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06.05.19

Introducing the 2019 Baldwin Fellows

Grants
The Leakey Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships and the Baldwin Fellowship Funded by the National Geographic Society. 
06.05.19

Introducing Our Spring 2019 Grantees

Grants
On May 4, 2019, The Leakey Foundation's board of trustees unanimously approved 35 grant proposals for funding. We are proud to introduce our spring 2019 research grant recipients, and we look forward to sharing news and information about them and their research.
08.15.18

The Great Migration

Grants, The Leakey Foundation
We are happy to report The Leakey Foundation's grants department has now migrated to the cloud version of our granting software, Grantmaking. Read on to learn more about some of the changes you may experience moving forward.
08.07.18

Grantee Spotlight: Steffen Mischke

Grantee Spotlight
Steffen Mischke of the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2017 cycle for his project entitled "Environment of early hominins outside of Africa:  The Nihewan Basin."
07.24.18

Grantee Spotlight: Kevin Hatala

Grantee Spotlight
Kevin Hatala is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Chatham University. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in our fall 2017 cycle for his project entitled “Paleoecological investigation of 1.5 Ma footprint sites near Nariokotome, Kenya.”
07.10.18

Grantee Spotlight: Stephanie Musgrave

Grantee Spotlight
Stephanie Musgrave, Department of Anthropology, Washington University in Saint Louis, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Ontogeny of complex tool use among Goualougo Triangle chimpanzees." 
06.26.18

From the Field: Mae Goder-Goldberger, Israel

From the Field
Mae Goder-Goldberger, from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2017 cycle for her project entitled "The site of Far'ah II, western Negev, and the MP-UP transition."
06.12.18

Grantee Spotlight: Meagan Vakiener

Grantee Spotlight
Meagan Vakiener was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2017 for her project entitled "Weaned age in gorillas using trace element distributions in teeth." She is a PhD candidate at George Washington University. 
06.06.18

Introducing the 2018 Baldwin Fellows

Grants, The Leakey Foundation, Baldwin Fellows
This spring we awarded a record number of Baldwin Fellowships. The prestigious Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowship was established in 1978 to provide scholars from developing countries with the opportunity to receive training abroad in the fields of paleoanthropology and primatology. The spring 2018 Baldwin Fellows include scholars from Ethiopia, India, Iran, South Africa, and Tanzania.
05.29.18

Grantee Spotlight: Emma Finestone

Grantee Spotlight
Emma Finestone is a PhD candidate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2017 cycle for her project entitled "Examining the Oldowan through time on the Homa Peninsula."
05.15.18

From the Field: Rachel Perlman, Ethiopia

From the Field
Rachel Perlman was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle  for her project entitled “The energetics of male reproductive strategies in geladas (Theropithecus gelada).”  Here she updates us on her field work in Ethiopia. 
04.15.18

From the Field: Kelsey Pugh

From the Field
Kelsey Pugh was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “Mid-Late miocene hominoid phylogeny: Implications for ape and human evolution.”
04.03.18

From the Field: Julie Lesnik

From the Field
Julie Lesnik was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for her project entitled “An evaluation of termite-associated hydrocarbon signatures as an influence on prey selectivity and an ecological signal for chimpanzees and Olduvai hominins.”
03.27.18

Grantee Spotlight: Marianne Brasil

Grantee Spotlight
The timing, location, and circumstances of the origin of modern humans has long been of interest, and ongoing studies continue to refine our understanding of early modern human evolution. Leakey Foundation grantee Marianne Brasil is a PhD candidate from the University of California at Berkeley who is studying the skeletal morphology of early Homo sapiens from Middle Awash, Ethiopia.
03.13.18

From the Field: Carrie Miller, Ethiopia

From the Field
Carrie Miller was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2017 cycle for her project entitled “Does paternity certainty elicit protection and support of offspring by male gelada monkeys?”
02.27.18

Grantee Spotlight: Sam Patterson

Grantee Spotlight
Sam Patterson, PhD candidate from Arizona State University, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant for the project entitled "Maternal predictors of infant developmental trajectories in olive baboons."
02.13.18

From the Field: Hilary Duke, Kenya

From the Field
Hilary Duke was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant in the fall of 2016 for her project entitled "Taking shape: Investigating the earliest Acheulean at Kokiselei, Kenya (1.8-1.76Ma)." Last year we shared a summary of her work. Here she updates us on her progress!  
01.09.18

Grantee Spotlight:  Thomas Plummer

Grantee Spotlight
Thomas Plummer is a professor of anthropology at Queens College, City University of New York, and a member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in our spring 2017 cycle for his project entitled “Excavation of ca. 2.6 Ma Oldowan sites at Nyayanga, Kenya.”
01.02.18

Grantee Spotlight: Sean Lee

Grantee Spotlight
How can chimpanzees and bonobos help us understand human evolution? Leakey Foundation grantee Sean Lee is collecting data on behavioral development and physical growth from wild populations of chimpanzees and bonobos in order to study how behavioral differences evolved in these species.
12.26.17

Grantee Spotlight: Deming Yang

Grantee Spotlight
What can fossil pig teeth teach us about human evolution? Deming Yang is a PhD candidate from Stony Brook University. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2017 cycle for his project entitled "Isotopic variability among Plio-Pleistocene Turkana suids:  Paleoenvironments and hominin evolution."
12.19.17

