Andrew Du

Andrew Du



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. 


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

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


See Publications page.

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


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”