607 S Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Host-Microbial diversity and interactions and evolution, emerging diseases and patterns of transmission, antimicrobial resistance distribution and transmission, primate comparative biology, behavioral ecology and ontogeny, reproductive and sexual behavior and evolution, behavioral endocrinology, conservation.
2004 Ph.D. Anthropological Sciences. Stony Brook University, NY.
1998 M.A. Anthropological Sciences. Stony Brook University, NY.
1990 B.A. Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.
2022-2024 University of Illinois Research Board. PI: RM Stumpf “Detecting, Identifying, and Characterizing Primate Pathogens and Transmission in Biodiverse Western Uganda.”
2021-2022. Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Research Fellowship “Increasing Resilience in Western Uganda and Beyond: Identifying, Predicting, and Preventing Pathogen Transmission”
2018-2019 Undergraduate Research Development Grant, UIUC. PI: RM Stumpf
2018-2019 Viral Transmission Dynamics at the Human-Wildlife Interface in Western Uganda. Co-PI: RM Stumpf. Blue Waters Computation Allocation, UIUC.
2018-2019 In Search of a Quantitative Definition of the Gut Microbiome in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. PI: RM Stumpf. Blue Waters Computational Allocation
2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Identifying, Predicting, and Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance Transmission” PI: RM Stumpf
2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “CRISPR Capture: Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance in Mobile Microbiomes.” Co-PIs: RM Stumpf
2017-2019 Marie Skłodowska-Curie: WILDGUT: Impact of anthropogenic changes on gut homeostasis in wild primates. PI: C Barelli. Co-PI: RM Stumpf
2014-2020 National Science Foundation. Microbiomes, female dispersal and social relationships in wild chimpanzees. PI: RM Stumpf; Co-PI: K Langergraber
2009-2017 National Science Foundation. Human Origins Moving in New Directions (HOMINID). Microbes, diet, and hominin evolution: comparative and metagenomic perspectives.” PI: RM Stumpf; Co-PIs: SR Leigh, B White, K Nelson, A Salyers; $2,470,000.
2013-2014 University of Illinois Research Board. PI: RM Stumpf “Sexual conflict in wild chimpanzees”
2012-2014. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. “Sexually transmitted diseases and African ape conservation.” PI: J Rushmore, S Altizer, & RM Stumpf
2011-2014 National Institute of Health. PIs: Wilson BA, Stumpf RM, Yildirim S, "Dynamics of Normal Pigtailed Macaque Vaginal and Intestinal Microbiota,"
2009-2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. “Close-contact pathogens, sexually transmitted diseases, and African ape conservation.” PIs: J Rushmore, S Altizer, & RM Stumpf
2008-2015 National Science Foundation BCS 0820790: Primate Microbial Ecology. PI: RM Stumpf; Co-PIs: S Leigh, B Wilson, A Salyers
2009-2011 Leakey Foundation for Anthropological Research. “Female Social and Sexual Development in Chimpanzees of Kanyawara, Kibale National Park.” PI: RM Stumpf
2009-2011 Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. “Social and Sexual Development in Adolescent Chimpanzees” PI: RM Stumpf
2008-2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. “The effects of deforestation on reproductive fitness in female red colobus (Piliocolobus tephrosceles) in Kibale National Park, Uganda.” PI: RM Stumpf, Co-PI: K Milich
2008-2009 UIUC Research Board. “Juvenile and Adolescent Chimpanzee Development.” PI: RM Stumpf
2008-2009 University of Illinois, "Inclusive Illinois: Study of classroom climate in relation to issues of diversity.” Keller, J, RM Stumpf and B Farnell
2006-2008 Carle Foundation Hospital and UIUC: Critical Research Initiatives. “Evolutionary Medicine and Women’s Sexual Health.” PI: B Wilson; Co-PIs: S Blanke; A Salyers, J Slauch, L Hoyer, R Gaskins, J Xu, R Tapping, L Schook, S Leigh; RM Stumpf, G Olsen, C-X Zhai; J Han, J Weisbaum, R Feldman, K Yeater.
2005-2006 University of Illinois Research Board. “Female Reproductive Strategies in East African Chimpanzees”. PI: RM Stumpf
2005-2006 University of Illinois Research Board. “Human Vaginal Microbial Diversity” PI: BA Wilson Co-PIs: S Blanke, A Salyers, J Slauch, L Hoyer, HR Gaskins, J Xu, R Tapping, L Schook, S Leigh, RM Stumpf, G Olsen, CX Zhai, J Han, J Weisbaum, R Feldman, K Yeater.
1998-2003 Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science Research Fellowship.
1998-2000 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. “Female reproductive strategies in wild West African chimpanzees.”
1997-1998 Stony Brook University. “Genetic Analyses of Eulemur fulvus albocollaris" American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
1997 Conservation International. “Morphometrics, behavior and genetics of Eulemur fulvus albocollaris.”
1997 Primate Conservation Inc. “Field Study of the white-collared brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus albocollaris) in Madagascar”
1996 Stony Brook University Research Grant. “Diversity in Gorilla Cranial Morphology.”
1996 Primate Conservation, Inc. “Morphometrics, behavior, and genetics of the white-collared brown lemur, Eulemur fulvus albocollaris.”
