Hauber_Wordpress Mark E. Hauber, PhD, DSc
Interim University Vice Provost for Research
(646) 664-8910

Mark E. Hauber is the Interim Vice Provost for Research at The City University of New York. As CUNY’s top research executive, Dr. Hauber focuses on supporting faculty research, scholarship, and entrepreneurial activities; obtaining funding for facilities and instrumentation; and recruiting distinguished faculty across many disciplines. Dr. Hauber and the Research Office are also committed to enhancing and expanding student involvement in authentic, hands-on research across all academic levels. In addition, Dr. Hauber has overall responsibility for growing the University’s intellectual property portfolio; developing partnerships with other universities and research institutions; fostering relationships with industry, governmental, and non-governmental funding Read More

sources; and enhancing CUNY’s contribution to the economic development of New York City and New York State.

Dr. Hauber most recently served as Associate Provost for Research at Hunter College, where he was also Director of the endowed Animal Behavior and Conservation Program, and a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology. While at Hunter, he oversaw the opening of Hunter’s research floor at the Belfer Building, in a unique public-private collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College. Previously, he served as Program Head for the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience, Animal Behavior and Comparative Psychology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology doctoral programs at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Dr. Hauber is a world-renowned behavioral ecologist and ornithologist, a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union, and editor-in-chief of its journal, The Auk: Ornithological Advances. His research focuses on the recognition systems of avian brood parasites, including the processes of phenotypic, chemical, and cognitive coevolutionary arms races. He has published over 220 peer-reviewed articles, including those in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Current Biology, and his research productivity was featured in a highlight article by Nature: “Publish like a Pro” in 2010. He is also the author of the 2014 “The Book of Eggs”, published by the University of Chicago Press, and his work has been featured repeatedly in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Audubon Magazine and on National Public Radio. Dr. Hauber’s studies have been funded by governmental and international research agencies, including two cycles of Young Investigator Awards from the Human Frontier Science Program while at CUNY, and a current grant on the neurogenomic adaptations of parasitic birds from the National Science Foundation. He served as the B.F. Skinner Lecturer at the 2016 Conference of the Association of Behavior Analysis International.

Dr. Hauber is a native of Hungary, a citizen of New Zealand, and a graduate of Yale (BS summa cum laude in Organismal Biology) and Cornell (PhD in Neurobiology Behavior) Universities. He completed his postdoctoral training as a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology and Psychology. He was a faculty member in Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland for five years before joining the faculty of Hunter College, CUNY, in 2009. Dr. Hauber obtained two additional degrees from New Zealand, including a DSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland, and while at CUNY, an MSc in Psychology with Distinction, from Victoria University of Wellington. You can follow his research on Twitter @cowbirdlab.

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Avrom Caplan, Ph.D.
Associate University Dean for Research
(646) 664-8904

Effie MacLachlan, Ph.D.
Director of Grants & Research Programs
(646) 664-8908

Eric Vieira, Ph.D.
Director of Special Research Programs
(646) 664-8903

Derek Steele, Ph.D.
Budget Analyst & Project Coordinator
(646) 664-8916

Ron Nerio, Ph.D.
Research Associate
(646) 664-8914

Sharon Forde
Administrative Executive Assistant
(646) 664-8907

Sharon Maynard
Principal Administrative Associate
(646) 664-8920

Rimi Dhar
Programs Administrator
(646) 664-8917

Shanté Booker
Communications Specialist
(646) 664-2873


Farida Lada
Associate University Provost for Research Administration & Compliance
(646) 664-8909

Pauline Gonen-Smith
Sponsored Research Compliance Administrator
(646) 664-8915

Raju Tamot
Research Compliance Administrator
(646) 664-8906

Arita Winter-Potter
Research Compliance Administrator
(646) 664-8919

Faith Forgione
Human Research Protection Program Coordinator
(646) 664-8912


John Blaho, Ph.D.
Director, Industrial-Academic Research
(646) 664-3446

Doug Adams
(646) 664-3443

Zeev Dagan, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives
(646) 664-8948

Philip Loew
Associate Director, NYC Regional Innovation Node
(646) 664-3448

Neeti Mitra
Senior Manager, Industrial Liaison and Licensing
(646) 664-3445

Astrid Sylvester
Coordinating Manager, CUNY iHub
(646) 664-8942

Jessica Fields
Project Manager, NYC Regional Innovation Node
(646) 664-3435

Marceline Dickson
Office Manager, Industrial Liaison and Licensing
(646) 664-3447