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:

  • 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
  • In review. Villamil CI. Spondylolysis and the transitional vertebra in an Inuit population from Point Hope, Alaska. Am J Phys Anthropol.
  • Submitted. Villamil CI, Quiñones-Rodríguez J, Rivera-Rodríguez M, Jiménez-Dietsch S. Case report: a rare variant in kidney arterial supply, with two accessory renal arteries of different origins. CEN Case Studies.
  • In prep. Villamil CI. Functional morphology of the axis vertebra (C2) in anthropoid primates.
  • In prep. Villamil CIFactors linked to integration and evolvability in the primate cranium.
  • In prep. Villamil CIVertebral canal variation in modern humans.

Selected conference abstracts:

  • 2019. Villamil CIConservative evolution and integration continua in the primate cranium. [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.