Awards and Honors
2021-2022 Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Notre Dame IN
2021-2024 Fulbright Specialist Program Faculty
2004-present Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, UIUC
2018-2019 Faculty Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois
2016-2019 University Scholar: for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching and Service
2017 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. University of Illinois
2017 LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. University of Illinois
2016 J.S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow
2016 Promoted to Full Professor, with Distinction. University of Illinois
2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois
2010-2011 I.C. Gunsalus Scholar Award, for faculty in the physical or life sciences who exhibit exemplary scholarship and teaching, University of Illinois
2008-2009 Beckman Fellow. Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, University of Illinois
2005 AO Beckman Research Award, University of Illinois
2004 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University
2004 President's Award for Outstanding Dissertation, SUNY - Stony Brook
ANTH 102: Human Origins and Culture
ANTH 143/HDFS 143: The Biological Bases of Human Behavior
ANTH 243/IB 243: The Natural History and Social Behavior of the Great Apes
ANTH 258/GWS 258: Sex in Nature and Culture
ANTH 343: The Biology and Behavior of Women
ANTH 347/IB 347: Behavioral Endocrinology
ANTH 443/IB 443: Introduction to Primate Morphology and Behavior
ANTH 444: Methods in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 445: Research in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 515RS: Graduate Seminar: Sexual Selection and Sexual Conflict
ANTH 515RS: Graduate Seminar: The Evolution of Human Sexuality and Behavior
ANTH 468: Primate Microbial Diversity Research Seminar
ANTH 499RS: Comparative Host-Microbial Analyses Lab
ANTH 499RS: Evolutionary Medicine
GLBS 298 Primates, Conservation and Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Study Abroad in Uganda
Additional Campus Affiliations
Faculty, Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (PEEC)
Animal Biology (Affiliate Faculty)
Carle-Illinois College of Medicine
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Study
The Center for African Studies
Women and Gender in Global Perspectives
Honors & Awards
2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Anthropology
2016 Promoted to Full Professor with Distinction
2016 University Scholar
2016-2017 Guggenheim Fellow
2010-2011 Irwin C. Gunsalus Scholar
2008-2009 Center for Advanced Study Fellowship
2004 Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois
2005 Arnold O. Beckman Research Award
2004 President's Award for Outstanding Dissertation, SUNY - Stony Brook
Asangba, A. E., Mugisha, L., Rukundo, J., Lewis, R. J., Halajian, A., Cortés-Ortiz, L., Junge, R. E., Irwin, M. T., Karlson, J., Perkin, A., Watsa, M., Erkenswick, G., Bales, K. L., Patton, D. L., Jasinska, A. J., Fernandez-Duque, E., Leigh, S. R., & Stumpf, R. M. (2022). Large Comparative Analyses of Primate Body Site Microbiomes Indicate that the Oral Microbiome Is Unique among All Body Sites and Conserved among Nonhuman Primates. Microbiology Spectrum, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.1128/spectrum.01643-21
Barelli, C., Barelli, C., Barelli, C., Albanese, D., Stumpf, R. M., Stumpf, R. M., Asangba, A., Donati, C., Rovero, F., Rovero, F., & Hauffe, H. C. (2020). The gut microbiota communities of wild arboreal and ground-feeding tropical primates are affected differently by habitat disturbance. mSystems, 5(3), Article e00061-20. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00061-20
Mann, A. E., Mazel, F., Lemay, M. A., Morien, E., Billy, V., Kowalewski, M., Di Fiore, A., Link, A., Goldberg, T. L., Tecot, S., Baden, A. L., Gomez, A., Sauther, M. L., Cuozzo, F. P., Rice, G. A. O., Dominy, N. J., Stumpf, R., Lewis, R. J., Swedell, L., ... Wegener Parfrey, L. (2020). Biodiversity of protists and nematodes in the wild nonhuman primate gut. ISME Journal, 14(2), 609-622. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-019-0551-4
Sharma, A. K., Petrzelkova, K., Pafco, B., Robinson, C. A. J., Fuh, T., Wilson, B. A., Stumpf, R. M., Torralba, M. G., Blekhman, R., White, B., Nelson, K. E., Leigh, S. R., & Gomez, A. (2020). Traditional human populations and nonhuman primates show parallel gut microbiome adaptations to analogous ecological conditions. mSystems, 5(6), Article e00815-20. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSystems.00815-20
Amato, K. R., Mallott, E. K., McDonald, D., Dominy, N. J., Goldberg, T., Lambert, J. E., Swedell, L., Metcalf, J. L., Gomez, A., Britton, G. A. O., Stumpf, R. M., Leigh, S. R., & Knight, R. (2019). Convergence of human and Old World monkey gut microbiomes demonstrates the importance of human ecology over phylogeny. Genome biology, 20(1), Article 201. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13059-019-1807-z