Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences
Research Associate in Vertebrate Biology, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

Hancock (AHF) B54
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0032
Phone: 213-740-1918


Craig Stanford is a human evolutionary biologist and professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at USC, and former chair of the Department of Anthropology.  He holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and has also taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He has conducted extensive field research on wild great apes, monkeys, and other animals. His work has often focused on the ecological relationships among the primate species sharing a tropical forest ecosystem. He has conducted field studies in East Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Mexico and Latin America. In addition to 25+ years research on chimpanzee behavioral ecology in East Africa, he has collaborated in studies on endangered Asian primates and endangered tortoises and turtles.  He is currently the Chair of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. The author of 18 books, including a widely used textbook in human evolutionary biology, and more than 150 scholarly articles.  He also holds a research associate appointment in vertebrate biology at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.  Stanford has received numerous awards for his research and teaching at USC.