Meagan Vakiener

Meagan Vakiener

Email:
mvakiener@gwu.edu

Meagan Vakiener is interested in feeding ecology, particularly early life dietary transitions such as weaning. She plans on combining tooth microanatomy with chemical analyses to investigate the timing of weaning in extant primates, with the hopes of applying these methods to the human fossil record

Education

BA, Anthropology, Dartmouth College, 2012


Year Entered GW Program: 2014


Advisor: Shannon C. McFarlin

Publications

Galbany J, Abavandimwe D, Vakiener M, Eckardt W, Mudakikwa A, Ndagijimana F, Stoinski TS, McFarlin SC (2017). Body growth and life history in wild mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) form Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 163:570-590.

Conference Abstracts:

Boyle E, Dumouchel L, Lee S, McGrath K, Peña A, Vakiener M, McFarlin SC, Sherwood C (2017). Diversity in Science at GW’s Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology. The George Washington University Diversity Summit, Washington, DC.

McFarlin SC, Galbany J, Vakiener M, Abavandimwe D, Cranfield MR, Echardt W, Mudakikwa A, Ndagijimana F, Stoinski TS (2017). Dental emergence in wild Virgunga mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) from Rwanda, American Journal of Primatology.

Galbany J, Abavandimwe D, Caillaud D, Vakiener M, Nishuli R, Mudakikwa A, Ndagijimana F, Stoinski TS, Breuer T, McFarlin SC (2016). Body growth variability in wild gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorillaG. beringei graueriG. beringei beringei). American Society of Primatologists and International Primatological Society Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Vakiener, M.M., Cranfield, M.R., Stoinski, T.S., Arbenz-Smith, K., Reid, D.J., Bromage, T.G., Mudakikwa, A., McFarlin, S.C. (2015). Dental emergence in a naturally-accumulated skeletal collection of Virunga mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) from Rwanda. International Primatological Society and American Society of Primatologists Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Vakiener, M.M., Endicott, K.M., Endicott, P., Dominy, N.J. (2015). Carbon and oxygen isotope ratios discriminate coastal and inland tropical foragers. The American Association of Physical Anthropologists 84th Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

Dominy, N.J., Vakiener, M.M. (2014). Stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratios reveal signature of coastal foraging: the Agta and Batek compared. Orang Asli Symposium, Keene State University, Keene, NH.

Research Experience

2016 National Zoological Park Research Intern, Nutrition Laboratory, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, DC

2015 - present Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project, The George Washington University, Rwandan Office of Tourism and National Parks, NYU College of Dentistry, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project

2015 Visiting Researcher, Plasma Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Geology Department, University of Maryland

2015 Research Assistant, Amboseli Baboon Skeletal Project, Amboseli National Park, Kenya

2013 - 2014 Department of Anthropology and Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Laboratory Research Assistant

2012 Simpona, Silky Sifaka Conservation and Research, Marojejy National Park, Antsiranana, Madagascar, Field Research Assistant

2011 Aditu Mortuary Archaeology Field School, Uharte-Arakil, Navarre, Spain

2011 St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research Field School, St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles


CASHP Blog Entries

Surviving Science

Distinctions

2017 Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University, $768
 
2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
 
2016 Zelma Reidling Warren Bannister and William Warren Graduate Fellowship Award, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University, $500
 
2016 Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University, $1,800
 
2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
 
2015 James F. Nacey Fellowship Award, The Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation ($2,600)
 
2015 Zelma Reidling Warren Bannister and William Warren Graduate Fellowship Award, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($1,000)
 
2015 Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University ($1,750)
 
2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
 
2014 Travel Grant for the Orang Asli Symposium, Keene State University
 
2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention
 
2008 - 2012 National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Dartmouth College Chapter
 
2008 - 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Academic Honors