Santiago Cassalett
Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Department of Anthropology
365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016

Ph.D. Student, Biological Anthropology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP)

M.A. Ecology, State University of New York at Stony Brook University

B.A., magna cum laude, History and Anthropology (Double Major), University of Tennessee – Knoxville


Doctoral Summer Research Grant (CUNY): $1000

Provost Pre-Dissertation Research Grant (CUNY): $4000

Primate Action Fund Grant: $3000

Turner Summer Research Grant: $6000

Rowe-Wright Primate Fund Grant: $4000

2012 – 2014
W. Burghardt Turner Fellowship

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention

Graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Tennessee

May 2008 –May 2010
University of Tennessee Dean’s List

January 2006 – May 2010
HOPE Scholarship


Watsa M., et al. (many authors, including Cassalett S.) 2015. A Field Protocol for the Capture and Release of Callitrichids. Neotropical Primates 22(2): 59-68.

Thompson N.E., Cassalett S., Holowka N.B., Perlman R.F., Mongle C. 2014. Anthropology Stampede in Calgary. Evolutionary Anthropology 23: 85-87.

Cassalett S. 2014. International prosimian congress held at Centre ValBio. Evolutionary Anthropology 23: 44.


Cassalett S., Rothman J.M. 2018. Diets, Primates. In International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Wenda Trevathan (ed). John Wiley and Sons, Inc. in press.


Cassalett S., Johnson C.A., Rothman J.M. Relationship between Dominance Rank and Nutritional Status in Forest-Dwelling Olive Baboons (Papio anubis.), in prep.


Cassalett S., Johnson C.A., Rothman J.M. 2016. View from the Top: Exploring the Relationship between Dominance Rank and Nutrient Intake in Forest-Dwelling Papio anubis, Kibale National Park, Uganda. 26th Congress of the International Primatological Society. Podium Presentation.

Cassalett S., Johnson C.A., Rothman J.M. 2016. Dominance Rank and Nutrition in Forest-Dwelling Papio anubis. 85th Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. Poster Presentation.

Cassalett S., Johnson S.E., Wright P.C. 2014. Abundance estimates for the nocturnal lemur community of Mangevo forest in southern Ranomafana National Park. 83rd Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology. Poster Presentation.


Fall 2017
Intro to Human Evolution, Lecture (4 sections x 20 students), Hunter College.
Introduction to the study of human origins and adaptations, through an understanding of evolutionary mechanisms, genetics, comparative primate biology, morphology, and modern human variation

Fall 2017
The Human Species, Lab (1 section x 22), Hunter College.
Experiment based lab focusing on human evolution and the forces of genetic changes throughout human evolution.

Fall 2016
Intro to Human Evolution, Lecture (4 sections x 20 students), Hunter College.

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016
Intro to Human Evolution, Lab (1 section x 20), Hunter College. 


November 2016
Introductory Primer in R Statistical Language, Hunter College.


May 2017 – August 2017
Conducted pilot data on the nutritional ecology and species coexist of Eulemur rufifrons, Eulemur rubriventer, and Propithecus edwardsi. Collected behavioral, feeding and nutritional data.

May 2015 – July 2015
Conducted research on the behavioral and nutritional
ecology of olive baboons (Papio anubis). Collected behavioral, feeding, nutritional and genetic data.

May 2013 – August 2013
Conducted research on the behavioral ecology and gut microbiome of Peyrieras’ wooly lemur (Avahi peyrierasi) and Milne-Edwards’ sifaka (Propithecus edwardsi). Collected behavioral, feeding, ranging and genetic data.

October 2011 – February 2012
Research assistant to Conservation International on seed dispersal project. Collected behavioral, feeding and ranging data on northern buffed-cheeked gibbons (Nomascus annamensis). Quantified gibbon seed shadows, conducted tree watches to discover secondary dispersers, and marked and identified food items. 

February 2011 – July 2011
Research assistant to PrimatesPeru. Collected behavioral, feeding, ranging, and genetic data on three species of Callitrichids. Assisted in a trap and release program for the purpose of genetic analysis and conservation policy. Marked and identified food items.


2014 – Present
Nutritional Ecology Laboratory, Hunter College, PI:
Dr. Jessica Rothman. Analysis of primate food items for macro- and micro-nutrients.

2016 – 2017
Primate Molecular Ecology Lab, Hunter College, PI:
Dr. Andrea Baden. Analysis of Eulemur rubriventer population and conservation genetics.


International Journal of Primatology (1), Primate Conservation Inc. (2).


American Association of Physical Anthropology
American Society of Primatology


Native Speaker, Reading and Writing

Coding Languages
R:  High Proficiency
Python: Moderate Proficiency
SQL: Moderate Proficiency

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