The Leakey Foundation held our fall 2018 granting session on December 1, 2018. Our Board of Trustees unanimously approved 32 research grant proposals for funding.
Here are some numbers from our fall 2018 granting cycle:
There were 114 applications for research grants.
39% were behavioral applications. 61% were paleoanthropology applications.
444 reviews were submitted to our grants department this cycle. Thank you to our reviewers! We could not do it without you.
Congratulations to all of our new grantees, and we look forward to sharing news and information about them and their research!
Andrew B Bernard, University of Michigan: Effects of climate change on primates, their habitat, and food
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 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