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Anthropology Department
New York University
25 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10003

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Luca Pozzi


Ph.D. Candidate in Physical Anthropology - New York University and NYCEP


M.S. 2006 Animal Conservation and Biodiversity (Evolutionary Biology) – Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
B.S. 2003 Biology (Zoology) - Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy)




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Research Interests:

My research interests include primate evolution, communication, and conservation

Past Research Experience:

Evolutionary history and biogeography of Strepsirrhines

During my MS thesis I used DNA sequence to examine the molecular phylogeny of lemurs. In particular I focused on the phylogenetic relationships within Eulemur. In addition, I compared molecular results with bioacustical data in order to infer the evolutionary relationships among Eulemur species. Recently, I have been also involved in studying lorisoid systematics by using a molecular and morphological approach (see publications).

Vocal communication in lemurs

I have been involved in a number of research projects on vocal behavior in lemurs. Both my BS and MS thesis research investigated Eulemur vocal communication. Most recently I have applied Artificial Neural Networks in order to categorize lemur utterances in discrete categories and to identify species and individuals within the genus Eulemur.


  • Pozzi L., Gamba M., Giacoma C. (in press). Automated bioacoustic identification of lemur species using Artificial Neural Networks. Folia Primatologica [Abstract]
  • Masters J.C., Boniotto M., Crovella S., Roos C., Pozzi L. & DelPero M. (2007). Phylogenetic Relationships Among the Lorisoidea as Indicated by Craniodental Morphology and Mitochondrial Sequence Data. American Journal of Primatology 69: 6-15.
  • DelPero M., Pozzi L., Masters J.C. (2006). A composite molecular phylogeny of living lemuroid primates. Folia Primatologica 77 (6): 434-445.
  • Pozzi L., Gamba M., DelPero M., Giacoma C. (2006). Eulemur Phylogeny: Evidence From Molecular And Acoustic Data. International Journal of Primatology 27(S1): 434. [Abstract]
  • Pozzi L., Masters J.C., Delpero M. (2005). Lorisoid phylogeny as revealed by morphological and molecular data. Primate Report 72-1, December 2005, p. 34. [Abstract]