Why are we interested in learning about our evolution? What is the importance of communicating human evolution research?
Join The Leakey Foundation and paleoanthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner for a discussion on the importance of communicating human evolution science. Briana Pobiner discusses her outreach activities and research in science education, which are part of her broader science communication efforts on human evolution with various public audiences. Dr. Pobiner is the recipient of the 2021 AAPA & Leakey Foundation Communication Award in honor of Camilla M. Smith.
This live-streamed lecture is part of The Leakey Foundation’s Speaker Series on Human Origins and sponsored by The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and Camilla and George Smith.
About the Event
This event features a 45-minute live-streamed lecture by Dr. Briana Pobiner followed by a 15-minute Q&A session featuring live viewer questions.
Dr. Briana Pobiner is a research scientist and Museum Educator in the Human Origins Program of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a Leakey Foundation grantee. Dr. Pobiner’s research centers on the evolution of human diet (with a focus on meat-eating), but has included topics as diverse as chimpanzee carnivory and cannibalism in the Cook Islands. She has done fieldwork in modern ecosystems, conducted excavations, and studied fossil collections in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Indonesia, and Romania.
About the AAPA and Leakey Foundation Communication Award in Honor of Camilla M. Smith
The American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) and Leakey Foundation Communication Award in honor of Camilla M. Smith is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding public communication and educational outreach efforts in the field of biological anthropology. The award was established in 2019 to recognize the importance and urgency of promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respect and understanding for the variation, adaptation, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives.