Professor Cuozzo earned his doctorate in Biological Anthropology at CU-Boulder in 2000. Since graduating, he has taught at community colleges in California (2000-2003) and Colorado (2004-2005), and completed a post-doctoral research position focused on lemur dental development and anatomy at Northern Illinois University (2003-2004). In 2005, he began his current position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Dakota, where he earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.
Professor Cuozzo has continued to conduct the primate evolution and anatomical research central to his graduate research, conducting paleontological field work in Wyoming in 2001 and 2002, including teaching a primate evolution field course in 2011 in the Washakie Basin of southern Wyoming. Beginning in 2003, he expanded his research program to include participation in a long-term collaborative lemur biology, ecology and conservation in Madagascar, where he currently co-directs the Beza Mahafaly Lemur Biology Project with Dr. Michelle Sauther (CU-Boulder, Department of Anthropology). In 2012, he will take part in his 10th consecutive year of research in Madagascar. Among the highlights of his research since earning his doctorate at CU-Boulder is the publication of over 30 articles and/or book chapters on primate evolution, lemur dental health and anatomy, and primate biology and ecology. In 2009, he was the PI on a ~$200,000 National Science Foundation grant that explores the proximate causes of primate wear, which has broad impacts for understanding primate life history and ecology.
About his experience in the Anthropology Department:
“The CU graduate department provided the broad intellectual and practical foundation that allowed me to develop as a productive teaching-scholar in anthropology.“