Student Blog

Image of the poles as they may have been 56 million years ago, ice-free. Photo from National Geographic Magazine.

Seeing the Past in the Future

As I approach the New Year, I have been inundated with thoughts of change: personal, political, social, and, always at the top of my mind, climate change.

andrill (Mandrillus sphinx) at the San Francisco Zoo ©the author

Asking Big Questions for Primatology

In a program dedicated to interdisciplinary (or, according to paleoanthropologist and recent invited speaker Curtis Marean , “transdisciplinary”) research, CASHP scientists an


The Ghosts in the Collection

In my previous entries for this blog I have mostly focused on the fieldwork aspects of archaeology, particularly my and my peers’ travels in Africa during the summer field season.

Students playing soccer with the locals in the dried up Il Eriet river in 2007.

“Jam Session” in the Field

Do you know the story of “Under Pressure,” the 1981 rock hit recorded by Queen and David Bowie?

Kate McGrath at Crater Lake, Mt. Visoke, Rwanda

How to Excavate a Gorilla with a Spoon

Although I am just a ‘first year’ CASHP student, I spent my summer in the field with my advisor, Dr.

Chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park

Interdisciplinary Adventures in Tanzania

One of the best parts about being a CASHP graduate student is the endless research opportunities available to us. These opportunities can come in any form, and are rarely predictable.


Primates! An ASP Conference Report

The American Society of Primatologists held their 2012 meeting in Sacramento, California. Conferences have a way of re-igniting excitement and giving rise to research ideas.

Safari sunset

Safari Njema

The academic year here at GW is officially over; classes and exams are done, all of the undergraduate anthropology students have gone, and the graduate students are preparing for the summer.

SciFest 2012

Igniting Curiosity in Children at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

As I wrap up my first year of graduate school, I can’t help but be reflective.

Laura Reyes looking frustratingly at a microscope

Microscope Games

I’ll set the scene for you: It’s late afternoon, and I’m in the lab, alone. Well, not exactly alone. It’s me and the microscope. How could I even forget?

This is one of the computer tasks given to apes and children: these items are inherently ordered (by size), and we are intereste

How do you Choose? Use Visible Cues!

February was an exciting month, and March promises to be equally stimulating!

PhD Comic

Stand Back! I’m Doing Science.

Who decides what kinds of science are important? Who picks the projects that get funded, get published, or get taught?  Who decides the future of practicing science?

Genome sequencing

Examining the Molecular Evolution of the Human Phenotype Using Comparative Genomic Methods

Last month Kevin talked about the “bipolar” lives of paleoanthropologists.