Scientific Executive Committee
These scientists review all grant applications and the outside peer reviews to provide the Board of Trustees with recommendations for grant awards.
Dr. Francis Brown
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Dr. Brown is Dean of the College of Mines and Earth Science, as well as Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Known for correlating and dating some of the major hominid-bearing deposits in East Africa, Dr. Brown’s interests range from using the most modern geophysical techniques to an understanding of the environment in which early man evolved.
Dr. Richard G. Klein
Stanford University, CA
Dr. Klein is a Professor of Anthropological Sciences. Dr. Klein’s scientific interests lie in the interrelationship of cultural, biological and environmental change in human evolution, especially the reconstruction of environment, ecology and human behavior from animal remains.
Dr. John G. Fleagle
State University of New York, Stony Brook
Fleagle is Professor of Anatomical Sciences. Dr. Fleagle is known for his expertise on the early evolution of monkeys, apes and humans, and brings together a knowledge of primate behavior, morphology and functional anatomy in addition to his extensive primatological and paleoanthropological work in Asia, Africa and North and South America.
Dr. Alexander H. (Sandy) Harcourt
University of California, Davis
Dr. Harcourt is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of California at Davis. After many years studying the behavior and ecology of gorillas, Dr. Harcourt’s research moved to the evolutionary biology of reproduction, and of cooperation, and now his interests have turned to biogeography, including the biogeography of humans.
Dr. Kristen Hawkes
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Dr. Hawkes is a professor and currently Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. A sociobiologist, her research and theoretical interests lie in evolutionary and behavioral ecology, and she is a leader in the study of contemporary hunter-gatherers.
Dr. Meave Leakey
National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
Living in Kenya since 1965, Dr. Leakey’s research has focused on fossils recovered from the long-term field work in the Turkana basin and includes the evolution of monkeys, apes, carnivores and mammalian fauna. She continues to find evidence of the very earliest hominins.
Dr. Joan Silk
University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Silk’s research interests are wide ranging and include biological anthropology, primate behavior, and evolutionary biology. She is especially interested in how natural selection shapes social evolution in primates. Her recent focus is on behavioral and reproductive strategies of female bonnet macaques and baboons. Joan is a prolific writer, an author of over 80 publications and co-author of a current biological anthropology text.
Dr. Steven Kuhn
University of Arizona
Dr. Kuhn is Professor and Co-Director of Graduate Studies in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He is currently conducting collaborative archaeological fieldwork and laboratory projects investigating Paleolithic sites and assemblages in Turkey, Greece and Tucson. His work focuses on paleolithic archaeology and human evolution; social and ecological contexts for evolutionary change in hominid technologies.
Dr. Daniel Lieberman
Dr. Lieberman is Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Chair of the Biological Anthropology Department, while also serving on the Curatorial Board of the Peabody Museum. Dr. Lieberman is recognized as a leading expert on morphology and is especially interested in when, how and why early hominins first became bipeds, and then became so exceptional as long distance endurance runners.
Dr. Robert Seyfarth
University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Seyfarth is an expert on primate social behavior, communication, cognition. In 1977, together with his wife and collaborator Dorothy Cheney, he began an 11 year field study of vervet monkeys in Kenya, which led to the publication of How Monkeys See the World. From 1992 through 2007 Dr. Seyfarth and Dr. Cheney studied baboons in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. In 2007, they published Baboon Metaphysics.
Dr. John Mitani
University of Michigan
Dr. Mitani is the James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor and Associate Chair of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is a primate behavioral ecologist who investigates the behavior of our closest living relatives, the apes. His current research involves studies of an extremely large community of wild chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda.
Dr. Terry Harrison
New York University
Dr. Harrison is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at NYU. He is the Director of NYU’s Center for the Study of Human Origins. Dr. Harrison is a biological anthropologist specializing in primate and human paleontology, evolutionary morphology, and paleoecology. His broader research interests include the evolutionary history of hominoids and cercopithecoids, and the comparative anatomy and functional morphology of primates.
Scientific Executive Committee Emeritus
Dr. Irven Devore