Grantee Spotlight: Megan Petersdorf

Grantee Spotlight
Megan Petersdorf is a PhD candidate from New York University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2017 cycle for her project entitled "The reproductive ecology of the little-known Kinda baboon."
12.12.17

From the Field: Abigale Koppa, Kenya

From the Field
Abigale Koppa was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Nutritional and mechanical properties of Kenyan savanna and wetland plants."
12.05.17

From the Field: Nicole Herzog, Senegal

From the Field
What do chimpanzees do after a fire? Nicole Herzog was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Chimpanzees in fire-altered landscapes:  Investigating foundations for hominin fire exploitation."
11.07.17

Grantee Spotlight: David Samson

Grantee Spotlight
David Samson is from the University of Toronto, Mississauga. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring cycle for his project entitled "What drives sleep flexibility? A comparative investigation of circumpolar and equatorial hunter-gatherers." 
10.31.17

Grantee Spotlight: Carrie Miller

Grantee Spotlight
Carrie Miller is a PhD candidate from the University of Minnesota. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2017 cycle for her project entitled "Does paternity certainty elicit protection and support of offspring by male gelada monkeys?"
10.19.17

Grantee Spotlight: Joel Bray

Grantee Spotlight
Joel Bray is a PhD candidate from Arizona State University. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation Grant to study the role of development and early social experiences in male chimpanzee social behavior.
10.12.17

Grantee Spotlight: Laura Abondano

Grantee Spotlight
We are excited to begin sharing the work of our spring 2017 grantees! Here we have Laura Abondano, who was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant for her project entitled "Mating strategies of female lowland woolly monkeys in Amazonian Ecuador."
09.06.17

Primate Tales: Scarlet, Booker, and Jolie

Primate Tales
Rachna Reddy was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle. Here we have a short story about a few of the chimps Rachna has been following in Kibale National Park, Uganda. 
08.24.17

From the Field: Matt Tocheri, Indonesia

From the Field
Matt Tocheri was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2016 cycle for his project entitled “New archaeological excavations at Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia)." Here he updates us on the beginning of his 2017 field season. 
08.10.17

Grantee Spotlight: Matt Tocheri

Grantee Spotlight
Matt Tocheri was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2016 cycle for his project entitled “New archaeological excavations at Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia).”
08.07.17

From the Field: Kathryn McGrath

From the Field
Kathryn McGrath was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant in our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “Understanding stress-related enamel defects in wild mountain gorillas.” Here she updates us on her progress. 
08.03.17

Primate Tales: The Story of Moth, a White-Faced Capuchin

Primate Tales
The first installment of our Primate Tales series is the story of Moth, a male capuchin monkey that lives in Costa Rica. Moth was born into Rambo’s group in 1992. The circumstances of his birth were somewhat unusual, as he is one of very few individuals born into this population who was not sired by the alpha male.
07.13.17

The Fall Grant Deadline Approaches!

Grants
Our grants department is already receiving plenty of inquiries and quite a few letters of recommendation for our PhD candidate applicants, so I know there is a lot of grant writing going on around the world right now. While you get those proposals submitted, I thought I would share with you a few pointers.
06.21.17

From the Field: Marie-Hélène Moncel, Italy

From the Field
Marie-Hélène Moncel was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “Early evidence of Acheulean bifacial technology in Europe. New fieldwork at Notarchirico (Italy).”
06.13.17

From the Field: Julien Louys, Sumatra

From the Field
In 1887 M. Eugène Dubois set out to what was then the Dutch East Indies in search of the missing link. More than a century later, Leakey Foundation Grantee Julien Louys followed in Dubois' footsteps to look for fossils in the caves of Sumatra.
04.11.17

From the Field: Jason Lewis

From the Field
Last year we introduced you to Leakey Foundation Research grantee Jason Lewis who was awarded during our spring 2016 cycle for his project entitled "Pleistocene & Holocene archaeological assemblages from Kisese II Shelter, Tanzania." Here he updates us on his team's progress!
04.07.17

Spring Granting Cycle Update

Grants, The Leakey Foundation
I am sure many of you who have applied this spring are wondering what is going on over there at The Leakey Foundation. So, I thought I would tell you about the different stages of our spring cycle and give you an idea of where we are right now.
04.05.17

Grantee Spotlight: Meike Zemihn

Grantee Spotlight
Language is one of the prime facets of human nature and distinguishes us from other species. Nevertheless, its evolutionary origins are still largely unknown. What makes human language unique and why are we the only species that has it? Meike Zemihn is a Leakey Foundation grantee who is working to trace the origins of language.
03.21.17

Grantee Spotlight: Ron Shimelmitz

Grantee Spotlight
Ron Shimelmitz is a research fellow at the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our summer 2016 cycle for his project entitled "New excavations at Skhul Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel."
03.07.17

Grantee Spotlight: Liza Moscovice

Grantee Spotlight
Liza Moscovice was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Explaining patterns of within and between-group cooperation among LuiKotale bonobos."
02.28.17

Grantee Spotlight: Thierry Smith

Grantee Spotlight
Thierry Smith is a research team leader at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our fall 2016 cycle for his project entitled “Diversity and relationships of earliest Euprimates from Tadkeshwar Mine, India.”
02.21.17

