Meagan Vakiener

Meagan Vakiener

Email:
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Meagan Vakiener is interested in feeding ecology, particularly early life dietary transitions such as weaning. She combines dental histology 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 modified with Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, 2012


Year Entered GW Program: 2014


Advisor: Shannon C. McFarlin

Publications

Journal Articles

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

McFarlin SC, Reid DJ, Vakiener M, Arbenz-Smith K, Cranfield MR, Stoinski TS, Bromage TG, Mudakikwa A (2017). Comparison of histological and radiographic assessments of molar developments in Virguna mountain gorillas from Rwanda, International Symposium on Dental Morphology.

Abavandimwe D, Eckardt W, Galbany J, Vakiener M, Mudakikwa A, Ndagijimana F, Stoinski TS, McFarlin SC (2018). Development of feeding behavior in Virunga mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), International Primatological Society Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya.

Galbany J, Abavandimwe D, Eckardt W, Vakiener M, Mudakikwa A, Ndagijimana F, Stoinski TS, McFarlin SC (2018). Body growth variability in immature mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), International Primatological Society Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya.

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.

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.

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 gorilla, G. beringei graueri, G. beringei beringei). American Society of Primatologists and International Primatological Society Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Vakiener M, Cranfield MR, Stoinski TS, Arbenz-Smith K, Reid DJ, Bromage TG, Mudakikwa A, McFarlin SC (2016). Dental emergence in a naturally-accumulated skeletal collection of Virunga mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) from Rwanda, American Society of Primatologists and International Primatological Society Joint Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Vakiener M, Endicott KM, Endicott P, Dominy NJ (2015). Carbon and oxygen isotope ratios discriminate coastal and inland tropical foragers, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156.

Dominy NJ, Vakiener 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

2017 – present Predoctoral Fellow, Nutrition Lab at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park, Washington, DC

2016 Research Intern, Nutrition Lab at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park, Washington, DC

2015 - present Research Assistant, Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project; Director: Shannon McFarlin, in collaboration with Rwandan Office of Tourism and National Parks, NYU College of Dentistry, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project

2015 Research Intern, Plasma Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Geology Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

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

2013 - 2014 Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

2013 Stable Isotope Ratio Facility for Environmental Research, Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

2012 Research Assistant, Simpona, Marojejy National Park, Antsiranana, Madagascar

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

Understanding the Public’s Understanding of Science

Mental Disorder in Academia: Chicken or the Egg?

Surviving Science

Distinctions

2018 Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation, $5,700

2018 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation $20,444

2018 Research Grant, The Leakey Foundation $11,135

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, $2,400

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

2014 - 2015 Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Fellowship, The George Washington University, National Science Foundation

2014 Travel Grant for the Orang Asli Symposium, Keene State University, $100

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