Kelly Ostrofsky

Kelly Ostrofsky

Email:
kro7@gwu.edu
Kelly Ostrofsky is interested in postcranial functional morphology and anatomy, particularly as it relates to the locomotor behavior of early hominins. Her current research aims to characterize locomotor behavior in wild African apes in a way that better informs functional interpretations from skeletal anatomy. By better understanding locomotion and posture in closely related African ape taxa, we are better equipped to make functional inferences about morphological variation, which will ultimately provide insight into the evolution of locomotor diversity in our fossil ancestors.
 

Education

B.S., Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University, 2012


Year Entered GW Program: 2013

Advisor: Sergio Almécija

Publications

Journal Articles
 
Hatala, K.G., Roach, N.T., Ostrofsky, K.R., Wunderlich, R.E., Dingwall, H.L., Villmoare, B., Green, D.J., Harris, J.W.K., Braun, D.R., and Richmond, B.G. (2016). Footprints reveal direct evidence of group behavior and locomotion in Homo erectus. Sci Rep 6(28766). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep28766
 
Roach, N.T., Hatala, K.G., Ostrofsky, K.R., Villmoare, B., Reeves, J.S., Du, A., Braun, D.R., Harris, J.W.K., Behrensmeyer, A.K., and Richmond, B.G. (2016). Pleistocene footprints show intensive use of lake margin habitats by Homo erectus groups. Sci Rep 6(26374). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep26374
 
Ostrofsky, K.R. and Churchill, S.E. (2015) Sex determination by discriminant function analysis of lumbar vertebrae. J Forensic Sci. 60(21). http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1556-4029.12543
 
Williams, S.A., Ostrofsky, K.R., Frater, N., Churchill, S.E., Schmid, P., and Berger, L.R. (2013) The vertebral column of Australopithecus sediba. Science 340(6129). http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1232996
 
Book Chapters
 
Richmond, B.G., Roach, N.T., and Ostrofsky, K.R. (2016). Evolution of the Early Hominin Hand. in (Kivell, T., Lemelin, P., Richmond, B.G., Schmitt, D., eds) The Evolution of the Primate Hand: Perspectives from Anatomical, Developmental, Functional, and Paleontological Evidence. Springer.
 
Conference Abstracts
 
Roach, N.T., Hatala, K.G., Ostrofsky, K.R., Villmoare, B., Reeves, J.S., Du, A., Braun, D.R., Harris, J.W.K., Behrensmeyer, A.K., and Richmond, B.G. (2016). Homo erectus paleoecology and behavior based on 1.5 million year old footprints from northwestern Kenya. Am J Phys Anthropol 159, S62: 270.
 
Ostrofsky, K.R., and Richmond, B.G. (2015). Manual proportions in Australopithecus: A comparative analysis including new material from Sterkfontein. Am J Phys Anthropol 156, S60: 243.
 
Richmond, B.G., Roach, N.T., Hatala, K.G., Ostrofsky, K., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Bobe, R., Braun, D.R., Reeves, J., Kiura, P., and Villmoare, B. (2015). What can footprint assemblages tell us about early hominin habitat preferences and social behavior? Am J Phys Anthropol 156, S60: 266.
 
Roach, N.T., Hatala, K.G., Ostrofsky, K.R., Reeves, J., Behrensmeyer, A.K., and Richmond, B.G. (2015). Hominin paleoecology and land use based on 1.5 Ma footprint surfaces at Ileret, Kenya (abstract, Paleoanthropology Society)
 
Ostrofsky, K.R., Williams, S.A., Churchill, S.E., Berger, L.R., and Richmond, B.G. (2014). Australopith lumbar vertebral morphology: Insights from Australopithecus sediba. Am J Phys Anthropol 153, S58: 202.
 
Richmond, B.G., Hatala, K.G., Behrensmeyer, A.K., Bobe, R., Braun, D.R., Dingwall, H.L., Green, D.J., Kiura, P., Ostrofsky, K., Roach, N.T., Villmoare, B.A., Wunderlich, R.E., and Harris, J.W.K. (2014). Hominin size, behavior, and ecology based on 1.5-million-year-old footprint assemblage from Ileret, Kenya. Am J Phys Anthropol 153, S58: 221.
 
Ostrofsky, K.R., and Churchill, S.E. (2013). Sex determination by discriminant function analyses of lumbar vertebrae. Am J Phys Anthropol 150, S56: 212.
 
Williams, S.A., Churchill, S.E., Ostrofsky, K.R., Schmid, P., Frater, N., and Berger, L.R. (2013). The number of vertebrae in early hominins: insights from Australopithecus sediba. Am J Phys Anthropol 150, S56: 292.

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Research Experience

2015-present Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project, Karisoke Research Center, Rwanda. Supervisor: Shannon McFarlin. Collaborating institutions: The George Washington University, Rwandan Office of Tourism and National Parks, the New York University College of Dentistry, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

2013 -2014 Koobi Fora Field School and Research Project, Intern, The George Washington University and the National Museums of Kenya

2012 Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Physical Anthropology Adopt-A-Student Intern, National Museum of Ethiopia, supervised by Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie

2011 Dmanisi Paleoanthropology Field School, Georgian National Museum, Dmanisi Field Network, and Wellesley College

2012 Undergraduate honors thesis: “Sexual dimorphism in the lumbar vertebrae: Application to Australopithecus sediba,” Duke University, Advisor: Dr. Steven Churchill

Distinctions

2016 Zelma Reidling Warren Bannister and William Warren Graduate Fellowship Award, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($500)
 
2016 Lewis N. Cotlow Award, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($1,800)
 
2015 Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society ($1,000)
 
2015 Lewis N. Cotlow Award, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($1,800)
 
2014 Zelma Reidling Warren Bannister and William Warren Graduate Fellowship Award, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($1,950)
 
2014 Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, The George Washington University Chapter ($700)
 
2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ($32,000/year for 3 years)
 
2011 Deans’ Summer Research Fellowship, Trinity College, Duke University ($2,500)