The Leakey Foundation held its Fall Granting Session on December 5, 2015. Our Board of Trustees unanimously approved twenty three research grant proposals for funding this cycle.
Here are some numbers from our Fall 2015 Granting Cycle:
There were 101 applications for research grants. 45% were categorized as behavioral, and 55% were paleoanthropology.
498 reviews were submitted to our grants department this cycle. Thank you to our reviewers! We could not do it without you.
We would like to congratulate all of our new grantees, and we look forward to sharing news and information about them and their research along the way!
Corinne Yvonne Ackermann, Université de Neuchâtel: Social bonds and oxytocin in wild juvenile chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
Alexis Amann, City University of New York: Female counterstrategies to male sexual coercion in Ethiopian Hamadryas baboons
Joseph Feldblum, Duke University: The benefits of male relationships in the Gombe chimpanzees
Marian Hamilton, University of New Mexico: Assessing philopatry and range size with strontium isotopes
Katharine Jack, Tulane University: Making an alpha male: Socioendocrinology of dominance in male white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus)
Cheryl Knott, Boston University: Diet quality and fiber digestion in wild Bornean orangutans
Meagan Rubel, University of Pennsylvania: Effect of diet and parasites on the gut metagenomics of environmentally diverse Africans
Stephanie Spehar, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: The orangutans of Wehea: Adaptation to an extreme environment
Kaitlin Wellens, The George Washington University: Maternal effects on juvenile chimpanzee social behavior and physiological stress
Abdeljalil Bouzouggar, University of Oxford: A coastal corridor route for earliest Homo sapiens dispersal into Northwest Africa
Timothy Campbell, Texas A&M University: Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of Sterkfontein and Swartkrans using rodent postcrania
Yonatan Sahle Chemere, University of Tübingen: The archaeology of anatomically modern humans from Halibee, Ethiopia
Jamie Clark, University of Alaska Fairbanks: Early Upper Paleolithic hunting strategies at Mughr el-Hamamah, Jordan
Dorothée Drucker, University of Tübingen: Isotopes, diet and human adaptation in a Mediterranean context
Erin Franks, University of Notre Dame: Regional and hierarchical assessment of cranial plasticity and dietary adaptations
Genevieve Housman, Arizona State University: Assessment of DNA methylation patterns in primate skeletal tissues
Jean-Jacques Jaeger, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS): Searching for early evolution of African anthropoids in Myanmar
Julie Lesnik, Wayne State University: An evaluation of termite-associated hydrocarbon signatures as an influence on prey selectivity and an ecological signal for chimpanzees and Olduvai hominins
Fredrick Manthi, University of Utah: Investigation of Middle Pleistocene sites in the Turkana Basin, Kenya
Kathryn Ranhorn, The George Washington University: New approaches to the archaeology of modern human origins
Sileshi Semaw, Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH): Investigating Middle Stone Age (MSA) archaeology and an associated hominin at Gona, Afar, Ethiopia
Warren Sharp, Berkeley Geochronology Center: Age and paleoenvironment of the Ysterfontein 1 Site, South Africa
Krishna Veeramah, Stony Brook University: Validating novel mutations in a whole genome sequenced gibbon quartet