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Don Melnick graduated from New York University with a degree in Anthropology and History and received his doctorate in Physical Anthropology from Yale University. He is professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Columbia University, as well as founder and director of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC). Melnick also helped to create The New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology and a partnership of the anthropology departments at Columbia and The American Museum of Natural History. He has received Columbia's Hettleman Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service and was a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


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