Dr. Paul A. Garber

Professor Emeritus

Department of Anthropology

Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

University of Illinois 

Urbana, Illinois 61801  USA

Phone 217-390-7679

Email p-garber@illinois.edu




Dr. Paul A. Garber is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. I am a former Executive Editor of the American Journal of Primatology (2008-2017) and was named the 2017 American Society of Primatologists Distinguished Primatologist. I have conducted primate field research in 8 countries throughout Central and South America, as well as across China focused on the behavioral ecology of tamarins, marmosets, callimicos, capuchins, howler monkeys, snub-nosed monkeys, gibbons, and macaques. I have authored over 250 journal articles and book chapters (including 12 edited books) on the behavior, ecology, cognition, and conservation of nonhuman primates. This includes several recent papers on the impending extinction crisis faced by the world’s primates. I currently serve as an Adjunct Professor at the International Center of Biodiversity and Primate Conservation at Dali University, Dali, Yunnan, China. Recently, I co-organized two workshops on scientific activism and environmental justice.



Guo YQ, Han L, Liu T, Li G, Garber PA and Zhou J. 2020.The genetic status of the critically endangered Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus): a species moving toward extinction. Qing Yan Guo, Ling Han, Tao Liu, Gang Li, Paul A Garber and Jiang Zhou. Frontiers in Genetics DOI: 10.3389/fgene.2020.608633


Estrada A, Garber PA, and Chaudhary A (2020). Current and future trends in socio-economic, demographic, and governance factors affecting global primate conservation. PeerJ 8:e9816 DOI 10.7717/peerj.9816


Garber PA. 2019. Distinguished Primatologist Address - Moving from Advocacy to Activism: changing views of primate field research and conservation over the past 40 years. Paul A. Garber. American Journal of Primatology https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.23052


Estrada A, Garber, PA, and Chaudhary A. 2019. Expanding global commodities trade and consumption place the world’s primates at risk of extinction. PeerJ 7:e7068 DOI 10.7717/peerj.7068


De la Fuente MFC, Caselli CB, Bicca-Marques C-J, Souto A, Schiel N, and Garber PA. 2019. Balancing contest competition, scramble competition, and cooperative foraging in wild common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). American Journal of Primatology 81 (4):e22964


Li B-G, Li M, Li J-H, Fan, P, Ni Q, Lu J, Zhou X, Long Y, Xu W, Jiang Z, Zhang P, Huang Z, Pan R, Gouveia S, Dobrovolski R, Grueter CC, Oxnard C, Groves C, Estrada A, and Garber PA. 2018. The Primate Extinction Crisis in China: Immediate

Challenges and a way forward. Biodiversity and Conservation DOI.org/10.1007/s10531-018-1614-y


Estrada, A., Garber PA, et al. 2018. Primates in peril: the significance of Brazil, Madagascar, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for global primate conservation. PeerJ 6:e4869;DOI 10.7717/peerj.4869


Estrada A, Garber PA, et al. 2017. Impending extinction crisis of the world´s primates: Why primates matter. Science Advances DOI 10.1126/sciadv., e1600946 (published January 18, 2017)

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