Curriculum Vita

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  • 2017 PhD, Biological Anthropology, New York University
  • 2011 MS, Physical Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
    Thesis: The development of overbite in modern humans
  • 2011 BA (summa cum laude), Physical Anthropology, minor in Biology, University of Pennsylvania
    Honors thesis: The relationship of the proximal femur to femoral length in children


  • Present-2018 Assistant Professor of Anatomy, School of Chiropractic, Universidad Central del Caribe
  • 2018-2017 Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Dickinson College

Peer-reviewed publications:

  • In press. Ortiz A, Zhang Y, Jin C, Wang Y, Zhu M, Yan Y, Kimock C, Villamil CI, He K, Harrison T. Morphometric analysis of fossil hylobatid molars from the Pleistocene of Southern China. Anthropol Sci. doi: 10.1537/ase.190331
  • 2018. Villamil CI. Phenotypic integration of the cervical vertebrae in the Hominoidea (Primates). Evolution 72(3):490-517. doi: 10.1111/evo.13433
  • 2017. Villamil CI. Locomotion and basicranial anatomy in primates and marsupials. J Hum Evol 111:163-178. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.07.003
  • 2016. Williams SA, Middleton ER, Villamil CI, Shattuck MR. Vertebral numbers and human evolution. Am J Phys Anthropol 159(S61):S19-S36. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.22901
  • 2015. Ortiz A, Pilbrow V, Villamil CI, Korsgaard JG, Bailey SE, Harrison T. The taxonomic and phylogenetic affinities of Bunopithecus sericus, a fossil hylobatid from the Pleistocene of China. PLOS ONE 10(7):e0131206. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131206
  • Revision. Villamil CI. Spondylolysis and the transitional vertebra in an Inuit population from Point Hope, Alaska. Am J Phys Anthropol.
  • Revision. Villamil CIFactors linked to integration and evolvability in the primate cranium.
  • In prep. Villamil CI. Functional morphology of the axis vertebra (C2) in anthropoid primates.
  • In prep. Villamil CIVertebral canal variation in modern humans.

Selected conference abstracts:

  • 2019. Villamil CIConservative evolution and integration continua in the primate cranium. International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology. [symposium oral presentation]IMG_1487
  • 2019. Villamil CI. Character displacement in two New World monkey genera, Cebus and AlouattaAmerican Association of Anatomists. [poster abstract]
  • 2018. Villamil CI. Character displacement in two New World monkey genera, Cebus and AlouattaLatin American Association of Biological Anthropology. [poster abstract]
  • 2018. Villamil CI. Size and the morphology of the C2 (axis) vertebra in primates. American Association of Physical Anthropologists. [poster abstract]
  • 2018. Taboada H, Antón S, Williams SA, Laird MF, Stock MK, Villamil CI, Bauman Surrat SE, González-Velez O, Schmitt CA, Dubuc C, Higham JP. Intra-demic morphological variation: using the Cayo Santiago macaques to model plasticity in the fossil record. American Association of Physical Anthropologists. [symposium poster]

Recent research grants:

  • 2018. Grant for Scholarly Project. Dickinson College. $3000
  • 2016. Provost’s Global Research Initiative Fellowship. New York University. $6097
  • 2015. Dissertation Fieldwork Grant. The Wenner-Gren Foundation. $16,094
  • 2015. Antonina S. Ranieri International Scholars Fund. New York University. $750
  • 2014. Margaret and Herman Sokol Travel/Research Award for Predoctoral Students in the Sciences. New York University. $3000

NecropolisRecent teaching:

  • 2018-2019, Course director, Human Gross and Developmental Anatomy (dissection-based)
  • 2018, Course director, Principles of Human Evolution
  • 2018, Course director, Growth and Development

Recent lab and fieldwork:

  • 2018, 2016 Research assistant in primate morphometric and microbiome data collection, Caribbean Primate Research Center
  • 2016 Laetoli and Eyasi Plateau mid-Pliocene localities, Tanzania
  • 2015 Mary Leakey Olduvai Gorge collections assistant, National Museums of Tanzania
  • 2012 Sanisera Roman necropolis excavation, Menorca, Spain
  • 2012 Laboratory intern, Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University

Institutions where I’ve carried out research:

American Museum of Natural History; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Museum of Vertebrate Zoology; Museum of Comparative Zoology; Field Museum; Museum für Naturkunde; Senckenberg Museum; Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle; Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique; Royal Museum of Central Africa; Naturalis Biodiversity Center; Natural History Museum London; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Center for the Study of Human Origins; University of Witwatersrand; Makerere University; British Museum; Powell-Cotton Museum; Caribbean Primate Research Center; University of Notre Dame; Penn Museum; Philadelphia Zoo.