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 2019-2020

Ryne Palombit, Director
Dan Cabanes, Executive Board
Susan Cachel, Executive Board
Lee Cronk, Executive Board

New and Noteworthy

  • Carel van Schaik lecture

    Carel van Schaik (Director, Anthropological Institute, University of Z├╝rich) gave a lecture today on cognition in orangutans. He focused on how curiosity (or rather, a fascinating apparent deficit...
  • CHES Grad Affiliate Brittain Gets Grant

    CHES Graduate Affiliate Rebecca Brittain just received a grant from the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) Henry Luce Foundation. These funds will help to support the dissertation...
  • Third Lembersky Conference Success

    A highly successful Third Lembersky Conference ended today. Organized by Erin Vogel (CHES Faculty Member) and Jessica Rothman (Hunter College), the program in primate nutritional ecology,...
  • Third Lembersky Conference Begins Today

    The Third Lembersky Conference in Human Evolutionary Studies began today. Shown here is CHES Faculty member Dr. Erin Vogel, a co-organzer of the conference, Advances in Primate Nutritional Ecology,...