Grantee Spotlight: Emma Mbua

Grantee Spotlight
Emma Mbua is a Kenyan paleoanthropologist who has been working at Kantis Fossil Site (KFS), a paleontological site on the outskirts of Nairobi in Kenya which has been dated to 3.5 million years old.
02.14.17

Grantee Spotlight: Piotr Fedurek

Grantee Spotlight
Piotr Fedurek is a PhD candidate from the University of Roehampton. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2016 cycle for his project entitled "The effect of social integration on physiological stress levels in a small-scale society."
02.07.17

Grantee Spotlight: Hilary Duke

Grantee Spotlight
Hilary Duke is a PhD candidate from Stony Brook University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Taking shape: Investigating the earliest Acheulean at Kokiselei, Kenya (1.8-1.76Ma)."
01.03.17

Grantee Spotlight: Marie-Hélène Moncel

Grantee Spotlight
Marie-Hélène Moncel is a director of research at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Early evidence of Acheulean bifacial technology in Europe. New fieldwork at Notarchirico (Italy)."
12.29.16

Grantee Spotlight: Rachna Reddy

Grantee Spotlight
Rachna Reddy is a PhD candidate from the University of Michigan. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "The development of male reproductive strategies in wild chimpanzees."
12.27.16

From the Field: Laurence Dumouchel

From the Field
Laurence Dumouchel is a PhD candidate from George Washington University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2016, and she was kind enough to send us an update on her progress as well as an insight into how she works.
12.20.16

From the Field: Dorothée Drucker

From the Field
My work takes place in the lab where bone samples are prepared for isotopic analysis. To reconstruct diet, carbon-13 and nitrogen-15 are measured to establish the origin of the dietary proteins. Collagen, the main protein in bone, is extracted from the bone sample after several steps of cleaning and purification.
12.15.16

Grantee Spotlight: Rachel Perlman

Grantee Spotlight
Rachel Perlman is a PhD candidate from Stony Brook University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "The energetics of male reproductive strategies in geladas (Theropithecus gelada)."
11.28.16

The Holidays are Here!

The Leakey Foundation, Support Us
Now is the perfect time to make a gift to The Leakey Foundation in support of science. Two generous donors have offered the foundation a matching challenge! Every donation made to The Leakey Foundation will be matched 1:1 up to one million dollars.
11.22.16

Grantee Spotlight: Jason Lewis

Grantee Spotlight
Jason E. Lewis is a Research Assistant Professor wth the Turkana Basin Institute and Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant for his project entitled “Pleistocene & Holocene archaeological assemblages from Kisese II Shelter, Tanzania.”
11.15.16

Grantee Spotlight: Laurence Dumouchel

Grantee Spotlight
Laurence Dumouchel is a PhD candidate from George Washington University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2016 for her project entitled "The environments of the earliest obligate biped, Australopithecus anamensis." Here we have a summary of her work.
11.08.16

Grantee Spotlight: Katharine Burke

Grantee Spotlight
Katharine Burke is a PhD candidate from the University at Buffalo. In the spring of 2016 she was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant for her project entitled “Social network, personality and physiological stress levels in juvenile rhesus.” Here she has provided us with a summary of her work.  I am investigating possible links between social support, personality and stress buffering… more »
11.04.16

Grantee Spotlight: Ekwoge Abwe

Grantee Spotlight
Ekwoge Abwe was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for his project entitled "Behavioral diversity with genetic and ecological variation in chimpanzees, Cameroon." Here he gives us a summary of his project. Stay tuned for news from the field!
10.27.16

From the Field: Thomas Kraft

From the Field
Thomas Kraft was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for his project entitled "Shifting co-residence and interaction patterns in a transitioning hunter-gatherer society." Here he updates us on his latest field season.
10.26.16

In Defense of Science

The Leakey Foundation
As I helped put together our issue-based fundraising appeal letter last week, I was struck by the sentence at the top of the page. “Science is under attack in the 21st century.” This is not to imply that this is something new. Science was under attack in the last century and the century before as well. The implication is that science is STILL under attack, and that is what’s unsettling to me. I ask, still?
10.25.16

Feeding Transitions in Wild Infant Chimpanzees

Journal Article
Iulia Badescu was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2015 cycle for her project entitled "Investigating the infant nutritional development of wild chimpanzees." She was recently published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and she was kind enough to summarize the article for our Leakey Foundation Blog.
10.20.16

From the Field: Alecia Carter

From the Field
The Leakey Foundation awarded Alecia Carter a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2016 for her project entitled "Constraints on the evolution of culture: Social information in Namibian baboons." Below she updates us on her 2016 field season.
10.11.16

Grantee Spotlight: Thomas Kraft

Grantee Spotlight
Thomas Kraft was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for his project entitled "Shifting co-residence and interaction patterns in a transitioning hunter-gatherer society."
10.06.16

Grantee Spotlight: Alecia Carter

Grantee Spotlight
Alecia Carter was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Constraints on the Evolution of Culture: Social Information in Namibian Baboons.”
10.04.16

From the Field: Mathew Fox

From the Field
Mathew Fox was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research grant in the spring of 2016 for his project entitled “Paleoenvironments of Homo erectus occupations in the Luonan Basin, China." Here he updates us on his 2016 field season.
09.08.16

