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Craig Stanford is Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California. He is also a Research Associate in the herpetology section of the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. He is known for his field studies of the behavior, ecology and conservation biology of chimpanzees, mountain gorillas and other tropical animals, and has published more than 140 scientific papers and 17 books on animal behavior, human evolution and wildlife conservation. He is best known for his detailed field study of the predator–prey ecology of chimpanzees and the animals they hunt in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, and for his long term study of the behavior and ecology of chimpanzees and mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. He is also on the board of the Turtle Conservancy and is involved in efforts to save critically endangered tortoises and turtles from extinction.

Craig Stanford
New Jersey
NationalityUnited States
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary Biology, Biological Anthropology, Primatology, Herpetology
InfluencesCharles Darwin, Jane Goodall



Stanford received his BA in anthropology and zoology at Drew University, his MA in anthropology at Rutgers University, and his PhD in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. He taught at the University of Michigan and joined the University of Southern California in 1992. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, Wenner Gren Foundation, Leakey Foundation, among others. He has also received several major teaching and research awards at USC. He lectures widely in the U.S. and abroad.

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • "The New Chimpanzee: a 21st Century Portrait of Our Closest Kin," 2018
  • "Evolution: What Every Teenager Should Know," 2014
  • "Planet Without Apes," 2012
  • The Last Tortoise, 2010
  • Beautiful Minds, 2008 (with Maddalena Bearzi)
  • Apes of the Impenetrable Forest, 2007
  • Exploring Biological Anthropology, (with John Allen and Susan Antón); 4th edition 2015.
  • Biological Anthropology: The Natural History of Humankind, (with John Allen and Susan Antón); 4th edition 2015
  • Upright : The Evolutionary Key to Becoming Human, 2003
  • Significant Others: The Ape-Human Continuum and the Quest for Human Nature, 2001
  • The Hunting Apes : Meat Eating and the Origins of Human Behavior, 1999
  • Meat-Eating and Human Evolution, 2001 (with co-editor H. Bunn)
  • Chimpanzee and Red Colobus : The Ecology of Predator and Prey, 1998


  • Close encounters: mountain gorillas and chimpanzees share the wealth of Uganda's "impenetrable forest," perhaps offering a window onto the early history of hominids

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