Michael Schillaci

Michael Schillaci
Associate Professor
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Michael Schillaci is an Evolutionary Anthropologist with diverse research interests. He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 2002, where his doctoral research examined morphological variation and growth and development in hybrid macaques from Sulawesi, Indonesia. More recently Michael’s research has covered a variety of different topics within the subfields of bioarchaeology, archaeology, primate evolution, and medical anthropology.  His current research focuses on the prehistory of the American Southwest, and combining bioarchaeological, archaeological, and historical linguistic data sets to investigate culture history.

CV Michael Schillaci

Research Interests: 

  • Bioarchaeology: craniometric variation, growth, quantitative genetics, paleopathology
  • Archaeology: American Southwest, culture history, linguistics, cultural affiliation
  • Primate Evolution: Macaca, growth and development, hybridization, morphology, evolutionary history
  • Medical Primatology: bidirectional pathogen transmission, radiography

Awards and Grants: 

2018-2022 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant  for research on the biological affiliations of the prehistoric Sopris and Apishapa phase cultures of the American Southwest.

2006-2009 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Standard Research Grant for research on craniometric variation among ancestral Pueblo Indians in the American Southwest.


(recent select):

  • Schillaci MA, Lintlop J, Sumra M, Pizarro M, Jones-Engel L. 2019. Hair cortisol and stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios in Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) from Gibraltar. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 33(9):831-838.                       
  • Schillaci MA, Kopris C, Wichmann S, Dewar G. 2017. Linguistic clues to Iroquoian prehistory. Journal of Anthropological Research 73(3):448-485.
  • Schillaci MA, Klegarth AR, Switzer WM, Shattuck MR, Lee BPY-H. Hollocher H. 2017. Evolutionary relationships of Macaca fascicularis fascicularis (Raffles 1821) (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from Singapore revealed by Bayesian analysis of mitochondrial DNA sequences. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology  65: 3–19 
  • Schillaci MA, Lakatos SA, Sutton LD. 2017. Tewa place names for early habitation sites in the Northern Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology  42(2):142-151.                 
  • Schillaci MA, Lakatos SA. 2017. The emergence of Kwahe’e Black-on-white pottery in the Tewa Basin, New Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology 42(2):152-160.
  • Schillaci MA, Wichmann S. 2016. The use of linguistic data in bioarchaeological research: an example from the American Southwest. In Mant M, and Holland A. (eds). Beyond the bones. engaging with disparate datasets. Amsterdam:Academic Press. pp. 101-112.
  • Schillaci MA, Lakatos SA. 2016. Refiguring the population history of the Tewa Basin. Kiva 82(4):364-386.
  • Schillaci MA, Castellini MJ, Stricker CA, Jones-Engel L, Lee BP, O’Hara TM. 2014. Variation in hair δ13C and δ15N values in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) from Singapore. Primates 55:25-34.

Teaching Interests: 

•  Biological Anthropology (undergraduate, ANT B14)
•  Human Osteology (undergraduate, ANT C47)
•  Medical Anthropology (undergraduate, ANT D17, ANT D25)
•  Quantitative Methods (graduate, ANT1099)
•  Evolutionary Perspectives on Growth and Development (graduate   ANT3041)