Recent Grantees

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Fall 2019


Rosemary BettleUniversity of Michigan:  The evolution of social intelligence in macaques

Matilda BrindleUniversity College London:  Does masturbation serve an adaptive function in male rhesus macaques?

Rebecca BrittainRutgers, State University of New Jersey:  The role of the gut microbiome in digestion and energy production in wild Bornean orangutans across shifting nutritional landscapes

Margaret Sullivan BuehlerTulane University: Subordinate male roles in primate groups with high reproductive skew


Harmonie Klein, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  Hunting strategy and food sharing in wild central Chimpanzees

Sze Mei Lee, Monash University:  Exploration of olfaction abilities and genetics in Asian indigenous communities

Laura Marie MacLatchyUniversity of Michigan:  Ecological determinants and arboreal feeding positional behavior in Pan troglodytes

Catherine MarkhamStony Brook University:  Competition within primate social groups: Rank effects on energy expenditure

Jerred Klint SchaferThe University at Albany:  The evolution of sex differences in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx): Quantitative genetics of color and size dimorphism

Elizabeth TapanesThe George Washington University:  Hair evolution in a comparative context

Julie TeichroebUniversity of Toronto:  Kinship patterns and mechanisms of male tolerance in a Rwenzori Angolan colobus multi-level society

Linda VigilantMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  Elucidating the hidden kinship structure of wild chimpanzee communities in Uganda


Amanuel Yosief BeyinUniversity of Louisville:  Investigation of Acheulean sites in the Red Sea coastal region of the Sudan

William Eamon CallisonHarvard University:  Adaptations for bipedal gestation: Measuring the effects of pregnancy on thoracic motion during ventilation

Mulugeta FesehaARCCH, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:  Digitizing and distributing the fossil hominin and archaeology collections of the Ethiopian National Museum

Yohannes Haile-SelassieThe Cleveland Museum of Natural History:  Middle Pliocene hominin diversity and the origin of Homo: Collecting crucial fossil evidence from Woranso-Mille, Afar Region, Ethiopia

Arina Mikhailovna KhatsenovichInstitute of Archaeology and Ethnography of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science:  A Levallois refugium in Central Asia: Chronology and causes of conservatism

Alice Leplongeon, FWO Postdoctoral fellow, KU Leuven, Belgium:  Chole rock shelter (Tanzania) and past human-environment interactions at the edge of Lake Victoria

Fredrick ManthiNational Museums of Kenya:  Explorations of the Middle Pleistocene sites in Natodomeri, northwestern Kenya

Kasih Bohdana NormanUniversity of Wollongong:  Rapid discovery and OSL dating of archaeological sites in Timor

Shanti PappuSharma Centre for Heritage Education:  Acheulian evolution and development of the Indian Middle Paleolithic: Continuing research at the stratified sites of Sendrayanpalayam and Kunjavam

Joshua Robert RobinsonBoston University:  Multiproxy paleoecology of ~ 2.35 Ma early Homo from Ethiopia

Christina Macie RyderUniversity of Colorado Boulder:  Saving old bones: Using near-infrared spectroscopy to predict collagen yield in bone.

Eleanor ScerriMax Planck Institute for the Science of Human History:  Unravelling the rainforest: The Pleistocene cultural record of Anyama (Ivory Coast) and its ecological context

Sileshi SemawCentro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH):  Middle to Late Stone Age at Gona, Afar, Ethiopia: New sites 50-10,000 years ago

Mary Katherine ShenkPennsylvania State University:  Estimating fertility, disease, and famine using tooth cementum – a validation study in rural Matlab, Bangladesh

Fernando A. VillaneaBrown University:  Neanderthal and Denisovan introgression in indigenous Americans

Spring 2019


William L. AllenSwansea University:  Character displacement of face appearance in primate evolution

Sofia CarreraUniversity of Michigan:  Early-life adversity: Maternal effects in a wild primate

Natasha Jane CouttsThe University of Western Australia:  Socioecology and the gut microbiome of eastern chimpanzees in Rwanda

John Stephen LansingSanta Fe Institute:  Pilot study of Cave Punan hunter-gatherers of Borneo

Kevin LeeArizona State University:  Do female chimpanzees at Ngogo form social bonds, and why?

