The Leakey Foundation held a granting session on December 3, 2016. Our Board of Trustees unanimously approved twenty-one research grant proposals for funding.
Here are some numbers from our fall 2016 granting cycle:
There were 96 applications for research grants this cycle.
36% of the proposals were categorized as behavioral, and 64% were paleoanthropology.
456 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!
Margaret Crofoot (Gordon Getty Grant recipient), University of California, Davis: Dominance, social stability and the emergence of collective decisions in complex societies
Piotr Fedurek, University of Roehampton: The effect of social integration on physiological stress levels in a small-scale society
Brenna Henn, Stony Brook University: Testing for ancient population structure in southern Africa via extensive DNA collection
Charles Menzel, Georgia State University: Studies of chimpanzee episodic memory and foraging
Liza Moscovice, Emory University: Explaining patterns of within and between-group cooperation among LuiKotale bonobos
Carina Schlebusch, Uppsala University: Genotype variation in populations with Khoe-San ancestry from southern Africa
Erin Vogel, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Coping with a challenging environment: Nutritional immunology in wild Bornean orangutans
Monica Wakefield, Northern Kentucky University: Genetic census and habituation of bonobos at Iyema (Lomako, DRC)
Meike Zemihn, Leiden University: Tracing the origins of language: Syntax in common marmosets (Brazil)
Hilary Duke, Stony Brook University: Taking shape: Investigating the earliest Acheulean at Kokiselei, Kenya (1.8-1.76Ma)
Paul Manger, University of the Witwatersrand: Ape brains in a comparative perspective, South Africa
Fredrick Manthi, National Museums of Kenya: Further investigations of Middle Pleistocene sites in Natodomeri, northwestern Kenya
Emma Mbua, National Museums of Kenya: Further fieldwork research at Kantis Fossil Site
Kelly Ostrofsky, The George Washington University: Comparison of vertical climbing and suspension in wild African apes
Brian Schilder, The George Washington University: The evolution of the hippocampus and adult neurogenesis: Novel insights into the origins of human memory
Stephanie Schnorr, University of Oklahoma: Physiological relevance of salivary amylase copy number variation for starch digestion in human evolution
Sileshi Semaw, CENIEH: Gona Palaeoanthropological Research Project
Ron Shimelmitz, University of Haifa: New excavations at Skhul Cave, Mount Carmel, Israel
Thierry Smith, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences: Diversity and relationships of earliest Euprimates from Tadkeshwar Mine, India
Matt Tocheri, Lakehead University: New archaeological excavations at Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia)
Scott Williams, New York University: Skeletal contributions to lumbar lordosis in recent and fossil hominins