People

Coordinators of the Center

 

Director of Internal Administration
David Braun

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biological Anthropology
Carson Murray

Director of University and External Relations
Alison Brooks

 

 


Department Directory

Core Faculty

W. Andrew Barr

W. Andrew Barr

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Paleoecology, Ecomorphology, Paleoanthropology

Brenda J. Bradley

Brenda J. Bradley

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Evolutionary genomics, Molecular ecology, Primatology

David R. Braun

David R. Braun

Professor of Anthropology
Archaeology, Paleoanthropology, Africa

Alison S. Brooks

Alison S. Brooks

Professor of Anthropology
Paleolithic archaeology, Paleoanthropology, Ethnoarchaeology

Shannon C. McFarlin

Shannon C. McFarlin

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Primate life history evolution, Growth and development, Hard tissue biology

Carson M. Murray

Carson M. Murray

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Primate social behavior, Mother-infant relationships, Female competition

Chet C. Sherwood

Chet C. Sherwood

Professor of Anthropology
Evolutionary neuroscience, Cerebral cortex, Primates

Francys Subiaul

Francys Subiaul

Associate Professor of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Social cognition, Imitation learning

Bernard A. Wood

Bernard A. Wood

University Professor of Human Origins
Human evolution, Comparative morphology, Dental morphology

Resource Faculty

In addition to core faculty members, CASHP includes resource faculty members based at other GW departments, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and National Zoological Park, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and elsewhere. These individuals collaborate with core CASHP faculty, provide laboratory rotations and other training opportunities for students and serve on PhD dissertation committees.

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History Collaborators

Anna K. Behrensmeyer
Senior Research Geologist and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Briana L. Pobiner
Research Scientist and Education Program Specialist, Human Origins Program

Richard Potts
Curator of Biological Anthropology, Peter Buck Chair of Human Origins Director

 

The George Washington University

 


Other Institutions

  • Rui Diogo, Associate Professor of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine
  • David Hunt, Assistant Collections Manager, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Marilyn R. London, Forensic Anthropologist, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Lydia Luncz, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Rob O'Malley, Project Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science 
  • David B. Patterson, Faculty in Biology, University of North Georgia

 

  • Michael L. Power, Conservation Biology Institute, Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park
  • Christopher B. Ruff, Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Douglas Ubelaker, Curator of Physical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Erin Marie Williams-Hatala, Associate Professor of Biology, Chatham University
  • Jonathan G. Wynn, Associate Professor, School of Geosciences, University of South Florida

 

 


Former Students and Postdocs

Shara Bailey – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University

Katharine Balolia – Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, Australian National University

Nicole Barger - Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine

Sarah Barks – Director, STEM Career Community, Grinnell College

Susana Carvalho – Associate Professor of Palaeoanthropology, School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford

Christine Charvet – Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Delaware State University

Paul Constantino – Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Michael's College

Aida Gómez-Robles – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University College London

Adam Gordon – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, State University of New York

Mark Grabowski – Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

Elaine Guevara – Assistant Research Professor, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Ashley Hammond – Assistant Curator and Assistant Professor, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History

Rachel Jacobs – Wildlife Forensic Scientist, National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory

Fenna Krienen – Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Genetics, Harvard University

Michael Lague – Associate Professor of Biology, School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Stockton University

A. Catherine Markham – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Stony Brook University

Shannon McPherron – Senior Scientist - Research Group Leader, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Julio Mercader – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary

Gerard Muntané Medina – Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Pere Virgili (IISPV) / Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (UPF), University Pompeu Fabra

Rob O'Malley – Project Director, Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Melissa Panger – Senior Science Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency

Osbjorn Pearson – Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico

Varsha Pilbrow – Lecturer, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne, Australia

John Polk – Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Neil Roach – Lecturer, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Paul Sandberg

Natalie Schenker-Ahmed – Staff Scientist, Human Longevity, Inc.

