Recent Grantees

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 pairbonding 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 colonisation 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