Dr. Martin has been Vice President, Academic Affairs and Curator in Biological Anthropology at The Field Museum since September, 2001. He is responsible for the overall coordination of collections management and of the wide-ranging research program in Academic Affairs. He is also a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and Adjunct Curator of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Former Professor and Director at the Anthropological Institute and Museum of the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Comparative primatology, Genetics of Nonhuman Primates, Human Genetics and Palaeoanthropology
Dr. Martin is a scientist of international reputation, widely recognized as a leader in both primate biology and the origin of humans.
Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including awards from the Royal Society, the Medical Research Council (UK), the Smithsonian, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Wildlife Preservation Trust International. He has also been awarded numerous international scientific honors, including election as a Fellow of the Institute of Biology (UK), and of the Zoological Society of London. He has had a long-standing relationship with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, serving both as a Council Member and as Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for 25 years. He has served on numerous editorial boards, and is a reviewer on primatology for such prestigious journals as Science and Nature.
Martin, R. D. (2000). Primate origins: plugging the gaps. In: H. Gee, Ed. Shaking the Tree: Readings from Nature in the History of Life. Chicago, Chicago University Press: 325-353.
Martin, R. D. (2000). Recursos energeticos y la evolucion del tamano cerebral en los hominoideos. In: J. Agusti, Ed. Antes de Lucy: El agujero negro de la evolucion humana. Barcelona, Tusquets Editores: 217-263.
Meier C., Hemelrijk C. K. and Martin R. D. (2000). Paternity determination, genetic characterization, and social correlates in a captive group of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Primates 41: 175-183.
Martin R. D. (in press) Origins, diversity and relationships of lemurs. Int. J. Primatol.
Pastorini J., Epplen J. T. and Martin R. D. Multilocus DNA fingerprinting using oligonucleotide probes in 5 macaque species. Folia Primatol.
Pastorini J., Forstner M. R. J. and Martin R. D. Relationships among brown lemurs (Eulemur fulvus) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Mol. Phylog. Evol.
Ponce de Leon M. S., Zollikofer C. P. E., Stringer C. B. and Martin R. D., Investigation of Neanderthal morphology with computer-assisted methods. In Stringer C. B., Barton N. and Finlayson C. (eds), Neanderthals on the Edge: 150th Anniversary Conference of the Forbes' Quarry Discovery, Gibraltar. Oxford: Oxbow Book.
In addition to authoring the widely acclaimed Primate Origins and Evolution (1990), which is a standard textbook in biological anthropology, he has produced more than 200 scientific publications, including several edited books and translations.