Grantee Spotlight: Stephanie Bogart

Grantee Spotlight
Leakey Foundation grantee Stephani Bogart is part of a team that has established a new long-term research site in Senegal’s Niokolo Koba National Park to study how chimpanzees adapt to a savanna environment
09.06.16

From the Field: Genevieve Housman

From the Field
Genevieve Housman was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for her project entitled "Assessment of DNA methylation patterns in primate skeletal tissues." Here she updates us on her progress.
08.30.16

Grantee Spotlight: Mathew Fox

Grantee Spotlight
Mathew Fox, PhD candidate from the University of Arizona, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for his project entitled "Paleoenvironments of Homo erectus occupations in the Luonan Basin, China."
08.17.16

Grantee Spotlight: Evelyn Pain

Grantee Spotlight
Evelyn Pain is currently a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Functions of male woolly monkey morphological variation in Yasuní, Ecuador."
07.27.16

Grantee Spotlight: Amy Lu

Grantee Spotlight
Dr. Amy Lu is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "Understanding weaning trajectories in a wild primate - the gelada."
07.20.16

Grantee Spotlight: Kelsey Pugh

Grantee Spotlight
Kelsey Pugh was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “Mid-Late miocene hominoid phylogeny: Implications for ape and human evolution.” She is a PhD candidate from the City University of New York.  The living great apes, humans, and their fossil relatives (hominids) are among the most intensively studied mammals, yet many aspects… more »
07.13.16

Grantee Spotlight: Nicole Thompson

Grantee Spotlight
Nicole Thompson is a PhD candidate at Columbia University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “The benefits of social connections during development in blue monkeys in Kakamega, Kenya.” We (primates) have strongly differentiated social relationships — not all social partners are created equal, and whom we associate… more »
05.24.16

From the Field: Timothy Campbell

From the Field
Timothy Campbell was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for his project entitled, "Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of Sterkfontein and Swartkrans using rodent postcrania."
04.27.16

Our Auction is Live, and Here’s a 3D Model of One of the Items!

The Leakey Foundation
Last month we featured a blog post by Leakey Foundation grantee Samantha Porter. She and her team had recently published an article entitled “A Simple Photogrammetry Rig for the Reliable Creation of 3D Artifact Models in the Field” in the journal Advances in Archaeological Practice. She was nice enough introduce the article to our readers, describing the technique and the importance of “developing… more »
04.01.16

World Heritage Gone: South African Diamond Mining Destroys Archaeological Sites Daily

Guest Post
George M. Leader of the University of Pennsylvania describes the importance of long term archaeological research at South Africa’s Cantee Kopje, one of many world heritage sites threatened by diamond mining. Archaeologists working in South Africa are fighting a war on multiple fronts. While the whole world continues its love affair with its favorite stone, the diamond, archaeologists are fighting… more »
03.22.16

Grantee Spotlight: Genevieve Housman

Grantee Spotlight
Genevieve Housman is a PhD candidate from Arizona State University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for her project entitled “Assessment of DNA methylation patterns in primate skeletal tissues.” My research centers on understanding how epigenetic changes contribute to physical differences in primates. Within primate epigenetics, I am particularly… more »
03.15.16

Grantee Spotlight: Julie Lesnik

Grantee Spotlight
Julie Lesnik was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for her project entitled "An evaluation of termite-associated hydrocarbon signatures as an influence on prey selectivity and an ecological signal for chimpanzees and Olduvai hominins."
03.08.16

Grantee Spotlight: Corinne Ackermann

Grantee Spotlight
Corinne Ackermann is a PhD candidate from the Université de Neuchâtel. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant for her project entitled "Social bonds and oxytocin in wild juvenile chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)."
02.10.16

Ring in the Lunar New Year with Monkey Cuvée

The Leakey Foundation
In case you haven't heard, our friends at Iron Horse Vineyards have created a special, limited edition “Year of the Monkey” cuvée, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this sparkling wine benefits The Leakey Foundation! Here we have guest blogger Tarin Teno sharing some fun information about Chinese New Year celebrations as well as a few ways to compliment this special wine.
02.09.16

Grantee Spotlight: Jamie Clark

Grantee Spotlight
Jamie Clark (University of Alaska Fairbanks) was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for her project entitled "Early Upper Paleolithic hunting strategies at Mughr el-Hamamah, Jordan."
02.03.16

From the Field: Alia Gurtov

From the Field
With the start of 2016, it is time for a progress update. As I write, I am sitting in a pleasantly overheated café while Madison, WI, withers in 5° F temperatures. This couldn’t feel more different from the conditions in which I first wrote about my research.
02.02.16

Grantee Spotlight: Timothy Campbell

Grantee Spotlight
Timothy Campbell, PhD candidate at Texas A&M, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for his project entitled “Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of Sterkfontein and Swartkrans using rodent postcrania.” Many theories of hominin behavioral and morphological evolution have focused on the environments occupied by early members of our lineage in… more »
01.26.16

