Marina Cords

Marina Cords

Research Interests

Research Concentrations

Primate behavioral evolution, Primate socioecology, Biological anthropology


East Africa; Kenya


Marina Cords joined the Anthropology faculty in 1991, and since 2001 has been jointly appointed there and in the Departments of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. Her research focuses on the behavioral biology of living primates, especially social and mating systems and how these relate to ecology and life history. She has led a 40-year field study of wild guenons in a Kenyan rain forest. Cords is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Primatology, and serves as the Vice President for Research in the International Primatological Society. She is also a leader of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP), a coordinated doctoral training environment linking several New York City universities. She admits graduate students only through the E3B department. 


University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in Zoology, 1984

Yale, BA in Biology, 1978

Glenn, M.E. and Cords, M. (eds). 2002. The Guenons: Diversity and Adaptation in African Monkeys. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Cords, M. 1987. Mixed-species association of Cercopithecus monkeys in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. Univ. Calif. Pub. Zool. 117: 1-109.

Other publications can be found here