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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

In Memoriam: Brad Goodhart

The Leakey Foundation
It is with profound sadness that we share with you the passing of Brad Goodhart, the devoted husband of the Foundation’s Grants Officer Paddy Moore-Goodhart. Brad Goodhart and Paddy Moore-Goodhart on one of their many adventures. Brad had an enduring love for Africa’s people and nature, having led over 100 tours of East Africa over the past 35 years. He was a Board Member of the African Orphansmore »
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
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12.16.14

Grantee Spotlight: Elizabeth Tinsley Johnson

Grantee Spotlight
May 2014 (dry season): Geladas come off the cliffs, where they sleep at night, and regroup at the top. They often take an hour or so to socialize and rest before heading off to forage. Pictured (left to right): graduate student Morgan Gustison; field assistant Esheti; field manager Megan Gomery. Photo by E. Tinsley Johnson.
In the spring of 2013 Elizabeth Tinsley Johnson, PhD candidate from the Universitymore »
12.01.14

From the Field: Oliver Paine, Cradle Nature Reserve, South Africa

From the Field
Recent studies have suggested that C4 plants played a larger role in early hominin diets than previously believed, thus making a systematic effort to determine the costs and benefits of C4 plants for hominin consumption that much more important in helping to model early hominin dietary behavior. The following is a short update from Leakey Foundation spring 2014 grantee Oliver Paine,University of Coloradomore »
11.19.14

Ta ̈ı chimpanzees anticipate revisiting high-valued fruit trees from further distances

Baldwin Fellows, Journal Article
Baldwin Fellow Simone Dagui Ban is a PhD student from the Félix Houphouët Boigny University in Côte d’Ivoire. Following the 2010-11 election crisis that made studying in her home country impossible, Ban was given the opportunity to study at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology for one year.  She was awarded her first Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowship in the spring ofmore »
11.17.14

Grantee Spotlight: Philip A. Slater

Grantee Spotlight
In spring of 2013 Philip A. Slater, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois, was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant for his project entitled “Planning and technological organization in the Kenyan MSA and LSA.”  The following is a short update on his progress. Small and intentionally dug hole that contained about 550 artifacts. The people at the site (~94,000 years ago) appearedmore »
11.14.14

From the Field: Anne E. Russon, Kutai National Park, Borneo

From the Field
Anne E. Russon and her team have been collecting field data on east Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus morio) at the newly established Bendili study area (northern border of Kutai National Park) since January 2010. Russon has been awarded two grants by The Leakey Foundation for her study of the ranging behavior and diet of this population, which due to the harsh environment is considered to be the extrememore »