Emily J. LevyDuke University:  Early adversity, body size, and immune function in wild baboons

Sheina Lew-LevySimon Fraser University:  Hand-thrown spears: Ballistics, accuracy and learning to hunt among BaYaka Congo Basin foragers

Jayashree MazumderIndian Institute of Science Education and Research:  Exploring tool-use by long-tailed macaques in the Nicobar Islands, India and associated factors

Arijit Pal, University of Lethbridge:  Affordance learning: From object play to tool use?

Sarah Michelle PopeMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  The impact of resource predictability on variation in cognitive flexibility

Gabriele SchinoIstituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche:  Testing the cognitive components of primate cooperation

Christopher A SchmittBoston University:  Modeling the evolution of obesity: Gene expression, dought, and anthropogenic stress in wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus)

Andrew John ZamoraUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst:  Socio-genomic evolution of Sifakas (Propithecus)


Daniel Adler, University of Connecticut:  The Early Pleistocene settlement of Northern Armenia

Andrew William BestUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst:  Diversity and evolution of human eccrine sweat glands

Hervé BocherensUniversity of Tübingen:  Environment of early hominins outside Africa: The Guadix-Baza Basin

Emanuele CancellieriUniversità di Roma:  Archaeology, chronology, and environment of northern Sahara early Middle Stone Age

Mark ConawayUniversity at Buffalo – SUNY:  Hominoid postcranial integration in relation to function and evolutionary history

Darren CurnoeThe University of New South Wales:  Tracing the earliest modern humans in island Southeast Asia

Kimberly FoeckeGeorge Washington University:  Neanderthal diet: Effects of food selection and processing on δ15N

Irene Gallego RomeroThe University of Melbourne:  Functional evaluation of archaic Denisovan variants in Island Southeast Asia

Daniel García MartínezCentro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana:  Covariation of internal and external costal anatomy and its importance for understanding the evolution of the human thorax

Deanna Murphy GoldsteinJohns Hopkins University:  Carpal allometry among African apes and other mammals

Lauren GonzalesUniversity of South Carolina:  Reconstructing the paleoecology of the middle Miocene (>14.7 Mya) site of Maboko Island, western Kenya

Terry HarrisonNew York University:  Paleoanthropological research in the Lower Laetolil Beds, Tanzania

Erella HoversThe Hebrew University of Jerusalem:  Giant core workshops at the Acheulian site of Melka Wakena, Ethiopia

Richard F. KayDuke University:  Recovering Paleogene and early Neogene Primates from Tropical South America

Clare KimockNew York University:  Rhesus macaque canine dimorphism in evolutionary context

Jonathan N. PaigeArizona State University:  Estimating the reliability of stone tools in reconstructing cultural relationships in prehistory

Justin PargeterNew York University:  The archaeological sequence at Boomplaas Cave, South Africa: New light on human adaptations to rapid climate change across the late Pleistocene

Ismael Sánchez MoralesUniversity of Arizona:   Aterian lithic technological variability: Implications for MSA land-use in Morocco

Chalachew SeyoumArizona State University:  Collection and preparation of modern gelada monkey remains from Guassa Community Conservation Area and Simien Mountain National Park, Ethiopia

Irene Smail:  Arizona State University:  Community ecology of living and fossil cercopithecid primates

Elizabeth WerrenUniversity of Michigan:  Human-specific gene expansion during human brain evolution

Yossi ZaidnerHebrew University of Jerusalem:  New Middle Paleolithic human fossils from the Levant: Excavations at Tinshemet Cave, Israel

Fall 2018


Andrew B Bernard, University of Michigan: Effects of climate change on primates, their habitat, and food

Nicolas Brucato, Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier: Adaptive introgression from Denisova at high-altitude in New Guinea

Melanie Rose Fenton, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey: Coercive and affiliative mating tactics in olive baboons

Stephanie Fox, University of New Mexico: Social tolerance and the function of differentiated relationships among wild female chimpanzees

James Higham, New York University: Is cone ratio variation in free-ranging rhesus macaques functional and heritable?

