Archaeology

Archaeology

(Directors, Alison Brooks and David R. Braun). The Stone Age Archaeology Research Group includes diverse interests focused on the evolution of human behavior from a variety of different proxies. Read more

Evolutionary Neuroscience

Evolutionary Neuroscience

(Director, Chet Sherwood). The Laboratory for Evolutionary Neuroanatomy is dedicated to research on the evolution of brain structure in primates and other mammals. The lab’s research combines neuroscience, behavioral science, and evolutionary biology to investigate how species differences in brain anatomy relate to sensorimotor and cognitive adaptations. Read more

Evolutionary Paleoecology

Evolutionary Paleoecology

(Director, René Bobe). Research interests include: Links between climatic changes and evolutionary processes. How do species respond in geological time to the dynamic nature of Earth’s climate? How can we best use the fossil record to infer environmental changes? How can we most meaningfully study ecological dynamics at different time and geographic scales? Read more

Hard Tissue Research

Hard Tissue Research

(Director, Shannon McFarlin). Since bones and teeth form the basis of the hominid fossil record, understanding the anatomy, development, and function of these tissues is critical for interpreting the life events, behavior and environments of early human ancestors. Read more

Human Evolutionary Anatomy

Human Evolutionary Anatomy

(Director, Brian Richmond). Research interests include: (i) Field paleontology: to recover new, primary evidence of human evolution from the human fossil record; (ii) Reconstructing behavior: developing new statistical methods; and (iii) Reconstructing behavior: investigating the relationship between joint function and bone internal structure, and skull biomechanics and diet. Read more

Primate Behavioral Ecology

Primate Behavioral Ecology

(Director, Carson Murray). The George Washington Primate Behavioral Ecology lab studies the adaptive value of social behavior in wild primates. We are particularly interested in how social relationships relate to individual variation in female reproductive success. Read more

Social Cognition

Social Cognition

(Director, Francys Subiaul). The Social Cognition Lab is broadly interested in how human and non-human primates extract information from their social environment. Such information may be used to understand the properties and usefulness of tools or to identify conspecifics likely to be good or bad collaborators. Read more

Systematics and Comparative Morphology

Systematics and Comparative Morphology

(Director, Bernard Wood). Research focuses on improving our ability to a) recognize hominin species and genera, and b) reconstruct higher primate phylogeny using evidence from the fossil record. Read more