Past Students

Habiba Chirchir, Ph.D. 2013
Dissertation title: “When and why did low trabecular bone density evolve in humans? A comparative and experimental study of trabecular density”
Current position: Researcher, Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Kes Schroer, Ph.D. 2013
Dissertation title: “The role of extant primate models for interpreting premolar crown variation in fossil hominins”
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Felicia Gomez, Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation title: “Genetic variation at ICAM-1 and CD36: a study of malaria resistance candidate loci in diverse global human populations”
Current position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Biostatistics, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Nicolaas Fourie, Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation title: “Hair cortisol in wild and captive primates: environmental effects and behavioral phenotypes”
Current position: Visiting Fellow, Biobehavioral Unit, National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH

Janine Chalk, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: “The effects of feeding strategies and food mechanics on the ontogeny of masticatory function in the Cebus libidinosus cranium”
Current position:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Erin Marie Williams, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: “Biomechanical strategies during Oldowan and Acheulean stone tool production”
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Chatham University

Rui Diogo, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: “Origin, homologies and evolution of primate head, neck, pectoral and upper limb muscles and the use of myological characters to investigate the phylogenetic relationships within the primate clade”
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Howard University

J. Tyler Faith, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: “Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions in Southern Africa’s Cape Floral region”
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Archaeology, The University of Queensland

David Green, Ph.D. 2010
Dissertation title: “Shoulder functional anatomy and development: implications for interpreting early hominin evolution”
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Midwestern University

Amanda Henry, Ph.D. 2010
Dissertation title: “Plant foods and the dietary ecology of Neandertals and modern humans”
Current position: Independent Junior Research Group Leader, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Catherine Haradon, Ph.D. 2010
Dissertation title: “The ecological context of the Achulean to Middle Stone Age transition in Africa”
Current position: Instructor, Department of Earth Science, Santa Monica College

Nicole Griffin, Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation title: “Comparative forefoot kinematics and bone architecture in extant hominids”
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Temple University

Robin Teague, Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation title: “The ecological context of the Early Pleistocene hominin dispersal to Asia”.
Current position: Researcher, Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

Matthew Skinner, Ph.D. 2008
Dissertation title: “Enamel-dentine junction morphology in extant hominoid and fossil hominin lower molars”
Current position: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University College London

Lisa Nevell, Ph.D. 2008
Dissertation title: “Hominin cranial base evolution and genes implicated in basioccipital development: role of Pax7, Fgfr3 and Disp1 in basioccipital development and integration”
Current position: Research Fellow, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Alexandra de Sousa, Ph.D. 2008
Dissertation title: “Hominoid brain organization: histometric and morphometric comparisons of visual brain structures”
Current position: Research Fellow, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Paul Constantino, Ph.D. 2007
Dissertation title: “Primate masticatory adaptations to fracture-resistant foods”
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Marshall University

Robert McCarthy, Ph.D. 2004
Dissertation title: “Constraints on primate craniofacial growth and architecture”
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Benedictine University

Felicitas (Wiedemann) Bidlack, Ph.D. 2003
Dissertation title: “The temporal resolution of oxygen stable isotope analyses in dental enamel”
Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, The Forsyth Institute