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Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Lauren Schroeder and learn what it takes to study the skulls of early humans. This short interview is part of The Leakey Foundation’s weekly video series Lunch Break Science.
About Lauren Schroeder
Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Lauren Schroeder (PhD, University of Cape Town) is an assistant professor of biological anthropology at the University of Toronto. She joined University of Toronto after completing a postdoctoral appointment in evolutionary morphology at the University at Buffalo. Her research involves the application of evolutionary quantitative genetics approaches to reconstruct the evolutionary processes underlying the variation in cranial and mandibular hominin fossil remains. She has previously been involved in both the Malapa (Australopithecus sediba) and Rising Star (Homo naledi) projects as part of the research team studying the fossil hominin discoveries from these sites. In addition to her research, Dr. Schroeder is dedicated to efforts related to equity and inclusivity in biological anthropology, specifically the goal of creating amore welcoming and supportive academic space for scholars from racialized and diverse backgrounds. Dr. Schroeder also was awarded a Baldwin Fellowship from The Leakey Foundation.
About Lunch Break Science
Lunch Break Science is a weekly online series featuring short lectures or interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists, followed by Q&A with you, the viewing audience.
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