Assistant Professor

About

  • Office Hours:

    Thursday 9am-12pm in GSB 312
  • Role:

    Faculty
  • Position:

    • Assistant Professor
    • Undergraduate Coordinator
  • Concentration:

    • Biological Anthropology
  • Department:

    • Anthropology and Geography
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. in Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University
    • M.Phil. in Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University
    • B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology, Rutgers University
  • Curriculum Vitae:

Biography

I am a paleoanthropologist interested in the ecology of ancient hominins. My main research focus involves studying how the formation of the fossil record biases paleoecological patterns. I use quantitative methods to study these biases and to account for them when making paleoecological inferences.

Interests: paleoanthropology, human evolution, paleoecology, macroecology, macroevolution, taphonomy, mammals, Plio-Pleistocene, eastern Africa, quantitative methods.

Current projects:

(1) Understanding how time-averaging alters the ecological information contained within fossil mammal assemblages. This is done in collaboration with Dr. Kay Behrensmeyer (Smithsonian) by analyzing her 50-year mammal skeletal dataset from Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

(2) Documenting large mammal diversity patterns through time and across space in the Omo-Turkana Basin, eastern Africa.

(3) Because the incompleteness of the fossil record ensures the spatial and temporal distribution of hominin species is underestimated, I use quantitative models to infer their "true" spatiotemporal distribution.

Courses

  • Human Origins and Variation (undergraduate)

  • Human Evolution (undergraduate)

  • Contemporary Issues in Biological Anthropology (graduate)

  • Research Design & Analysis in Anthropology (graduate)

  • Paleoecology (graduate)