Anthony Tosi

Dr. Anthony Tosi

Associate Professor
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Primate Evolution:  Research interests include phylogenetics, biogeography, hybrid zones & introgression, speciation, behavioral genetics, sex chromosomal genetics, mating systems, male-male contests, anthropoids (esp. Old World Monkeys).

Molecular Forensics:  Research interests include low-template DNA (“touch DNA”), mixture deconvolution, development of forensic SNP analyses, hair & eye color assays, forensic relationship testing, "missing persons".  Casework experience (2008-2014):  Criminalist, Level III (Low-Template DNA Group), Office of Chief Medical Examiner, New York City.

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Primate Evolution, Forensic Genetics, collaborative international research (Kyoto University & Kent State), Behavior, ecology of primates, scientific culture


  • 2018 Ruiz CA, Chaney ME, & Tosi AJ. Medical-grade buccal swabs versus drugstore cotton swabs: no difference in DNA yield. MethodsX. (in press).
  • 2018 Chaney ME, Piontkivska H, & Tosi AJ. Retained duplications and deletions of CYP2C genes among catarrhine primates. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. (reviewed, minor revisions).
  • 2018 Janiak MC, Chaney ME, & Tosi AJ. Evolution of acidic mammalian chitinase genes (CHIA) is related to body mass and insectivory in primates. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msx312. (in press).
  • 2017 Tosi AJ. Phylogenetic tests of a Cercopithecus monkey hybrid reveal X-chromosomal polyphyly of C. cephus and emerging patterns in the cephus species group radiation. African Zoology. 52:177-181. doi: 10.1080/15627020.2017.1369363
  • 2017 Evans BJ, Tosi AJ, Zeng K, Dushoff J, Corvelo A, & Melnick DJ. Speciation over the edge: gene flow among non-human primate species across a formidable biogeographic barrier. Royal Society Open Science. 4:170351. doi: 10.1098/rsos.170351
  • 2017 Tosi AJ & Hirai H. X chromosome introgression and recombination in the cephus group of Cercopithecus monkeys. Cytogenetic and Genome Research. 153:29-35. doi: 10.1159/000480656
  • 2016 Tosi AJ & Detwiler KM. The efficacy of sex chromosomal markers in studies of Cercopithecus hybridization: discovery of a captive hybrid and applications in wild populations. Zoo Biology. 35:61-64. doi: 10.1002/zoo.21259
  • 2012 Hart JA, Detwiler KM, Gilbert CC, Burrell AS, Fuller JL, Emetshu M, Hart TB, Vosper A, Sargis EJ, & Tosi AJ. Lesula: A new species of Cercopithecus monkey endemic to the Democratic Republic of Congo and implications for conservation of Congo’s Centra
  • 2009 Burrell AS, Jolly CJ, Tosi AJ, & Disotell TR Mitochondrial evidence for the hybrid origin of the kipunji, Rungwecebus kipunji (Primates: Papionini). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 51(2):340-348.
  • 2009 Kamilar JM, Martin SK, & Tosi AJ Combining biogeographic and phylogenetic data to examine primate speciation: an example using cercopithecin monkeys. Biotropica. 41(4):514-519.
  • 2008 Tosi AJ Forest monkeys and Pleistocene refugia: a phylogeographic window onto the disjunct distribution of the Chlorocebus lhoesti species group. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 154(2):408-418.
  • 2008 Ting N, Tosi AJ, Li Y, Zhang YP, & Disotell TR Phylogenetic incongruence between nuclear and mitochondrial markers in the Asian colobines and the evolution of the langurs and leaf monkeys. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 46(2):466-474.
  • 2007 Tosi AJ & Coke CS Comparative phylogenetics offer new insights into the biogeographic history of M. fascicularis and the origin of the Mauritian macaques. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 42(2):498-504.
  • 2007 Xing J, Wang H, Zhang Y, Ray DA, Tosi AJ, Disotell TR, & Batzer MA A mobile element-based evolutionary history of guenons (tribe Cercopithecini). BMC Biology 5:5.
  • 2006 Tosi AJ, Detwiler KM, & Clifford SL X-chromosomal synapomorphies provide a non-invasive test for introgression among Cercopithecus monkeys. Conservation Genetics. 7:803-805.
  • 2005 Tosi AJ, Detwiler KM, & Disotell TR X-chromosomal window onto the evolutionary history of the guenons (Primates: Cercopithecini). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 36(1):58-66.
  • 2005 Tosi AJ, Detwiler KM, & Disotell TR Y-chromosomal markers suitable for non-invasive studies of guenon hybridization. International Journal of Primatology. 26(3):683-694.
  • 2004 Tosi AJ, Melnick DJ, & Disotell TR Sex chromosome phylogenetics indicate a single transition to terrestriality in the guenons (tribe Cercopithecini). Journal of Human Evolution. 46(2):223-237.
  • 2003 Tosi AJ, Morales JC, & Melnick DJ Paternal, maternal, and biparental molecular markers provide unique windows onto the evolutionary history of macaque monkeys. Evolution. 57(6):1419-1435.
  • 2003 Tosi AJ, Disotell TR, Morales JC, & Melnick DJ Cercopithecine Y-chromosome data provide a test of competing morphological evolutionary hypotheses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 27(3):510-521.
  • 2002 Tosi AJ, Buzzard PJ, Morales JC, & Melnick DJ Y-chromosome data and tribal affiliations of Allenopithecus and Miopithecus. International Journal of Primatology. 23:1287-1299.
  • 2002 Tosi AJ, Morales JC, & Melnick DJ Y-chromosome and mitochondrial markers in Macaca fascicularis indicate introgression with Indochinese M. mulatta, and a biogeographic barrier in the Isthmus of Kra. International Journal of Primatology. 23:161-178.
  • 2002 Tosi AJ, Buzzard PJ, Morales JC, & Melnick DJ Y-chromosomal window onto the history of terrestrial adaptation in the Cercopithecini. In “The Guenons: Diversity and Adaptation in African Monkeys”. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers. Pp. 15-26.
  • 2000 Tosi AJ, Morales JC, & Melnick DJ Comparison of Y-chromosome and mtDNA phylogenies leads to unique inferences of macaque evolutionary history. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 17(2):133- 144.

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Global Understanding Research Initiative