Andrew Du

Andrew Du

Email:
andrewdu@gwmail.gwu.edu

Background

Andrew Du is interested in the ecological context of hominin evolution. He uses macroecological method and theory in order to understand how paleo-communities were assembled and structured across space 1.5 million years ago in East Turkana, northern Kenya. The ultimate goal is to see how hominins partitioned their behavioral activities across the paleo-landscape in this ecological context. Parallel interests include studying modern ecological landscapes as informative analogues for paleo-landscapes. 

Education

B.S. with Highest Research Honors in Evolutionary Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, Rutgers University, 2009


Year Entered GW Program: 2010
Advisor: Anna K. Behrensmeyer

Publications

See Publications page.

Journal articles

Miller, J.H., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Du, A., Lyons, S.K., Patterson, D., Tóth, A., Villaseñor, A., Kanga, E., Reed, D. (2014) Ecological fidelity of functional traits based in species presence-absence in a modern mammalian bone assemblage (Amboseli, Kenya). Paleobiology 40: 560-583.

Blois, J.L., Gotelli, N.J., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Faith, J.T., Lyons, S.K., Williams, J.W., Amatangelo, K.L, Bercovici, A., Du, A., E, J.T., Graves, G.R., Jud, N., Labandeira, C., Looy, C., McGill, B., Patterson, D., Potts, R., Riddle, B., Terry, R., Tóth, A., Villaseñor, A., Wing, S. (2014) A framework for evaluating the influence of climate, dispersal limitation, and biotic interactions using fossil pollen species associations across the late Quaternary. Ecography 37:1-14.

Haslam, M., Hernandez-Aguilar, A., Ling, V., Carvalho, S., de la Torre, I., DeStefano, A., Du, A., Hardy, B., Harris, J., Marchant, L., Matsuzawa, T., McGrew, W., Mercader, J., Mora, R., Petraglia, M., Roche, H., Visalberghi, E., Warren, R. (2009) Primate Archaeology. Nature 460: 339-344.

 

Published abstracts

Du, A., DeStefano, A., Harris, J.W.K., Braun, D.R., Carvalho, S. (2009) Actualistic studies on defining traces on stone anvils and implications to recognizing anvils in the archaeological record. "Abstracts of the PaleoAnthropology Society 2009 Meetings." PaleoAnthropology 2009:A9-A10.

Du, A., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Blumenschine, R.J., Faith, J.T. (2011) Landscape neotaphonomic studies and East African carnivore guild structure: modeling hominin scavenging opportunities.  "Abstracts of the PaleoAnthropology Society 2011 Meetings." PaleoAnthropology 2011: A10.

Du, A., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Blumenschine, R.J., Faith, J. T. (2011) Landscape neotaphonomy and East African carnivore guild structure: modeling hominin scavenging opportunities. Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstracts and Program: 101.

Lyons, S.K., Faith, J.T., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Amatangelo, K.L., Blois, J., DiMichele, W.A., Du. A.,Eronen, J.T., Gotelli, N.J., Graves, G.R. (2011) A comparison of plant and mammal community structure from deep time to the recent. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 31.

Du, A., Faith, J.T., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Patterson, D.B., Villaseñor, A. (2012) The effects of craniodental sampling on ecological variables in modern and fossil mammal landscape assemblages. Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstracts and Program: 89.

Du, A., Faith, J.T., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Patterson, D.B., Villaseñor, A. (2012) Paleoecological implications of sampling methodology in landscape fossil assemblages. Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology: 110.

Patterson, D.B., Du, A., Villaseñor, A., Bobe, R., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Reed, D. (2012) Taphonomic comparison of modern East African owl pellets and the Kanapoi fossil micromammal assemblage. "Abstracts of the PaleoAnthropology Society 2011 Meetings." PaleoAnthropology 2012: A26.

Weng, Y., Sun, F., Fluegeman, R.H., Du, A., Onasanya, S.O., Parker, B., Pethe, S. (2012) A case study of using iPhone to digitally record geologic field data at BSU Summer Field Camp. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 44, No. 7.

Blois, J.L., Gotelli, N.J., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Faith, J.T., Lyons, S.K., Williams, J.W., Amatangelo, K.L., Bercovici, A., Du., A., Eronen, J., Graves, G.R., Jud, N., Labandeira, C., Looy, C., McGill, B., Patterson, D., Potts, R., Riddle, B., Terry, R., Tóth, A., Villasenor, A., Wing, S (2013). The influence of climate and dispersal limitation on the stability of biotic associations across the late Quaternary. Abstracts of the International Biogeography Society 2013 Meetings: 29-30.

Bobe, R., Villaseñor, A., Patterson, D., Du, A. (2013) Geographic and temporal variation in East African Plio-Pleistocene mammals. Abstracts of the Society for American Archaeology: 70.

Ashley, G.M., Ndiema, E., Spencer, J.Q.G., Du. A., Lordan, P.T., Kiura, P.W., Harris, J.W.K. (2014) A cultural revolution in hunter-gatherer subsistence strategies likely linked to Holocene climate change: applications of OSL dating to archeology. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 46, No. 4.

Du, A., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Bobe, R. (2014) Degrees of bias in the collection of vertebrate paleoecological data: comparing and reconciling different scales from multiple collection methods. The Paleontological Society Special Publications NAPC Abstracts 13: 10.

Du, A., Zipkin, A., Hatala, K.G., Baker, J., Bianchi, S., Renner, E., Bernal, K., Wood, B. (2014) Quantifying the tempo and mode of hominin cranial capacity evolution taking into account dating and measurement error.Paleoanthropology 2014.

Lyons, S.K., Blois, J., Gotelli, N.J., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Faith, J.T., Amatangelo, K.L., DiMichele, W.A., Du. A., Eronen, J.T., 2014. Patterns of co-occurrence of plant and mammal species across critical intervals. The Paleontological Society Special Publications NAPC Abstracts 13: 53-54.

Miller, J., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Du, A., Lyons, S.K., Patterson, D.B., Tóth, A, Villaseñor, A., Kanga, E., Reed, D. (2014) Ecological fidelity of functional traits based on presence-absence in the mammalian bone assemblage of Amboseli National Park, Kenya. The Paleontological Society Special Publications NAPC Abstracts 13: 9.


CASHP Blog Entries

Reconstructing Paleoenvironments at Olorgesaile, Southern Kenya

Research Experience

2007-present Koobi Fora Research Project, George Washington University, Rutgers University, and National Museums of Kenya

2013 Live-Dead Fidelity Study of Modern Bone Assemblages, Tsavo East National Park, Kenya

2013 Paleobiology Database Intensive Workshop in Analytical Methods, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

2012 Geology Field Camp, Ball State University, Northern Rockies, United States

2011 Petrified Forest Triassic Project, Arizona, Columbia College Chicago and Smithsonian Institution

2010 Olorgesailie Middle Stone Age Project, Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution and National Museums of Kenya

2009 Olduvai Landscape Paleoanthropology Project, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

2009 Undergraduate Honors Thesis: Recognizing stone anvils in the archaeological record: an actualistic approach, Advisor: Dr. Jack Harris
 

Distinctions

2014 Philip J. Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Award 

2013 The Explorers Club, Exploration Fund: “The Tana River Ecosystem as a Modern Analogue for Ancient Hominin Habitats”

2013 Explorers Club Washington Group, Exploration and Field Research Grant: “The Tana River Ecosystem as a Modern Analogue for Ancient Hominin Habitats”