Grantee Spotlight: Kaitlin Wellens

Grantee Spotlight
The next grantee from our fall 2015 cycle is Kaitlin Wellens, PhD candidate from The George Washington University. She was awarded a grant for her project entitled “Maternal effects on juvenile chimpanzee social behavior and physiological stress.” Mothers can have a tremendous impact on various aspects of their offspring’s early development, including behavior, stress responses,… more »
01.21.16

From the Field: Alexandra Uhl

From the Field
In the spring of 2014 The Leakey Foundation awarded Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, a research grant for her project entitled “Sex determination in geographically and ontogenetically diverse samples.”  To read a short summary of her work on our blog, click here.  Recently she got in touch with us with a short update. Following the pictures you… more »
01.21.16

Cranial evolution in modern humans and neanderthals

Journal Article
Timothy Weaver was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant in the spring of 2010 for his project entitled “Cranial evolution: Neandertals and modern humans compared to chimpanzees.” Explaining the meaning of skeletal differences between neanderthals and modern humans has been a topic of debate since the discovery of neanderthals in 1856. Differences in cranial morphology have garnered… more »
01.08.16

Validation of an Acoustic Location System to Monitor Bornean Orangutan Long Calls

Journal Article
Brigitte Spillmann, PhD candidate at the University of Zurich, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant in the spring of 2010 for her project entitled “The function(s) of a long-distance signal:  The orangutan long call.” We recently featured a summary of her work along with her research report on our blog. Click here to read the post.  We are now pleased to learn that she has published… more »
12.15.15

Deadline to Register for Tour of France Approaches!

Travel
For many years The Leakey Foundation has been leading tours to some of the most fascinating and significant archaeological and anthropological sites in the world, and 2016 will be no different! We are offering Leakey Foundation Fellows the opportunity to take a journey to France.
11.20.15

Grantee Spotlight: Shannon McFarlin

Grantee Spotlight
  Earlier this fall The Leakey Foundation’s board of trustees, staff and friends had the pleasure of visiting the Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) at The George Washington University. CASHP is a multidisciplinary research center dedicated to the study of human origins, and lucky for us, students and faculty of CASHP were kind enough to give us an extensive tour of their… more »
10.27.15

Origin Stories Episode 06: Being a Nice Animal

Origin Stories
For our sixth episode we have the first in a collection of stories looking at human behavior and how it’s been shaped by evolution.  Dorothy Cheney and Robert Seyfarth share their research on the baboon mind. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/230384817″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true”… more »
10.08.15

From the Field: Rebecca Miller, Belgium

From the Field
Dr. Rebecca Miller (Spring 2015 Grantee), with co-investigators Dr. John Stewart and Dr. Keith Wilkinson, completed this summer’s Leakey Foundation funded field season at the site of Trou Al’Wesse in Belgium. With an enthusiastic and meticulous team of students from the University of Liège, Bournemouth University and Winchester University, as well as two students doing doctoral and Master’s researchmore »
10.06.15

Surprising trunk rotational capabilities in chimpanzees

Journal Article
Nathan Thompson is a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University who was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2014. He and his team were published in this month’s issue of Nature Communications, and he has been kind enough to provide us a brief summary of the article.  Compared to our great ape relatives, humans possess a long and flexible trunk (the part of the body that includes the… more »
09.18.15

From the Field: Nikki Garret

From the Field
Niki Garrett is a PhD candidate from the University of Minnesota. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the fall of 2013 for her project entitled “Compound specific paleoecology of Early Miocene hominoids from East Africa.” Here is a brief description of her research followed by a report from the field. I am interested in the relationship between ecological/climate change… more »
09.09.15

Modern human dispersal on the southern plain of Eastern Europe

Research Report
John Hoffecker John Hoffecker of the University of Colorado has been awarded 13 grants from The Leakey Foundation for his research at various sites in Eastern Europe. He has been awarded three for work at Shlyakh, an open-air Paleolithic site located in the Volgograd region of Russia. The most recent Leakey grant for this site was awarded in the spring of 2013. In August 2013 Hoffecker and his team performed… more »
09.02.15

Tooth eruption and life history in living chimpanzees

Research Report
Tanya Smith (R) and co-PI Zarin Machanda (L)  Tanya Smith , Associate Professor at Harvard was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2012 for her project entitled “Tooth eruption and life history in living chimpanzees.” Tanya Smith and her team study dental development patterns in chimpanzees in order to better understand the evolution of human development.  Previous… more »
08.31.15

Grantee Spotlight: Amelia Villaseñor

Grantee Spotlight
Amelia Villaseñor was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2015 cycle for her project entitled “The biogeography and behavioral ecology of hominins in Pliocene Eastern Africa:  A macroecological perspective.” The East Africa rift valley well known as the home to some to some of our most famous hominin ancestors: from Lucy to the Nutcracker man to the Turkana boy.… more »
08.27.15

From the Field: Claudia Wilke

From the Field
Claudia Wilke
Claudia Wilke is a PhD candidate at the University of York in the United Kingdom. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our fall 2013 cycle for her project entitled “Are cooperative chimpanzees more communicative (Kibale Forest, Uganda)?” Here she gives us an update on her field season and how her research is progressing. My time at Kibale Chimpanzee Projectmore »
08.19.15