Mareike Janiak, University of Calgary: Understanding adaptive radiation through the evolution of digestive enzymes

Laura Rose Labarge, State University of New York at Buffalo: The ecology of fear in wild samango monkeys

Rachel Petersen, New York University: Sperm preference, ejaculate allocation, and socio-sexual signaling in olive baboons

Amy Scott, Boston University: Sexual conflict and sexual selection in Bornean orangutan reproductive strategies

Sharmi Sen, University of Michigan: Examining the causes and consequences of variation in male reproductive strategies in wild geladas

Kara Walker, Duke University: Female dispersal and philopatry in chimpanzees of Gombe National Park


Christopher Brochu, University of Iowa: Revision of crocodylians from hominid-bearing sites in East Africa

Nicolas Brucato, Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier: Adaptive introgression from Denisova at high-altitude in New Guinea

Miranda Nicole Cosman, University of Michigan: Skeletal ontogenetic responses to positional behavior in Hominoids

Lucile Crété, Bournemouth University: Multiproxy study of ancient antelopes’ diet to investigate past vegetation changes in the Omo-Turkana basin (3.5-1.6 Myr)

Sabrina Curran, Ohio University: Taphonomy and chronology of Pleistocene fossil sites in central Romania

Yolanda Fernandez-Jalvo, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales: Taphonomic study of the onset and evolution of the use of fire at Wonderwerk Cave (South Africa)

Dagmawit Abebe Getahun, City University of New York: Reconstructing the evolutionary history of Theropithecus using skulls and genes

Clifford William Heil, University of Rhode Island: Constraining hominin record through high-resolution paleomagnetic stratigraphy at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

John (Jay) Kelley, Arizona State University: Dental developmental chronologies of fossil catarrhine primates from East Africa

Richard Klein, Stanford University: Dating human skulls from South African fossil hyena dens

Susan Lagle, University of California at Davis: Investigating seasonality in Quina contexts in southwestern France

Fredrick Kyalo Manthi, National Museums of Kenya: Investigations of Middle Pleistocene sites in Natodomeri, northwestern Kenya

Daniela Matos, Institute for Archaeological Sciences (INA): Paleolandscape of the Pleistocene and Holocene of Leba (Southwest Angola)

Emma Nguvi Mbua, National Museums of Kenya: Extending excavations at A. afarensis site at Kantis Fossil Site, Kenya

Faye McGechie, University of Missouri: Functional myology of the primate neck: Implications for hominin evolution

Marie-Helene Moncel, National Museum of Natural History: 700-600 ka: A threshold in human evolution in Europe? Notarchirico (Southern Italy) and the question of the earliest Acheulean techno-complexes

April Nowell, University of Victoria: Protein Residue Analysis and Middle Pleistocene Dietary Adaptations (Azraq, Jordan)

Shanti Pappu, Sharma Centre for Heritage Education: Acheulian evolution and transitions to the Middle Palaeolithic in India

Tomos Proffitt, University College London: The capuchin Stone Age and the emergence of human technology

Gabrielle Russo, Stony Brook University: Excavation of a partial ape skeleton and continued paleontological exploration at Napudet, Turkana Basin, Kenya

Sileshi Semaw, Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana: Continued Investigation of Middle Stone Age (MSA) archaeological sites and associated hominin cranium at Gona, Afar, Ethiopia

Rhiannon Stevens, University College London: Hunting for human and Neanderthal fossils at Kent’s Cavern, England

Spring 2018


Andrea Baden, Hunter College – CUNY:  What drives microbiome development and maintenance in a fission-fusion primate?

Elisa Bandini, University of Tübingen:  Testing for stone flake use in Brazilian wild bearded capuchins

Grace Davis, University of California, Davis:  Leading according to need in a spider monkey fission-fusion society

Sofya Dolotovskaya, The German Primate Center: Does pair-living translate into genetic monogamy in a Neotropical primate?