Gary Schwartz – Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Muhammad Spocter – Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Des Moines University

Nicky Staes – Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Research and Conservation, Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp & Behavioural Ecology and Ecophysiology Group, University of Antwerp

Margaret Stanton – Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of New England

Dietrich Stout – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University

David Strait – Professor, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Christian Tryon – Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut

Andrey Verendeev – Science Writer, BrainPOP

Brian Villmoare – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Erin Vogel – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University

Erin Marie Williams-Hatala – Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Chatham University

Barth Wright – Professor, Department of Anatomy, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

 

Former PhD Students

Eve Boyle, Ph.D. 2019
Dissertation title: Testing hypotheses about the relationship between diet and torso morphology in extant primates:  Implications for human evolution 
Current position: Science & Technology Policy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Sean Lee, Ph.D. 2019
Dissertation title: Female activity budgets and offspring development in wild bonobos and chimpanzees
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, The George Washington University

Enquye Negash, Ph.D. 2019
Dissertation title: Woody cover in modern African ecosystems: Implications for hominin landscape dynamics
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, The George Washington University

Kelly Ostrofsky, Ph.D. 2019
Dissertation title: Using behavioral and kinematic methods to characterize arboreal behavior of Bwindi mountain gorillas
Current position: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jonathan Reeves, Ph.D. 2019
Dissertation title: Movement ecology and hominin behavioral evolution: perspectives from East Turkana 
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tübingen

Laurence Dumouchel, Ph.D. 2018
Dissertation title: A multi proxy analysis of Australopithecus anamensis paleoecology in the Omo Turkana Basin
Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

Kate McGrath, Ph.D. 2018
Dissertation title: From the inside out: Understanding stress-related enamel defects in great ape canines
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State University

Vance Powell, Ph.D. 2018
Dissertation title: Patterns of variation and covariation in anthropoid limb proportions: Implications for interpreting the hominin fossil record
Current position: Instructor of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine

Cassandra Turcotte, Ph.D. 2018
Dissertation title: Behavioral reconstruction and the effects of habitual activity on the bone-muscle interface
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, New York University

Kaitlin Wellens, Ph.D. 2018
Dissertation title: Social behavior in wild male chimpanzees: development and maternal relationships
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Trinity Washington University

Chrisandra Kufeldt, Ph.D. 2017
Dissertation title: Trees from teeth: investigating the potential of dental microstructure for phylogeny reconstruction
Current position: Adjunct Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Jordan Miller, Ph.D. 2017
Dissertation title: Chimpanzee third party behavior: insights into the evolution of human conflict management
Current position: Senior Business Analyst, IdeaRoom

Kathryn Ranhorn, Ph.D. 2017
Dissertation title: Cultural transmission and lithic technology in Middle Stone Age Eastern Africa
Current position: Assistant Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Laura Reyes, Ph.D. 2017
Dissertation title: Tool-use and the chimpanzee brain: an investigation of gray and white matter, and a focused study of inferior parietal microstructure
Current position: Scientific Program Analyst, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health

Amelia Villaseñor, Ph.D. 2017
Dissertation title: Diversity in the Middle Pliocene: a multi-proxy analysis of climate's effect on vegetation and mammalian community structure with implications for human evolution
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas

Andrew Du, Ph.D. 2016
Dissertation title: The role of scale and ecological inference: implications for interpreting hominin paleoecology
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Colorado State University

David Patterson, Ph.D. 2016
Dissertation title: Ecosystem evolution and hominin ecology between 2.0 and 1.4 Ma at East Turkana, northern Kenya
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Georgia

Jennifer Baker, Ph.D. 2015
Dissertation title: From comparative genomics to synthetic biology: using ancestral gene reconstruction approaches to test hypotheses regarding proximate mechanisms in our evolutionary history
Current position: Program Manager, Illuminating the Druggable Genome, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH

Serena Bianchi, Ph.D. 2015
Dissertation title: Neuroanatomical correlates of attention-getting sounds in captive chimpanzees: towards understanding the evolution of flexible, learned, vocal communication
Current position: Editor, SFARI, Autism BrainNet, Simons Foundation

Elizabeth Renner, Ph.D. 2015
Dissertation title: Social and asocial learning in humans and orangutans 
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Durham University, UK

Andrew Zipkin, Ph.D. 2015
Dissertation title: Material symbolism and ochre exploitation in middle stone age east-central Africa
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Amy Bauernfeind, Ph.D. 2014
Dissertation title: Comparative protein expression of human and chimpanzee brains
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Kevin Hatala, Ph.D. 2014
Dissertation title: Fossil hominin footprints and the dynamics of footprint formation
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Chatham University

Habiba Chirchir, Ph.D. 2013
Dissertation title: When and why did low trabecular bone density evolve in humans? A comparative and experimental study of trabecular density
Current position: Assistant Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, Marshall University

Kes Schroer, Ph.D. 2013
Dissertation title: The role of extant primate models for interpreting premolar crown variation in fossil hominins
Current position: Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Felicia Gomez, Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation title: Genetic variation at ICAM-1 and CD36: a study of malaria resistance candidate loci in diverse global human populations
Current position: Instructor of Medicine, Division of Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Nicolaas Fourie, Ph.D. 2012
Dissertation title: Hair cortisol in wild and captive primates: environmental effects and behavioral phenotypes
Deceased