Oligocene primates from the Nsungwe Formation of Tanzania

Research Report
Nancy Stevens Nancy Stevens is a professor at Ohio University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2011 for her project entitled “Oligocene primates from the Nsungwe Formation of Tanzania.” The late Oligocene Nsungwe Formation (~25Ma) is located in the Rukwa Rift Basin in southwestern Tanzania. These deposits represent the only late Oligocene primate fossil… more »
08.17.15

Grantee Spotlight: Iulia Badescu

Grantee Spotlight
Iulia Badescu Iulia Badescu is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our 2015 spring cycle for her project entitled “Investigating the infant nutritional development of wild chimpanzees.” I am investigating the infant nutritional development of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) at Ngogo, Kibale National… more »
08.12.15

Micro-CT study of the Pleistocene human fossil teeth from Atapuerca

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María Martinon-Torres at the Atapuerca sites. Photo credit: A. Canet. María Martinon-Torres was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the fall of 2012 for her project entitled “Micro-CT study of the Pleistocene human fossil teeth from Atapuerca.” By allowing researchers to reconstruct the internal structures of fossil dental samples, MicroCT provides a new dataset of… more »
08.10.15

Grantee Spotlight: Davide Faggionato

Grantee Spotlight
Davide Faggionato Davide Faggionato was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2015 cycle for his project entitled “Molecular and functional analysis of vision in three hominin species.” Hominin paleogenomics, the study of genomes retrieved from fossil hominin remains, has revolutionized the way we study human evolution.  For the first time, we can sample DNA from… more »
08.05.15

Origin and Early Evolutionary History of Primates

Research Report
Stephen Chester screening for Paleocene plesiadapiforms and other mammal fossils in Montana. Photo credit:  Eric Sargis As a PhD candidate at Yale University, Stephen Chester was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2010 for his project entitled “Origin and early evolutionary history of primates.” Stephen Chester studies the fossils of plesiadapiforms. Plesiadapiforms … more »
08.03.15

Grantee Spotlight: Ashley Hammond

Grantee Spotlight
Ashley Hammond of the George Washington University was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2015 cycle for her project entitled “Reconstructing phenotypic change of the pelvis in apes and humans.” Ashley Hammond I study how the skeletal anatomy of primates relates to locomotion. The hipbone differs dramatically among living primates adapted for different locomotion, and… more »
07.29.15

Exploration for Early Anthropoids and other Primates in Western Egypt

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Part of the collection of crocodile fossils. Photo credit: Erik Seiffert. Erik Seiffert is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in 2006 for his project entitled “Exploration for Early Anthropoids and other Primates in Western Egypt.” Prompted by studies suggesting that anthropoid… more »
07.27.15

Grantee Spotlight: Rebecca Miller

Grantee Spotlight
Rebecca Miller is a researcher at the University of Liege. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2015 cycle for her project entitled “The Middle-Upper Paleolithic transition at Trou Al’Wesse (Belgium).” Her co-investigators are John Stewart and Keith Wilkinson. Rebecca Miller Trou Al’Wesse (literally ‘cave of the wasp) is a narrow cave… more »
07.23.15

From the Field: Nicole Squyres

From the Field
Nicole Squyres is a PhD candidate from Johns Hopkins University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in our fall 2014 cycle for her project entitled “Morphological variation in the distal femur of modern humans and fossil hominins.” Nicole Squyres The Leakey Foundation Research Grant has funded my travels to several different skeletal collections both within the US and… more »
07.20.15

Grantee Spotlight: Tyler Faith

Grantee Spotlight
Tyler Faith is a researcher from the University of Queensland in Australia. He was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2015 cycle for his project entitled "Middle Stone Age of the Gwasi and Uyoma Peninsulas, Kenya."
07.15.15

Neandertal Fire Technology

Research Report
Carolina Mallol has been awarded three Leakey Foundation research grants for her project entitled “Neandertal fire technology.” Currently she is beginning the field season for her third grant awarded in our spring 2015 cycle, and so we thought we would post the final report from her 2012 grant.  This is an excerpt from the report followed by a link to the report itself.
Carolina Mallol Our ongoing research… more »
07.14.15

From Our Grants Department: The July 15th Deadline for Our Fall Cycle Approaches!

Grants
by H. Gregory The Leakey Foundation office in the Presidio of San Francisco While many of you are busy putting the final touches on your grant application for our fall 2015 cycle, I thought I would post some information you may find handy. For those of you who have not met the The Leakey Foundation grants department staff, Paddy Moore is our grant officer, and I am the grant associate. It is our job to facilitate… more »
07.13.15

Grantee Spotlight: Kelsey Ellis

Grantee Spotlight
Kelsey Ellis is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. During our spring 2015 cycle she was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant for her project entitled “Grouping dynamics of woolly monkeys (Lagothrix poeppigii) in Amazonian Ecuador.” Kelsey Ellis Multilevel societies are recognized as some of the most complex social systems found in nature and have been identified… more »
07.06.15

Grantee Spotlight: Gabriele Schino

Grantee Spotlight
Gabriele Schino was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our fall 2014 cycle for his project entitled “The emotional basis of primate reciprocity.” He and his collaborator Elsa Addessi are from the Institute for Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council in Rome, Italy. Gabriele Schino and Elsa Addessi Reciprocal cooperation is a prominent characteristic… more »
07.02.15

