Paul R. Sesink Clee

Ph.D. Candidate


Ph.D. Candidate


M.S. - Biology, University at Albany - SUNY

Graduate Certificate - GIS & Spatial Analysis, University at Albany - SUNY

B.S. - Biology, Siena College


Paul is a field biologist, currently based in the Gulf of Guinea region of West Central Africa, with an expertise in geographic information systems.  His research focuses on determining how climate and landscape features help define the distributions of species and diseases across Africa.  Paul splits his time between working in the lab, creating predictive models of species distributions and ecological niches, and in the field, sampling wild populations of chimpanzees and gorillas for further lab analysis.


Paul received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Siena College in 2010, where he discovered his interest in field research.  He developed his senior research project in Kruger National Park, South Africa where he spent the summers of his undergraduate career, studying the effects of damage to the habitat by elephants and veldt fires on winter bird diversity.  Paul trained and became a certified Level I field guide under the Field Guide Association of South Africa with additional qualifications as a lead trails guide, specialist bid guide, and advance biome guide.  Paul completed his Master’s at the University at Albany in 2013, which involved creating ecological niche models of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) under future estimated climate change scenarios.


  • "Chimpanzee population structure in Cameroon and Nigeria is associated with habitat variation that may be lost under climate change." (2015) P.R. Sesink Clee, E.E. Abwe, R.D. Ambahe, N.M. Anthony, R. Fotso, S. Locatelli, F. Maisels, M.W. Mitchell, B.J. Morgan, A.A. Pokempner, and M.K. Gonder. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 15:2. (LINK).


  • "The Evolution of Resistance to Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV): A Review." S. Locatelli, K.A. McKean, P.R. Sesink Clee, and M.K. Gonder. International Journal of Primatology, 35(2):349-75. (PDF).


  • "TESS Ad-Mixer: A novel program for visualizing TESS Q matrices." M.W. Mitchell, B. Rowe, P.R. Sesink Clee and M.K. Gonder. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5(4): 1075-8. (PDF).


  • "Macroevolution: Examples from the Primate World." P. Sesink Clee and M.K. Gonder. Nature Education Knowledge, 3(12):2 (LINK).


Central African Biodiversity Alliance (CABAlliance)

Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP)


Paul R. Sesink Clee

Drexel University

Department of Biology

3245 Chestnut St.

Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, Rm. 503

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Office: PISB 503

Phone: (215) 895-6906


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