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Presenting Our Spring 2015 Grantees

On April 25th The Leakey Foundation’s Board of Trustees convened for our Spring Granting Session. The Board unanimously approved the twenty-two research grants our Scientific Executive Committee presented as recommended for funding.

Here are a few numbers from our Spring 2015 Granting Cycle:

There were 101 research grant applications: 37% were categorized as behavioral, 63% were paleoanthropology. Over 460 reviews were submitted to our grants department during this cycle.

We would like to congratulate all of our new grantees, and we look forward to sharing news and information about them and their research along the way!

Here are The Leakey Foundation’s Spring 2015 Grantees:

Iulia Badescu, University of Toronto:  Investigating the infant nutritional development of wild chimpanzees

Stephanie Bogart, University of Southern California:   Savanna chimpanzee ecology at MARS (Mount Assirik Research Site)

Marina Davila-Ross, University of Portsmouth:  Systematically testing facial thermal imaging as a most sensitive and reliable novel technology to directly compare subtle emotion changes in apes and humans

Harold Dibble, University of Pennsylvania:  New excavations at La Ferrassie (Dordogne, France): The final season

Kelsey Ellis, University of Texas at Austin:  Grouping dynamics of woolly monkeys (Lagothrix poeppigii) in Amazonian Ecuador

Davide Faggionato, Iowa State University:  Molecular and functional analysis of vision in three hominin species

Tyler Faith, University of Queensland:  Middle Stone Age of the Gwasi and Uyoma Peninsulas, Kenya

Halszka Glowacka, Arizona State University:  Biomechanical constraints on molar emergence in primates

Avi Gopher, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University:  Continued excavation in Middle Pleistocene Qesem Cave, Israel

Ashley Hammond, Stony Brook University:  Reconstructing phenotypic change of the pelvis in apes and humans

John Hoffecker, University of Colorado at Boulder:  The geochronology of the earliest Upper Paleolithic in Eastern Europe

Karline Janmaat, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  The ecological intelligence of human rainforest foragers

Carolina Mallol, Universidad de La Laguna:  Neandertal fire technology

Rebecca Miller, University of Liege:  The Middle-Upper Paleolithic transition at Trou Al’Wesse (Belgium)

Thierra Nalley, California Academy of Sciences:  Ontogeny of the thoracolumbar transition in extant hominoids and Australopithecus

Marco Peresani, University of Ferrara:  Rediscovering the Uluzzian in Italy

Susan Perry, University of California, Los Angeles:  Life histories of wild capuchins in Lomas Barbudal, Costa Rica

Gabrielle A. Russo, Stony Brook University:  Elucidating the evolutionary pathways of hominin basicranial morphology using a formal phylogenetic comparative primate approach

Christopher Stevenson, Virginia Commonwealth University:  Hydration dating of Late Pleistocene archaeological sites in eastern Africa

Paola Villa, University of Colorado Museum:  Uluzzian technology in Central Italy: From neandertals to modern humans

Amelia Villaseñor, George Washington University:  The biogeography and behavioral ecology of hominins in Pliocene Eastern Africa: A macroecological perspective

Nicolas Zwyns, University of California, Davis:  Human response to the Late Pleistocene climate change in Northern Mongolia: The Upper Paleolithic site of Tolbor 16



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