Grantee Spotlight: Halszka Glowacka

Grantee Spotlight
Halszka Glowacka is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University.  She was awarded a grant during our spring 2015 cycle for her project entitled “Biomechanical constraints on molar emergence in primates.”
Halszka Glowacka in Hadar, Ethiopia Human life history is unique among living primates. Humans grow slowly and have long lifespans coupled with short inter-birth intervals, resulting… more »
06.26.15

Grantee Spotlight: Thierra Nalley

Grantee Spotlight
The next grantee from our spring 2015 cycle is Thierra Nalley from the California Academy of Sciences.  Her project is entitled “Ontogeny of the thoracolumbar transition in extant hominoids and Australopithecus.” Thierra Nalley and a digital reconstruction of the fossil hominin DIK 1-1 Walking on two legs, or bipedalism, is a hallmark adaptation of the human lineage. A requirement for… more »
06.23.15

Grantee Spotlight: Karline R. L. Janmaat

Grantee Spotlight
Introducing Karline Janmaat from the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in our spring 2015 cycle for her project entitled “The ecological intelligence of human rainforest foragers.” Karline Janmaat. Photo credit:  Bill Loubelo Many primates have developed mental abilities that help them keep track of when and where… more »
06.21.15

Male rank, not paternity, predicts male–immature relationships in mountain gorillas

Journal Article
Stacy Rosenbaum (University of California at Los Angeles) was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in 2010 for her project entitled “Male-immature relationships in the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei).” Dr. Rosenbaum and her team were recently published in the journal Animal Behaviour, and she was kind enough to provide us with a brief summary of the article. Copyright: … more »
06.19.15

Grantee Spotlight: Gabrielle Russo

Grantee Spotlight
The next spring 2015 Leakey Foundation grantee we would like to introduce you to is Gabrielle Russo from Stony Brook University.  Her project is entitled “Elucidating the evolutionary pathways of hominin basicranial morphology using a formal phylogenetic comparative primate approach.” Gabrielle Russo (R) and collaborator Jeroen B. Smaers The morphology of the basicranium (base… more »
06.17.15

Journal Article: There Is More than One Way to Crack an Oyster: Identifying Variation in Burmese Long-Tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis aurea) Stone-Tool Use

Journal Article
Amanda Tan is a PhD candidate at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the spring of 2013. Here is a summary of her team’s recent paper in PLOS ONE. Researchers Catalog Variation in Stone-Tool Use by Burmese Long-Tailed Macaques Burmese long-tailed macaques living on islands in southern Thailand use 17 different action patternsmore »
06.09.15

From the Field: Benjamin Collins, Grassridge Rockshelter, South Africa

From the Field
Season two field crew (l-r): Cherene De Bruyn, Lisa Rogers, Dr. Christopher Ames, Dr. Benjamin Collins. Photo credit:  Dr. Benjamin Collins. Dr. Benjamin Collins and Dr. Christopher Ames recently concluded a second season of Leakey Foundation-funded excavations at Grassridge rockshelter. The shelter is located at the base of the Stormberg Mountains in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, approximately… more »
06.02.15

Presenting Our Spring 2015 Grantees

Grants
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. … more »
05.28.15

Introducing the Spring 2015 Baldwin Fellows

Grants, The Leakey Foundation, Baldwin Fellows
Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowships are awarded to graduate students who are from developing countries and would like to pursue training and/or education abroad. In providing this opportunity The Leakey Foundation hopes to equip these scholars with the knowledge and experience necessary to assume leadership positions in their home countries where there often exist extraordinary resources… more »
05.05.15

Grantee Spotlight: Sarie Van Belle

Grantee Spotlight
Sarie Van Belle and howler monkeys In December 2014, three time Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Sarie Van Belle, of the University of Texas at Austin, was awarded a research grant for her project entitled “Paternity and kinship in socially monogamous saki and titi monkeys.” This study will examine paternity and kinship patterns in two closely related primate species (the red titi monkey, Callicebusmore »
04.20.15

Behind the Science: C3 or C4, Which One Are You?

Behind the Science, Tutorial
by H. Gregory This is the first in a series of articles written for those of you who might appreciate a little extra background information on the science behind some of the projects we share with you. Enjoy! In this year’s Spring/Summer AnthroQuest we describe how Getty Grant recipient Thure Cerling is using stable isotope analysis of tooth enamel from fossil primates in order to determine the percentages… more »
03.29.15

Grantee Spotlight: Lauren Gonzales

Grantee Spotlight
Lauren Gonzales is a PhD candidate from Duke University.  She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the fall of 2013 for her project entitled “Intraspecific variation in semicircular canal morphology in platyrrhine monkeys.” Lauren Gonzales Understanding the functional relationship between locomotion and the morphology of the semicircular canals is an important adjunct… more »
03.16.15

Grantee Spotlight: Elizabeth Moffett

Grantee Spotlight
We are pleased to introduce Elizabeth Moffett, PhD candidate from University of Missouri, who was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in December 2014 for her project entitled “Birth and its effects on anthropoid pelvic shape and integration.” Elizabeth Moffett Birth selection is thought to be one of the most important pressures shaping the primate pelvis. Yet, it remains unclear… more »
03.03.15

