Myron Shekelle , PhD



The Award for Best New Species of 2019: A Tiny Primate That Looks Like Baby Yoda (2019)

Two New Species of Googly-Eyed Tarsiers Discovered in Indonesia (2017)

The Things I Can’t Not Do (2017)

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Tiny Primate That Was Probably the Inspiration for Yoda (2015)

His endangered find: Local scientist works to promote conservation and save primate he discovered (2010)




Research Interests

Evolution, ecology, and conservation, primates, Tarsiidae

Educational & Professional Experience

Ph. D. Washington University in St. Louis
M.A. Washington University in St. Louis
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Selected Awards & Honors

IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group (since 2006)
IPBES Asia-Pacific (since 2015)


Recent Publications

  1. Supriatna J, Shekelle M, Fuad HAH, Winarni NL, Dwiyahreni AA, Farid M, Mariati S, Margules C, Prakoso B, Zakaria Z (2020) Deforestation on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and the loss of primate habitat. Global Ecology and Conservation 24: e01205,
  2. Sumampow TCP, Shekelle M, Beier P, Walker FM, HeppCM (2020) Identifying genetic relationships among tarsier populations in the islands of Bunaken National Park and mainland Sulawesi. PLoS ONE 15(3): e0230014.
  3. Shekelle M, Groves C, Maryanto I, Mittermeier R, Salim A, Sprimger M (2019) A New Tarsier Species from the Togean Islands of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, with References to Wallacea and Conservation on Sulawesi. Primate Conservation 2019 (33): 65-73.
  4. Shekelle M, Stevenson J, Kaufer B, Stillwell, S, Salim A. (2019) Mangrove: a possible vector for tarsier dispersal across open ocean. In Primates in Flooded Habitats: Ecology and Conservation. A Barnett, I Matsuda, K Nowak (Eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ch. 15.
  5. Shekelle M, Groves C, Maryanto I, Mittermeier R. (2017) Two New Tarsier Species and the Biogeography of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Primate Conservation. (31): 61-69.
  6. Brown RM, Weghorst JA, Olson KV, Duya MRM, Barley AJ, Duya LV, Shekelle M, Neri-Arboleda I, Esselstyn JA, Dominy NJ, Ong PS, Moritz GL, Luczon A, Diesmos MLD, Diesmos AC, Siler CD (2014) Conservation Genetics of the Philippine Tarsier: Cryptic Genetic Variation Restructures Conservation Priorities for an Island Archipelago Primate. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104340. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104340
  7. Fam SD, Lee BPY-H, Shekelle M. (2014) The Conservation Status of Slow Lorises (Nycticebus spp.) in Singapore. Endangered Species Research.
  8. Shekelle M. (2013). “Observations of Wild Sangihe Island tarsiers (Tarsius sangirensis)” Asian Primates (3)1:18-23.
  9. Wang, Y.C., Srivathsan A., Feng, C.C., Salim A, Shekelle M.  (2013) Asian Primate Species Richness Correlates with Rainfall.  PLoS One 8(1): e54995.
  10. Shekelle M, Gursky-Doyen S, Richardson M. (2013) Tarsiidae. In: Handbook of the Mammals of the World (vol. 3 Primates). R. Mittermeier & D. Wilson (eds.). Lynx Edicions. Pp:236-261.
  11. Shekelle M, Kaufer B, Gursky S. (2013) Tarsius sangirensis © All the World's Primates. ( N Rowe, M Myers (eds.) Primate Conservation Inc.
  12. Shekelle M, Stilwell S. (2013) Tarsius fuscus © All the World's Primates. ( N Rowe, M Myers (eds.) Primate Conservation Inc.
  13. Shekelle M, Stevenson J. (2013) Tarsius tumpara © All the World's Primates. ( N Rowe, M Myers (eds.) Primate Conservation Inc.
  14. Shekelle M, Meier R, Wahyu I, Wirdateti, Ting N (2010) Molecular Phylogenetics and Chronometrics of Tarsiidae based on 12s mtDNA Haplotypes: Evidence for Miocene Origins, Numerous Diversifications within the Sulawesian Clade. International Journal of Primatology 31(6):1083-1106.
  15. Shekelle M, Gursky S (2010) Why Tarsiers?  Why Now?: An Introduction to the Special Edition on Tarsiers. International Journal of Primatology 31(6):937-940.
  16. Groves C, Shekelle M (2010).  The genera and species of Tarsiidae. International Journal of Primatology 31(6):1071-1082.