Jordi Galbany

Current position

Education and positions

  • PostDoc. Hard Tissue Biology Lab (Shannon C. McFarlin). "Growth and life history of wild mountain and western gorillas: Rwanda and Congo” & "Physical ontogeny and life history of wild mountain and western gorillas". Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology. Department of Anthropology. The George Washington University, 2013-current position.
  • PostDoc. Susan Alberts Lab. Department of Biology. Duke University, 2007-2010.
  • Ph.D. Alejandro Pérez-Pérez Lab. Dental microwear in primates. Universitat de Barcelona, 2006.
  • M.S. Experimental biology - Animal Biology. Universitat de Barcelona, 2005.
  • D.E.A. Physical Anthropology. Universitat de Barcelona, 2001.
  • B.S. Biology. Universitat de Barcelona, 1999.

Research interests

  • Dental ecology and adaptation
  • Tooth morphology, function and adaptation
  • Growth, maturation and life history

Fieldwork experience and collaborations

  • Mountain gorilla photogrammetry - Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda). In collaboration with "The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International" (Musanze, Rwanda), since November 2013.
  • Grauers' gorilla photogrammetry - PN Kahuzi-Biega (RD Congo). In collaboration with "The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International" and ICCN. July 2015.
  • Marmot tooth molding - Pyrenees (Spain). 2012, 2013; in collaboration with "GREP - Grup de Recerca i Desenvolupament del Pirineu (CREAF)"
  • Mandrill tooth molding - Parc de la Lékédi (Gabon). 2012; in collaboration with "Mandrillus Project"
  • Baboon tooth molding - Amboseli (Kenya). 2006, 2007 & 2008; in collaboration with "Amboseli Baboon Research Project"
  • Hominid and human dental molding in National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi (2007) and American Museum of Natural History (2008)
  • Howler monkeys capture and tooth molding assistance - La Pacífica (Costa Rica). 2005
  • Primate and fossil primate dental molding in osteologic collections (Barcelona, Madrid, London, Zürich, Nairobi, Harvard University, Sabadell, Brussels, Puigcerdà, Musanze, Lwiro), since 1999.
  • Ethnobotanics of Maasai - Lake Natron (Tanzania). 1999, 2002

Teaching experience

  • Master of Primatology - University of Girona. 2013/14 - 2016/17.
  • Master of Human Biology - University of Barcelona. 2012, 2013.
  • Master of Primatology - Universitat de Barcelona. 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013.
  • Human Evolution (lab), biology - Universitat de Barcelona, 2004 & 2005.
  • Human Biology (lab), biology - Universitat de Barcelona, 2002 to 2005.


  • Last main publications..
  1. Galbany J, Abavandimwe D, Vakiener M, Eckardt W, Mudakikwa A, Ndagijimana F, Stoinski TS & McFarlin SC (2017) Body growth in wild mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) from Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 163(3): 570-590.
  2. Aliaga-Martínez A, Romero A, Galbany J, Hernández-Aguilar A & Pérez-Pérez A (2017) Buccal dental microwear texture and catarrhine diets. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.23219.
  3. Pérez-Pérez A, Lozano M, Romero A, Martínez LM, Galbany J, Pinilla B, Estebaranz-Sánchez F, Bermúdez de Castro JM, Carbonell E & Arsuaga JL (2017) The diet of the first Europeans from Atapuerca. Scientific Reports 7: 43319.
  4. Martínez LM, Estebaranz-Sánchez F, Galbany J & Pérez-Pérez A (2016) Testing dietary hypotheses of East African hominines using buccal dental microwear data. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0165447.
  5. Nova Delgado M, Galbany J & Pérez-Pérez A (2016) Molar shape variability in platyrrhine primates. Journal of Human Evolution 99:79-92.
  6. Nova Delgado M, Galbany J & Pérez-Pérez A (2016) Morphometric variation of extant platyrrhine molars: taxonomic implications for fossil platyrrhines. PeerJ 4:e1967.
  7. Gamarra B, Nova Delgado M, Romero A, Galbany J & Pérez-Pérez A (2016) Phylogenetic signal in molar dental shape of extant and fossil catarrhine primates. Journal of Human Evolution 94: 13-27.
  8. Galbany J, Stoinski TS, Abavandimwe D, Breuer T, Rutkowski W, Batista NV, Ndagijimana F & McFarlin SC (2016) Validation of two independent photogrammetric techniques for determining body measurements of gorillas. American Journal of Primatology 78: 418–431.
  9. Galbany J, Imanizabayo O, Romero A, Vecellio V, Glowacka H, Cranfield MR, Bromage TG, Mudakikwa A, Stoinski TS & McFarlin SC (2016) Tooth wear and feeding ecology in mountain gorillas from Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159: 457-465.

Working address

  • Karisoke Research Center.                                                                                                                      The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International                                                                                              BP 105 Musanze-Northern Province. Rwanda