Core Faculty

Core CASHP Faculty are based in the Departments of Anthropology and Speech & Hearing Sciences at The George Washington University, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and Tropical Research Institute (TRI). These faculty members participate in all facets of CASHP, and they may also serve as primary advisors for students completing the Ph.D. dissertation in Hominid Paleobiology.

THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY



René Bobe, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: the relationship between climatic change and evolutionary processes, environmental and ecological context of human evolution in Africa

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David R. Braun, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: Hominin evolution, archaeology of East African Pleistocene, early hominin technology and behavior, lithic studies.

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alison brooks
Alison S. Brooks, Ph.D

Professor

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: Paleolithic archaeology, physical anthropology, ethnoarchaeology,
paleoanthropology, geochemistry, geochronology.

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shannon mcfarlin
Shannon C. McFarlin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: Hard tissue biology and microanatomy; primate growth and development; life history evolution; primate conservation biology.

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Carson M. Murray, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: primate behavioral ecology, primate competition, maternal behavior, female relationships, infant development

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brian richmond
Brian G. Richmond, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: Human and primate evolution, evolution of human gait, functional anatomy and development in primates, bone growth and remodeling, multivariate statistics, geometric morphometrics.

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Chet C. Sherwood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: Evolution of the primate brain, biological bases of human cognitive abilities, primatology.

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francys subiaul
Francys Subiaul, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department: Speech & Hearing Science

Research Interests: Primate cognition, cognitive and brain evolution, evolutionary psychology, cognitive development, social cognition, autism.

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bernard-wood
Bernard A. Wood, Ph.D.

University Professor of Human Origins

Department: Anthropology

Research Interests: Hominid paleontology and systematics, data collection and dissemination, public education of science.

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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION


anna behrensmeyer
Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Ph.D.

Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Institution: Smithsonian NMNH, Paleobiology

Research Interests: Vertebrate taphonomy and paleoecology, with particular emphasis on the later Cenozoic of Africa and Pakistan.



dolores piperno
Dolores R. Piperno, Ph.D.

Curator of New World Archaeology, Research Scientist

Institution: Smithsonian TRI

Research Interests: Archaeology and human ecology; lowland American tropics; biogeographical and climatological history of the tropical biome.




Briana L. Pobiner, Ph.D.

Research Scientist and Museum Educator

Department: Smithsonian NMNH, Human Origins Program

Research Interests: Plio-Pleistocene hominin diet (carnivory) and ecology, carnivore bone modification, taphonomy, experimental archaeology, evolution education.



richard potts
Richard Potts, Ph.D.

Curator of Anthropology, Director of Human Origins Program

Institution: Smithsonian NMNH, Human Origins Program

Research Interests: Early human paleoecology, hominid behavior and evolution; taphonomy.




Matthew W. Tocheri, Ph.D.

Database Specialist and Physical Anthropologist

Department: Smithsonian NMNH, Human Origins Program

Research Interests: human and nonhuman primate evolution, comparative anatomy, functional morphology, Homo floresiensis.



melinda zeder
Melinda A. Zeder, Ph.D.

Curator of Zooarchaeology, Director of Archaeobiology Program

Institution: Smithsonian NMNH, Program in Human Ecology and Archaeobiology

Research Interests: The history of human interactions with animals in the Middle East; environmental impact of agriculture; origins of animal domestication.