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


  • 2017-Present 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 revision. Ortiz A, Zhang Y, Jin C, Wang Y, Zhu M, Kimock C, Villamil CI, He K, Harrison T. Morphometric analysis of fossil hylobatid molars from the Pleistocene of southern China. J Hum Evol.
  • 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. Ortiz A, Villamil CI, Kimock CM, He K, Harrison T. Tracking hylobatid taxonomic diversity from molar morphometrics.

Selected conference abstracts:

  • 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]
  • 2017. Villamil CIThe evolution of magnitudes of phenotypic integration in the primate cranium. American Association of Anatomists Regional Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA. [abstract]
  • 2017. Villamil CIFrom the top of your head: phenotypic integration in the head and neck. Fed Am Soc Exp Biol J. [invited symposium abstract]
  • 2017. Villamil CINew insights into locomotion  nd posture in hominoid evolution: integration of the skull and cervical vertebrae. Am J Phys Anthropol. [podium abstract]

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


  • 2018, Instructor of record, Principles of Human Evolution
  • 2018, Instructor of record, Growth and Development
  • 2017, Instructor of record, Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • 2017, 2014 Teaching fellow, Gross Anatomy (dissection-based)
  • 2017, 2015 Course assistant, Interpreting the Human Skeleton
  • 2016 Course assistant, Human Osteology and Odontology
  • 2016 Instructor of record, Human Evolution
  • 2014 Course assistant, Forensic Anthropology
  • 2014-2012 Adjunct instructor, Human Evolution Lab

Recent lab and fieldwork:

  • 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.