Benjamin Finkel, University Of Michigan:  Aging apes: Foraging strategies of old chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda

(Ann) Catherine Markham, Stony Brook University:  Hormonal and behavioral signatures of competition within primate social groups

Susan Perry, University of California, Los Angeles:  Capuchin behavioral variability and learning strategies across the lifespan

Sarah Phillips-Garcia, University of New Mexico:  Trade-offs between reproduction and Immune function in female primates

India Schneider-Crease, University of Washington:  Social drivers of health: Early life adversity and immunity in primates

Tauras Vilgalys, Duke University:  Natural selection on gene regulation following admixture in wild baboons

Katherine Wander, Binghamton University (SUNY):  Trade-offs in milk immunity

Erin Weigel, University at Buffalo:  Use of play signals in captive immature western lowland gorillas

Anja Widdig, Leipzig University:  Chemical cues for advertising female fertility in primates

Matthew Zipple, Duke University:  Maternal early adversity, maternal care, and offspring survival


Rachel Bynoe, University of Southampton:  Exploring a submerged Pleistocene site off Happisburgh, UK

Siobhán Cooke, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine:  The evolution of niche differentiation among platyrrhine primates

Dorien de Vries, Stony Brook University:  Dental topographic evolution in primate and rodent radiations

Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University:  New Middle Paleolithic human remains from the southern Levant: the Tinshemet Cave

Jamie Hodgkins, University of Colorado, Denver:  Chronology and ecological conditions of Neandertal disappearance in Liguria, Italy

John Hoffecker, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado:  Modern human dispersal on the East European Plain

Ariel Malinsky-Buller, Romano-Germanic Museum:  Middle Paleolithic seasonal land use adaptations in the Southern Caucasus: Excavations at Kalavan 2 (Armenia)

Lauren Michel, Tennessee Tech University:  Paleoenvironmental reconstructions of the early Miocene Kiahera Formation, Rusinga Island

Agazi Negash, Addis Ababa University:  Obsidian geochemical perspective of the emergence of modern human behavior

Liv Nilsson Stutz, Linnaeus University:  The Early Upper Paleolithic macrobotanical assemblage from Mughr el-Hamamah, Jordan

Abigail Nishimura, Stony Brook University:  Functional morphology and macroevolution of the mammalian cervical vertebral column

Travis Pickering, University of Wisconsin-Madison:  Continued investigations of Oldowan hominin behavior at Swartkrans, South Africa

Kathryn Ranhorn, Harvard University:  High-resolution Late Pleistocene-Holocene excavations at Kisese II Rockshelter, Kondoa (Tanzania)

Hesham Sallam, Mansoura University:  Exploration for Oligocene catarrhines and other primates around Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Mathew Stewart, University of New South Wales:  Palaeontological and archaeological investigations of the Pleistocene fossil deposits of Saudi Arabia

Nicolas Zwyns, University of California, Davis:  Late Neandertal adaptation In North-West Europe: The cave of Trou Al’Wesse (Belgium)

Fall 2017


Brendan Barrett, University of California Davis:  Stone tool use & taxonomic status of Coiba Archipelago capuchins

Leveda Cheng, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  Behavioural and endocrinological correlates of intergroup encounters in bonobos

Alba García de la Chica, University of Barcelona:  Behavioral, hormonal and life-history correlates of pair bonding in owl monkeys

Sharon Gursky, Texas A&M University:  The function of ultrasonic vocalizations in spectral tarsiers.

Duna Susie Lee, New York University:  The role of testosterone in the modulation of parental behaviors in female rhesus macaques

Elizabeth Mallott, Northwestern University:  Response of primate gut microbiome function to increased faunivory

Caroline Schuppli, University of Zürich:  Orangutan mothers’ adaptive strategies to make their infants develop fast

Meagan Vakiener, The George Washington University:  Weaned age in gorillas using trace element distributions in teeth

Melissa Wilson Sayres, Arizona State University:  Quantifying the variation and heritability of X-inactivation

Dr. Fredrick Kyalo Manthi of the National Museums of Kenya


James Blinkhorn, University of Liverpool:  The Late Acheulean to Middle Palaeolithic transition in South Asia

Breanne Clifton, University of Connecticut:  Using phytoliths to reconstruct hominin adaptations and microhabitats during the Acheulian-MSA transition in the Kapthurin Formation, Kenya

Dylan Gaffney, University of Cambridge:  The initial colonization of insular rainforests by archaic and modern hominins

Christopher Gilbert, Hunter College, City University of New York:  Primate evolution, chronology, and biogeography in the Indian Lower Siwaliks

Kevin Hatala, Chatham University:  Paleoecological investigation of 1.5 Ma footprint sites near Nariokotome, Kenya

Hannah Hilbert-Wolf, James Cook University:  Dating hominin fossils in the East African Rift, Malawi

Tania King, University College London:  Neanderthal occupation of the southern Caucasus: Chronological and biogeographic framework

Amanda Leiss, Yale University:  Paleoenvironmental context of ESA archaeology: An analysis of Gona fauna.

