Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker is interested in studying the evolutionary relationships of early hominins. Her main interests are in phylogenetic systematics and the genotypic and phenotypic evolution of complex characters. Read more

Amy Bauernfeind

Amy Bauernfeind

Amy Bauernfeind is interested in how the human brain makes and uses energy differently from that of other primates. Read more

Serena Bianchi

Serena Bianchi

Serena Bianchi’s research focuses on the evolution of the human brain and cognition. In particular, she is interested in adopting a comparative neuroanatomy approach to investigate the origins of higher cognitive functions such as language and social cognition. Read more

Laurence Dumouchel

Laurence Dumouchel

Laurence Dumouchel’s research focuses on taphonomy, which is the study of the processes (e.g., trampling, action of carnivores) that intervene between the death of the animal and its discovery as a fossil. This type of analysis is one of the many ways to reconstruct the paleoenvironmental conditions in which our ancestors evolved. Read more

Kevin Hatala

Kevin Hatala

Kevin Hatala is interested in the evolution of locomotion within the hominin clade. His dissertation research combines biomechanical experimentation with paleontological fieldwork to develop functional interpretations of recently-discovered fossil hominin footprint sites. He also studies relationships between morphology and locomotion among modern taxa, and the evolution of postcranial form among fossil hominins. Read more

Chrisandra Kufeldt

Chrisandra Kufeldt

Chrisandra Kufeldt’s interests include anatomical variation in the postcrania of Pliocene hominins and the phylogenetic relationship of early Homo species, specifically the hominin fossils Homo habilis and Homo rudolfensis. Read more

Kate McGrath

Kate McGrath

Kate McGrath is interested in the relationship between physiological stress and dental development. Specifically, she studies proposed markers of stress in the teeth of wild primate populations where individually-recognized animals have been the focus of long-term daily observation. Read more

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller’s research is broadly aimed to understand the evolution of human behavior through the study of great apes, particularly chimpanzees. She is interested in competition and the proximate mechanisms through which individuals increase reproductive success. Read more

Kelly Ostrofsky

Kelly Ostrofsky

Kelly Ostrofsky is interested in postcranial functional morphology and anatomy, particularly as it relates to the locomotor behavior of early hominins. Read more

David Patterson

David Patterson

David Patterson is interested in using mammalian fauna to reconstruct the ecological and environmental context of hominin evolution. Due to the complexity of both modern and paleoecosystems, this requires the use of a variety of multidisciplinary proxies, some of which include: functional morphology, isotopic dietary analyses and community structure investigation. Read more

Vance Powell

Vance Powell

Vance Powell is interested in functional anatomy and post-cranial morphometric comparisons of early hominins and archaic Homo sapiens. Future research interests may include the role of diet and foraging strategies on the evolution of hominin functional morphology.

Kathryn Ranhorn

Kathryn Ranhorn

Kathryn Ranhorn’s interests include the origins of modern human behavior and the dispersal of early modern humans out of Africa.  As an archaeologist, her area of focus is East Africa during the Middle Stone Age. She is also interested in examining the genetic variation of modern genomes to reconstruct migratory events over the past 200,000 … Read more

Elizabeth Renner

Elizabeth Renner

Liz Renner is interested in the evolution of human cognition, with an emphasis on social cognition in humans and non-human primates. Using behavioral and neurobiological methods, she is exploring the importance of various sources of information when individuals learn a new task. Read more

Laura Reyes

Laura Reyes

Laura Reyes is interested in brain evolution and using comparative mammalian neuroanatomy to better understand the development of unique cognitive capabilities in primates. Read more

Brian Schilder

Brian Schilder

Brian Schilder’s research focuses on the evolution of the human brain and cognition. More specifically, he is investigating neurological diseases and disorders, as well as the role of exercise in human neurobiology, within an evolutionary framework. Read more

Cassandra Turcotte

Cassandra Turcotte

Cassandra Turcotte is interested in the functional anatomy of the hominid skeleton, particularly as it relates to the reconstruction of ancient behaviors such as locomotion through signatures of morphological and mechanical variation in bone. Read more

Amelia Villaseñor

Amelia Villaseñor

Amelia Villaseñor is interested in using a variety of paleoecological indicators such as stable isotopes, microwear, and functional morphology of large mammal teeth in conjunction with geology to determine whether climate change is correlated with the dietary shifts of the faunal communities from hominin localities. Read more

Kaitlin Wellens

Kaitlin Wellens

Kaitlin Wellens is interested in the social behavior and ecology of nonhuman primates as a tool to better understand our own social behavior and evolution. Read more

Andrew Zipkin

Andrew Zipkin

Andrew Zipkin is an archaeologist with research interests including the Middle Stone Age (MSA) of Central and East Africa, provenance geochemistry, remote sensing and GIS, experimental archaeology, and the origins of behavioral modernity. Read more