Joel Cracraft

Joel Lester Cracraft (born July 31, 1942), is an American paleontologist and ornithologist.[2] He received a PhD in 1969 from Columbia University (Functional Morphology of Locomotion in Birds).[2]

Joel Cracraft
Born (1942-07-31) July 31, 1942 (age 78)[1]
NationalityUnited States
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma, B.S., 1964
Louisiana State University, M.S., 1966
Columbia University Ph.D. (1969)
Scientific career
ThesisFunctional Morphology of Locomotion in Birds (1969)

His research interests include: theory and methods of comparative biology, evolutionary theory, biological diversification, systematics, the evolution of morphological systems, historical biogeography, molecular systematics and evolution.[1]

From 1970 he has been a research associate at the Field Museum, Chicago; from 1970 to 1992, full professor at the University of Illinois; from 1993 to 1994, acting director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History; from 1992, adjunct professor at the City University of New York; from 1997 adjunct professor at Columbia University; from 1992 curator at AMNH; and from 2002 Lamont Curator of Birds at AMNH.[1]

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  1. "Joel Cracraft: Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  2. "Joel L. Cracraft". AMNH. Retrieved November 5, 2019.
  3. Derryberry, E.; Claramunt, S.; Chesser, R.T.; Aleixo, A.; Cracraft, J.; Moyle, R.G.; Brumfield, R.T. (2010). "Certhiasomus, a new genus of woodcreeper (Aves: Passeriformes: Dendrocolaptidae)". Zootaxa. 2416: 44–50. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.2416.1.2. ISSN 1175-5326. S2CID 83158075. (PDF)
  4. Moyle, R.G.; Chesser, R.T.; Brumfield, R.T.; Tello, J.G.; Marchese, D.J.; Cracraft, J. (2009). "Phylogeny and phylogenetic classification of the antbirds, ovenbirds, woodcreepers, and allies (Aves: Passeriformes: infraorder Furnariides)". Cladistics. 25 (4): 386–405. doi:10.1111/j.1096-0031.2009.00259.x. ISSN 0748-3007. S2CID 35771385. (PDF)[permanent dead link]