John Rowan

John J. Rowan

Primary Field
Biological Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, SUNY, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas The paleoecology of early hominins and African terrestrial ecosystems.

Dr. Rowan is broadly interested in the paleoecology of early hominins and the African terrestrial ecosystems within which our ancestors evolved. He conducts field and lab work on paleontological sites in Ethiopia and Kenya and studies the interplay between climate change, environmental shifts, and hominin and faunal evolution over the last 7 million years. This work combines data, theory, and approaches from a number of fields, including evolutionary biology, community ecology, biogeography, paleobiology, paleoanthropology, and the Earth sciences. Prior to joining UAlbany's faculty, he was the Darwin Fellow in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he worked in collaboration with the Kamilar Comparative Primatology Lab.

Two recent publications by Dr. Rowan include:

Rowan, J., Beaudrot, L., Franklin, J., Reed, K. E., Smail, I. E., Zamora, A., & Kamilar, J. M. (2020). Geographically divergent evolutionary and ecological legacies shape mammal biodiversity in the global tropics and subtropics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(3), 1559-1565.

Rowan, J., & Faith, J. T. (2019). The Paleoecological Impact of Grazing and Browsing: Consequences of the Late Quaternary Large Herbivore Extinctions. In The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing II (pp. 61-79). Springer, Cham.

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