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Bernardo Urbani

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109 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave.
607 S Mathews
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Research Associate


Bernardo Urbani (Caracas, 1977) has four main research interests: cognitive and behavioral ecology of Neotropical primates (especially the genus Cebus), history of primatology, ethnoprimatology/archaeoprimatology, and primate and nature conservation. He is B.Sc. in anthropology Magna Cum Laude (Central University of Venezuela, 2000) with an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology –primatology– (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004, 2009). Bernardo also completed postgraduate diplomas at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (2007), Autonomous University of Barcelona (2008), and the University of León (2011). He currently is a full associate researcher of the Center for Anthropology at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and taught at the Central University of Venezuela. He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Bernardo is a member of the Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a member/Protreasurer of the executive coordination of the Latin American Society of Primatology. He has published over 100 articles, reports, and books with the results of his research in Venezuela and abroad, and is a member of various primatological, anthropological, and philatelic associations. In doing his research, he has visited several field sites and dozens of libraries, archives, and museum collections in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Bernardo has participated in a wide variety of scientific meetings and has received support for his research from diverse institutions such as Fulbright, National Science Foundation, among others.  Bernardo has developed a relatively recent interest in science diplomacy. A few years ago, he completed a degree in bakery and a master in pastry doughs. In the meanwhile, he is still collecting stamps, rare books, prints, and masks with primatological motifs.