of Anatomical Sciences)
  • Jennifer White (PhD '93, Stony Brook University, Department of Anatomical Sciences) 


  • Hendrik Poinar, Associate Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Pathology and Molecular Medicine, McMaster University, Canada.
  • Eske Willerslev, Centre for GeoGenetics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Lee Arnold, Luminescence Dating Laboratory, Geochronology Research Group, National Research Centre on Human Evolution (CENIEH), Spain.