Joseph M. Erwin

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Joseph M. Erwin

Research Professor of Anthropology


Dr. Erwin is a primatologist with particular interests on the management and care of captive primates and the neurobiology of aging. In addition to teaching he is also the Director of the Foundation for Comparative and Conservation Biology.

Primate neurobiology, comparative study of aging, treatment of captive primates, primate conservation.

Dr. Erwin investigates several aspects of primate neurobiology, especially the comparative study of aging. He works to advance the well-being of captive primates, to support the conservation of wild primates and their habitats, and to advance science education.

Research only.


Last updated December 2, 2013


2002  Erwin, J., and P. Hof, eds. Aging in Nonhuman Primates. Vol. 31, Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology. Hof, P., and C. Mobbs, series eds. Basel: Karger.

1992  Erwin, J., and J. Landon, J., eds. Chimpanzee Conservation and Public Health: Environments for the Future. Rockville, MD: Diagnon/BIOQUAL.

Articles and Book Chapters

2013  Perez, S., M. Raghanti, P.R. Hof, L. Kramer, M.D. Ikonomovic, P.N. Lacor, J.M. Erwin, C.C. Sherwood, and E.J. Mufson. "Alzheimer’s Disease pathology in the neocortex and hippocampus of the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Journal of Comparative Neurology, in press.

2011  Sherwood, C.C., A.D. Gordon, J.S. Allen, K.A. Phillips, J.M. Erwin, P.R. Hof, and W.D. Hopkins. "Aging of the cerebral cortex differs between humans and chimpanzees," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 108: 13029-13034.

2010  Sherwood, C.C., M.A. Raghanti, C.D. Stimpson, M. Uddin, A. Boddy, D.E. Wildman, M.A. Spocter, C.J. Bonar, A.H Lewansdowski, K.A. Phillips, J.M. Erwin, and P.R. Hof. "Inhibitory interneurons of the human prefrontal cortex display conserved evolution of the phenotype and related genes," Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences 277(1684): 1011-1020. Advance online publication, December 2, 2009.

2008  Erwin, J., and Hof, P. "Menopause and reproductive senescence in comparative context." In: Atsalis, S., S. Margulis, and P. Hof, eds. Primate Reproductive Aging: Cross-taxon Perspectives, p. 4-16. Interdisciplinary Topics in Gerontology. Hof, P., and C. Mobbs, series eds. Basel: Karger.

2007  Tigno, X., Y.-D. Shi, J. Erwin, S. Aslam, and B. Hansen. "Understanding type 2 diabetes and aging: Lessons from nonhuman primates." Asian Biomedicine 1(4): 359-376.

2005  Tigno, X., J. Erwin, and B. Hansen. "Nonhuman primate models of human aging." In: S. Wolfe-Coote, ed. The Laboratory Primate, p. 449-466. San Diego: Academic Press.

2001  Erwin, J., E. Nimchinsky, P. Gannon, D. Perl, and P. Hof. "The study of brain aging in great apes." In: Hof, P., and C. Mobbs, eds., Functional Neurobiology of Aging, p. 447-456. San Diego: Academic Press.

Ph.D. 1974 (Psychobiology), University of California, Davis
M.A. 1971, University of California, Davis
B.A. 1967, University of the Pacific, Stockton