Brenda Bradley

Brenda Bradley
Associate Professor of Anthropology
SEH (800 22nd St.) 6820
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Evolutionary genomics, molecular anthropology, comparative primate genomics, molecular ecology, population genetics, sensory ecology, pigmentation, color vision, evolution of hair. Species studied: humans, gorillas, lemurs.

Dr. Bradley is a geneticist and molecular anthropologist whose work bridges behavioral ecology and evolutionary genomics.

Current Research

For the latest information on Dr. Bradley's research, visit the Primate Genomics Laboratory webpage.

Dr. Bradley is co-PI on the NSF award The evolution of hair and fur: Proximate and ultimate mechanisms shaping primate pelage variation. This research uses genomic and comparative analyses to understand how genetic variation and selection have shaped the evolution of hair in humans and other primates and to clarify why humans are uniquely hairless.


Ph.D. 2003 (Anthropological Sciences), Stony Brook University
M.A. 1998, Stony Brook University
B.A. 1995, Arizona State University



Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

An up-to-date list of Dr. Bradley's publications can be found at her laboratory's publications page.

2016  Guevara, E.E., C.C. Veilleux, K. Saltonstall, A. Caccone, N.I. Mundy, B.J. Bradley. “Arms race in the coevolution of primates and angiosperms: Brazzein sweet proteins and gorilla taste receptors,” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 161(1):181-5.

2016  Bradley, B.J., C.T. Snowdon, W.C. McGrew, R.R. Lawler, E.E. Guevara, A. McIntosh, T. O'Connor. "Non-human primates avoid the detrimental effects of prenatal androgen exposure in mixed-sex litters: combined demographic, behavioral, and genetic analyses," American Journal of Primatology 78(12):1304-1315. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22583.

2014  Baden, A.L., S.M. Holmes, S.E. Johnson, S.E. Engberg, E.E. Louis Jr., B.J. Bradley . "Species-level view of population structure and gene flow for a critically endangered primate (Varecia variegata)," Ecology and  Evolution 4(13): 2675–2692. Published online Jun 6, 2014. doi:  10.1002/ece3.1119

2013  Kamilar, J.M., C.P. Heesy, B.J. Bradley. "Did trichromatic color vision and red hair color co-evolve in primates?," American Journal of Primatology 75: 740-51.

2012  Pointer, M.A., J.M. Kamilar, V. Warmuth, S.G.B. Chester, F. Delsuc, N.I. Mundy, R.A. Asher, B.J. Bradley. "RUNX2 tandem repeats and the evolution of facial length in placental mammals," BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 103.

2011  Bradley, B.J., R.R. Lawler. "Linking genotypes, phenotypes and fitness in wild primate populations," Evolutionary Anthropology 20: 104-119.

2008  Bradley, B.J., N.I. Mundy.  "The primate palette: The evolution of primate coloration," Evolutionary Anthropology 17:97-111.

Classes Taught

To see syllabi, click on the course title.

Anth 2406: Human Evolutionary Genetics
Anth 6491: Topics: Anthropological Genetics
Homp 6202: Lab Techniques in Paleoanthropology


Last updated July 18, 2017