Fredrick Manthi (Gordon Getty Grant Recipient), National Museums of Kenya:  Investigations of Middle Pleistocene sites in Natodomeri, northwestern Kenya

Laurent Marivaux, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM):  Oligocene and Miocene platyrrhine primates from Tarapoto, Peruvian Amazonia

Steffen Mischke, University of Iceland:  Environment of early hominins outside of Africa: The Nihewan Basin

Jonathan Reeves, The George Washington University:  Movement ecology and Pleistocene hominin land-use: Perspectives from Koobi Fora

Sileshi Semaw, CENIEH:  Gona Palaeoanthropological Research Project

Frido Welker, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  Towards complex Pleistocene hominin proteomes using multiple proteases.

Spring 2017


Laura Abondano, University of Texas at Austin:  Mating strategies of female lowland woolly monkeys in Amazonian Ecuador

Iulia Badescu, Yale University:  Infant feeding and nutritional development correlates of fitness components in wild chimpanzees

Joel Bray, ASU Foundation for A New American University:  Social relationships in male chimpanzees: Form, function, and development

Elaine Gomez Guevara, Yale University:  Epigenetics of primate longevity

Sean Lee, The George Washington University:  The ontogeny of social behavior and facial form in Pan

Stefano Carlo Lucchesi, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  Role of ecology in intercommunity relations in bonobos, Kokolopori, DRC

Carrie Miller, University of Minnesota:  Does paternity certainty elicit protection and support of offspring by male gelada monkeys?

Sam Patterson, Arizona State University:  Maternal predictors of infant developmental trajectories in olive baboons

Megan Petersdorf, New York University:  The reproductive ecology of the little-known Kinda baboon (Papio kindae)

David Samson, Duke University:  What drives sleep flexibility? A comparative investigation of circumpolar and equatorial hunter-gatherers


Irisa Arney, University of Michigan:  East African Miocene evolutionary ecology

Amy Bauernfeind, Washington University:  Comparative gene expression of primate cerebellum

Aly Baumgartner, Baylor University:  Paleoclimatic reconstruction of the Miocene on Rusinga Island, Kenya

Marianne Brasil, University of California, Berkeley:  Skeletal morphology of early Homo sapiens from Middle Awash, Ethiopia

Lucia Carbone, Oregon Health & Science University:  Investigating how the LAVA retroelement shaped the gibbon transcriptome

Marco Cherin, University of Perugia: Exploring Site S:  New bipedal footprints at Laetoli (Tanzania)

Susanne Cote, University of Calgary:  Excavation of an exceptionally preserved Miocene catarrhine at Moruorot, Kenya

Harold Dibble, University of Pennsylvania:  A micro-contextual approach to Neandertal fire use at Pech de l’Azé IV (France)

Tamara Dogandzic, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:  Late Middle and Early Upper Paleolithic in the Balkans

Emma Finestone, Graduate Center, City University of New York:  Examining the Oldowan through time on the Homa Peninsula

Mae Goder-Goldberger, University of Ben Gurion in the Negev:  The site of Far’ah II, western Negev, and the MP-UP transition

Andres Gomez, J. Craig Venter Institute:  Host-microbe interactions in the primate gut: Implications for human origins

Jason Kamilar, University of Massachusetts Amherst:  The evolutionary ecology of primate hair and skin microbiomes

Elaine Kozma, Graduate Center, City University of New York:  Climbing performance in African apes

Shannon McFarlin, The George Washington University:  Skeletal recovery and research of Bwindi mountain gorillas, Uganda

Enquye Negash, The George Washington University:  Modelling vegetation structure in modern ecosystems; Implications for hominin ecospace

Thomas Plummer, Queens College, City University of New York:  Excavation of ca. 2.6 Ma Oldowan sites at Nyayanga, Kenya

Christian Tryon, Harvard University:  Archaeology and modern human origins: Investigations of the Late Pleistocene Nyanza Rift, Kenya

Deming Yang, Stony Brook University:  Isotopic variability among Plio-Pleistocene Turkana suids: Paleoenvironments and hominin evolution