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Stephen Chester

Assistant Professor
Anthropology and Archaeology

Location: 3301E James Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2685
Fax: 718.951.3169

Stephen Chester is a paleontologist who studies the evolution of primates and other mammals. Chester is particularly interested in the origin and early evolutionary history of primates, and his research focuses on the anatomy of fossil primate skeletons from 65 to 55 million years ago. He has mainly conducted fieldwork in western North America and continues to co-lead expeditions to Montana and North Dakota, and deposit fossil specimens in natural history museum collections. He also continues collaborative research on how mammals respond to climate change by studying fossil mammals that lived during a global warming event 56 million years ago. His research has been funded by sources such as the National Science Foundation and Leakey Foundation, and has been covered by news sources such as National Geographic, Discover magazine and The New York Times. Chester is also a faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center and New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology.

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