Four Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images of pig teeth, labeled A, B, C, D

Results? Why, man, I have gotten results! Optical Coherence Tomography doesn’t work on teeth

Teeth are abundant in the human fossil record because enamel and dentine are both highly mineralized, facilitating the transition from tissue to fossil.


Some unsolicited advice on import permits for primatologists -- and a short story

During the summer of 2018, I boarded a plane and headed off to Madagascar for the second time.


Self-care in the present: My future self will thank me

I always thought I was good at self-care. I did my laundry, I ate regularly, and I would get more than enough sleep.


Managing time and not losing your mind during a short field season

Time management is an important key for success in academia, and failing to manage your time damages your effectiveness and can exacerbate stress.


How Anthropology Informs Us

I never thought I would study anthropology. For a long time, I believed that anthropologists were people watchers whose contributions to science were interesting but did not have much application.


What's in a Face?

The coyote came to me in a box—just her head—wrapped with care by a hunter on the other side of the country.


The Logistics of Fieldwork

Fieldwork has been a prominent fixture throughout my career in as an archaeologist. Since 2008 I have spent every summer doing fieldwork.

Grant Deadline Season- the Spookiest Time of the Year

It’s almost Halloween and what could be scarier then talking about money as a graduate student? I have chills just typing this sentence. How do I get money to fund my summer research?


The Devastating Impact of Hunting Snares

Pictured here is a young male bonobo whom researchers named Ulrich.

Laurence Dumouchel with committee members

A View from the Other Side

When I first considered writing a blog about the experience of getting my Ph.D., I thought I would be able to provide life-changing advice or deep thoughts about the transformative process through

Victoria Lockwood

Life Across the Pond: Being an International Student at CASHP, GWU

I moved to DC from the UK last year to begin studying for my PhD at the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) at the George Washington University (GWU).

Elaine Guevara

A Quick Guide to Epigenetics

Recently, I’ve spent time at the National Museum of Natural History engaging with the public about my dissertation research on comparative primate epigenetics.


On the Privilege of Pursuing Higher Education

As a 32 year-old first-year Master’s degree student hopefully en-route to a PhD program, I have done a lot of soul-searching in the past few months.



I sat down to write this January blog post within the first hour of being asked to volunteer to write a blog back in the beginning of November.


Considering Lemurs on Our Quest to Understand Human Evolution

  “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent,

but the one most responsive to change.”