‌Steven Green


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269 Cox Science Center
1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33124
E-mail: steven.green@miami.edu
Office: (305) 284-4272
Fax: (305) 284-3039
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  • 1998-2002: Chairman, Faculty Senate, University of Miami
  • 1991 to date: Director, DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests, Inc. (Chairman of the Board from November 1993 to date)
  • 1988 to date: Senior Scientist, Research Bureau, University of Sierra Leone
  • 1984-1985 Research Associate, Dept. Zoology, Univ. California, Berkeley
  • 1983: Visiting Professor, Graduate School (Landscape Architecture), University of Pennsylvania
  • 1982: Visiting Professor, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, University of Minnesota
  • 1982 - 1992: Research Biologist, Dept. Biological Sciences, Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone
  • 1981 - 1982: Professor and Chairman, Department of Biology, Univ. Miami
  • 1981 - date: Professor of Biology, University of Miami
  • 1978: Visiting Associate Professor, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior, University of Minnesota
  • 1973 - 1978: Government of India Research Scholar (Wildlife Studies), Bombay Natural History Society
  • 1978 - 1981: Associate Professor of Biology, University of Miami
  • 1972 - 1978: Assistant Professor, Rockefeller University (Socioecology, Animal Behavior Laboratory)
  • 1971 - 1972: Research Zoologist at the Institute for Research in Animal Behavior, New York Zoological Society
  • 1967 - 1971: Graduate Fellow in Animal Behavior, Rockefeller University
  • B.S. with honors in science, California Institute of Technology, 1960-1964. National Merit Scholar and California State Scholar; National Science Foundation summer fellowship.
  • Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, 1964-1971. Graduate Fellowship and U.S.P.H.S. Traineeship. Ph.D., 1973, in general medical sciences from the animal behavior laboratory in the division of behavioral sciences.


  • Behavior and Behavioral Ecology
  • Conservation and Restoration Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Tropical Biology


My general research area is behavioral ecology and ethology. My work has emphasized the interactions between social behavior (especially vocal communication of primates) and the abundance and distribution of resources, particularly in tropical forest environments. Allied interests include fish behavior and quantitative methods for field work as well as how the results of basic field research studies can be applied to conservation biology and management plans, both of marine mammals and terrestrial organisms.


My instructional goals are primarily to assist the development of critical skills - the evaluation of evidence and the logic of scientific investigations, and then to engage in exposition, both oral and written, of such investigations. Refinements and different emphases will vary by course - in Biometry, it will be design of studies and the proper methods of analysis as well as learning how to examine published studies for adequacy or inadequacy of statistical procedures; in Animal Behavior, it will be to understand the evolutionary, functional, and mechanistic aspects of animal behavior. In undergraduate Honors sections and graduate courses and seminars, in addition to examining basic concepts illustrated by textbook and classical examples, students explore the nature of scientific inquiry by reading and reporting on original research articles and/or by designing and executing their own studies. In all courses, I emphasize improving writing clarity and learning to prepare research proposals as well as final papers, the latter in standard biological journal style.


  • 2010. Wolovich, C.K., Evans, S. and Green, S.M. Mated pairs of owl monkeys (Aotus nancymaae) exhibit sex differences in response to unfamiliar conspecifics Am. J. Primatol. 79:942-950 [in prep.] Romero, A. & Green, S.M. Environmental History of Marine Mammal Exploitation in the Caribbean. University of Florida Press (book).
  • 2006. Wolovich, C. K., Feged, A., Evans, S., and Green, S. M. Social patterns of food sharing in monogamous owl monkeys. Am. J. Primatol. 68:1-12
  • 2005. Romero, A., & Green, S.M. The end of regressive evolution: examining and interpreting the evidence from cave fishes. J. Fish Biol. 67:3-32.
  • 2001. Romero, A., Agudo, I., Green, S.M., & Notarbartolo di Sciara, G. Cetaceans of Venezuela: their distribution and conservation status. NOAA Technical Report NMFS (Fishery Bulletin) 151:1-60
  • 1997. Bolen, R.H. & Green, S.M. Use of olfactory cues in foraging by owl monkeys (Aotus nancymai) and capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). J. Comparative Psychology 111:152-158.
  • 1990. Oates, J.F., Whitesides, G.H., Davies, A.G., Waterman, P.G., Green, S.M., Dasilva, G.L. & Mole, S. Determinants of variation in tropical forest primate biomass: new evidence from West Africa. Ecology 71:328-343.