Dominance, energetics and stress in female capuchins in Costa Rica

Research Report
Mackenzie Bergstrom For her PhD dissertation, Mackenzie Bergstrom of the University of Calgary studied 25 adult female capuchins living in three habituated social groups in a tropical dry forest in Sector Santa Rosa (SSR) of the Área de Conservaciόn Guanacaste (ACG) in northwest Costa Rica. To better understand how ecological and social variables affect the physical condition of these New World… more »
02.23.15

Grantee Spotlight: Samantha Porter

Grantee Spotlight
Samantha Porter in the lithics lab at the University of Minnesota The next grantee from our fall 2014 granting cycle is Samantha Porter. She is a PhD candidate from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and her project is entitled “Investigating cultural transmission across the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in Western Europe.” Around 40,000 years ago, anatomically modern… more »
02.09.15

Grantee Spotlight: Maura Tyrrell

Grantee Spotlight
The next fall 2014 grantee we would like to introduce to you is Maura Tyrrell. She is a PhD candidate from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and her dissertation project is entitled “Effect of competition on male coalition patterns in crested macaques.” Maura Tyrrell and a crested macaque My dissertation focuses on the social relationships between… more »
02.04.15

Grantee Spotlight: Naomi Cleghorn

Grantee Spotlight
Naomi Cleghorn, University of Texas at Arlington, was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the fall of 2014 for her project entitled “Investigating a rare Early Later Stone Age site at Knysna, South Africa.” Naomi Cleghorn at Pinnacle Point site 5/6, Mossel Bay, South Africa Despite widespread interest in the potential origins of modern human cognitive, social, and technological… more »
01.29.15

Grantee Spotlight: Shelby S. Putt

Grantee Spotlight
We are happy to introduce another one of our fall 2014 grantees, Shelby S. Putt, PhD candidate from the University of Iowa. Her dissertation project is entitled “Investigating the co-evolution of language and toolmaking:  An fNIRS study.” Shelby S. Putt Our language and cognition are arguably the features that most distinguish us from other species, and yet, we still know so little about… more »
01.26.15

Grantee Spotlight: Amanda Lea

Grantee Spotlight
We are pleased to introduce you to another one of our newest grantees, Amanda Lea, PhD candidate from Duke University.  She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in the Fall of 2014 for her project entitled “Effects of social conditions on DNA methylation and immune function.” Many primates, including humans, live in complex social environments in which both competitive and… more »
01.20.15

Grantee Spotlight: Michael Granatosky

Grantee Spotlight
Michael Granatosky, PhD candidate from Duke University, was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in our most recent granting cycle for his project entitled “Gait mechanics of inverted walking: Implications for evolution of suspensory behavior.”
Michael Granatosky at the Duke Lemur Center Specialized arm-swinging locomotion has arisen independently numerous times during the… more »
01.15.15

Orangutan ranging in Kutai National Park

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Anne E. Russon
York Univesity Anne E. Russon In spring 2012 The Leakey Foundation awarded Anne E. Russon a grant for her long-term study of behavior in east Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus morio) at the Bendili study area (Kutai National Park). This project focused specifically on orangutan ranging, feeding ecology and spatial cognition. Researchers have studied orangutans in the Bendili and nearby… more »
01.06.15

Grantee Spotlight: Alia Gurtov

Grantee Spotlight
Over the next few months we will be introducing you to Leakey Foundation grantees from our Fall 2014 granting cycle. Our first featured grantee is Alia Gurtov, PhD candidate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her project is entitled “Dental microwear analysis of Early Pleistocene hominin foraging seasonality.” 
Alia Gurtov in Rising Star Cave For our Early Stone Age predecessors… more »
12.22.14

Presenting Our Fall 2014 Leakey Foundation Grantees!

Grants
On December 6th The Leakey Foundation’s Board of Trustees convened for our Fall 2014 Granting Session. The Board unanimously approved the twenty-five research grants our Scientific Executive Committee presented as recommended for funding. Here are a few numbers from our Fall 2014 Granting Cycle:
  • There were 75 research grant applications
  • 40% were categorized as behavioral, 60% were paleoanthropology
more »
12.12.14

Survey of bonobos in Tshuapa-Lomami-Lualaba area, Democratic Republic of Congo

Research Report
Paco Bertolani, PhD Candidate
University of Cambridge The Tshuapa-Lomami-Lualaba area (TL2) lies at the eastern edge of the bonobos’ species range in the Congo basin. In what eventually led to the creation of the TL2 Project, Terese and John Hart organized extensive surveys of TL2 starting in 2007. They confirmed the presence of bonobos in this area, estimating a population of over 10,000 individuals.… more »
11.12.14

From the Field: Alexandra Uhl at the StEvE Conference, University of Tübingen

From the Field
Leakey Foundation grantee Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, reports from the StEvE Conference. EvE is a semester seminar series at the University of Tübingen with speakers who talk about their research in Evolution and Ecology. The StEvE conference is organized within the EvE for Students… So St(udents) and EvE = StEVE. Each year StEvE is organized by a different… more »
11.10.14

Grantee Spotlight: Alexandra Uhl

Grantee Spotlight
In the spring of 2014 The Leakey Foundation awarded Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, a research grant for her project entitled “Sex determination in geographically and ontogenetically diverse samples.” My research looks at sexual dimorphism (differences between males and females) in the bony labyrinth, which is the rigid outer wall of the inner… more »