Division of Natural Sciences

Julia Zichello, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Ph.D. The Graduate Center, City University of New York
M.Phil. The Graduate Center, City University of New York
B.F.A, Pratt Institute


Areas of Interest

• Vertebrate evolution
• Population genetics
• Human and primate evolution
• The Hominin fossil record
• How population size changes impact variation within a species
• Invasive species as models of rapid adaptation and evolution
• Historical DNA from museum specimens


• BIOL 109 Anatomy and Physiology I
• BIOL 110 Anatomy and Physiology II

Professional Affiliations
American Museum of Natural History – Research Associate
American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Bodt, L.H., Rollins, L.A. & J.M. Zichello (2020).
Contrasting Mitochondrial Diversity of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) across three invasive continental distributions. Ecology & Evolution, accepted August 2020.

Zichello, J.M., Baab, K.L., McNulty, K.P., Raxworthy, C.J, & M.E. Steiper (2018). Hominoid intraspecific cranial variation mirrors neutral genetic diversity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(45), 11501-11506.

Zichello, J.M. (2018). Look in the Trees: Hylobatids as Evolutionary Models for
Extinct Hominins. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News and Reviews, 27(4), 142-146.

Kheng. V., Zichello, J.M., Lumbantobing, D.N. Lawalata, S.Z.S., Andayani, N., and D.J. Melnick (2017). Phylogeography and population structure of the Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch). International Journal of Primatology. 39(1), 5-26.

Steiper, M. E., Walsh, F. W., and J.M. Zichello (2012).
The SLC4A1 gene is under differential selective pressure in primates infected by Plasmodium falciparum and related parasites. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 5:1037-1045.

Steiper, M.E., Parikh, S.J., and J.M. Zichello (2008).
Phylogenetic Analysis of the Promoter Region of the CD40L Gene in Primates and other Mammals. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 8:406-413.