Janine Chalk-Wilayto, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: The effects of feeding strategies and food mechanics on the ontogeny of masticatory function in the Cebus libidinosus cranium
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Mercer University School of Medicine

Erin Marie Williams-Hatala, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: Biomechanical strategies during Oldowan and Acheulean stone tool production
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Chatham University

Rui Diogo, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: Origin, homologies and evolution of primate head, neck, pectoral and upper limb muscles and the use of myological characters to investigate the phylogenetic relationships within the primate clade
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine

J. Tyler Faith, Ph.D. 2011
Dissertation title: Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions in Southern Africa’s Cape Floral region
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Utah

David Green, Ph.D. 2010
Dissertation title: Shoulder functional anatomy and development: implications for interpreting early hominin evolution
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Amanda Henry, Ph.D. 2010
Dissertation title: Plant foods and the dietary ecology of Neandertals and modern humans
Current position: Associate Professor, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University

Catherine Haradon, Ph.D. 2010
Dissertation title: The ecological context of the Achulean to Middle Stone Age transition in Africa
Current position: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, California State University, Northridge

Nicole Griffin, Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation title: Comparative forefoot kinematics and bone architecture in extant hominids
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Lisa Nevell, Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation title: Hominin cranial base evolution and genes implicated in basioccipital development: role of Pax7, Fgfr3 and Disp1 in basioccipital development and integration
Current position: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Boston University

Robin Teague, Ph.D. 2009
Dissertation title: The ecological context of the Early Pleistocene hominin dispersal to Asia
Current position: Olde Ipswitch Tours

Matthew Skinner, Ph.D. 2008
Dissertation title: Enamel-dentine junction morphology in extant hominoid and fossil hominin lower molars
Current position: Reader in Biological Anthropology, University of Kent, UK

Alexandra de Sousa, Ph.D. 2008
Dissertation title: Hominoid brain organization: histometric and morphometric comparisons of visual brain structures
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Bath Spa University, UK

Paul Constantino, Ph.D. 2007
Dissertation title: Primate masticatory adaptations to fracture-resistant foods
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Saint Michael's College

Robert McCarthy, Ph.D. 2004
Dissertation title: Constraints on primate craniofacial growth and architecture
Current position: Associate Professor of Biology, College of Science, Benedictine University

Felicitas Bidlack, Ph.D. 2003
Dissertation title: The temporal resolution of oxygen stable isotope analyses in dental enamel
Current position: Associate Member of Staff, The Forsyth Institute

Former Master's Students

Nicholas Burns, M.S. 2020
Thesis title: Is there evidence of competitive exclusion in eastern African later Miocene mammalian communities?
Current position: 

Leanne Chambers, M.S. 2019
Thesis title: Follow the leader: correlates of juvenile leadership in wild chimpanzees
Current position: Teacher, Fusion Academy, Washington D.C.

Louis Gorgone, M.S. 2019
Thesis title: Ecological divergence in the medial cuneiform and talus of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei)
Current position: Part-time teaching faculty, Adelphi University Department of Anthropology

Ayla Riley-Horst, M.S. 2019
Thesis title: Subadult sex determination of the ilium in human populations from sub-Saharan Africa
Current position: 

Courtney Sexton, M.S. 2019
Thesis title: Face to Face: Impacts of Expressive Communication and Domestication on Eye Muscle Morphology in Canids
Current position: Ph.D. Program in Human Paleobiology, GW

Samantha Lubrano, M.S. 2018
Thesis title: Is there sexual dimorphism in canine crown shape among extant hylobatids?
Current position: Associate Product Manager, ProQuest

Angela Peña, M.S. 2018
Thesis title: Patterns of integration and modularity in the homonoid wrist
Current position: Program Assistant, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Daniel Wawrznyiak, M.S. 2018
Thesis title: Evolution of body size in the diverse lesser ape
Current position: Data Analyst, JDSAT Operations Research & Big Data Sciences

Christyna Solhan, M.S. 2011
Current Position: Exhibition Developer and Project Manager, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Nick Lonergan, M.Phil. 2009
Current Position: Liaison Librarian for the Sciences, Dickenson College

Balazs Horvath, M.S. 2006
Thesis title: Beyond Absolute Brain Size? The Allure of Allometry and the Encephalization Quotient