Myron Shekelle



Myron Shekelle’s primary research focus concerns the evolution of tarsiers on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, using a holistic analysis of genetic, acoustic, and morphological data sets. This research informs his contributions to the study of the biogeography of Southeast Asia, dispersal by rafting, the evolution of social behavior, and to the setting of global conservation priorities.

For more than 30 years, Myron has lived, worked, taught, and mentored students among the diverse people of Southeast Asia. He has held teaching and research positions in Indonesia, Singapore, and Korea.  These experiences inform Myron’s approach to equity, inclusivity, and diversity. Recently, Myron co-organized a symposium and roundtable for the International Primatological Society’s 2023 conference in Malaysia, Transitioning to a Decolonized Primatology in Southeast Asia: A Vision for the Future, which featured a symposium of habitat-country nationals followed by a roundtable, where habitat country scientists presented their vision for a decolonized future for primatological research in Southeast Asia.


Research Interests

primate evolution, ecology, and conservation; holistic analyses of complementary genetic, acoustic, and morphological data sets; tarsiers; bioacoustic behavior; biogeography; speciation; dispersal by rafting; evolution of social behavior; Red Listing.



PhD Washington University in St. Louis 2003

Dissertation: Taxonomy and Biogeography of Eastern Tarsiers

MA Washington University in St. Louis 1993

BA University of California, Los Angeles 1991