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

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

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 - 2017/18.
  • 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. Percher A, Merceron G, Nsi Akoue G, Galbany J, Romero A, Charpentier MJE (2018) Dental microwear textural analysis as an analytical tool to depict individual traits and reconstruct the diet of a primate. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 165:123–138.
  2. Percher A, Romero A, Galbany J, Nsi Akoue G, Pérez-Pérez A, Charpentier MJE (2017) Buccal dental-microwear and dietary ecology in a free-ranging population of mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) from southern Gabon. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186870.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Nova Delgado M, Galbany J & Pérez-Pérez A (2016) Molar shape variability in platyrrhine primates. Journal of Human Evolution 99:79-92.
  8. Nova Delgado M, Galbany J & Pérez-Pérez A (2016) Morphometric variation of extant platyrrhine molars: taxonomic implications for fossil platyrrhines. PeerJ 4:e1967.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

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