The Leakey Foundation held our fall 2019 granting session on December 7, 2019. Our board of trustees unanimously approved 27 research grant proposals for funding.
Here are some numbers from our fall 2019 granting cycle:
There were 101 applications for research grants.
39% were behavioral applications. 61% were paleoanthropology applications.
414 reviews were submitted to our grants department this cycle. Thank you to our reviewers! We could not do it without you.
Congratulations to our new grantees. We look forward to sharing news and information about them and their research!
Rosemary Bettle, University of Michigan: The evolution of social intelligence in macaques
Matilda Brindle, University College London: Does masturbation serve an adaptive function in male rhesus macaques?
Rebecca Brittain, Rutgers, 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 Buehler, Tulane 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 MacLatchy, University of Michigan: Ecological determinants and arboreal feeding positional behavior in Pan troglodytes
Catherine Markham, Stony Brook University: Competition within primate social groups: Rank effects on energy expenditure
Jerred Klint Schafer, The University at Albany: The evolution of sex differences in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx): Quantitative genetics of color and size dimorphism
Elizabeth Tapanes, The George Washington University: Hair evolution in a comparative context
Julie Teichroeb, University of Toronto: Kinship patterns and mechanisms of male tolerance in a Rwenzori Angolan colobus multi-level society
Linda Vigilant, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology: Elucidating the hidden kinship structure of wild chimpanzee communities in Uganda
Amanuel Yosief Beyin, University of Louisville: Investigation of Acheulean sites in the Red Sea coastal region of the Sudan
William Eamon Callison, Harvard University: Adaptations for bipedal gestation: Measuring the effects of pregnancy on thoracic motion during ventilation
Mulugeta Feseha, ARCCH, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Digitizing and distributing the fossil hominin and archaeology collections of the Ethiopian National Museum
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, The 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 Khatsenovich, Institute 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 Manthi, National Museums of Kenya: Explorations of the Middle Pleistocene sites in Natodomeri, northwestern Kenya
Kasih Bohdana Norman, University of Wollongong: Rapid discovery and OSL dating of archaeological sites in Timor
Shanti Pappu, Sharma 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 Robinson, Boston University: Multiproxy paleoecology of ~ 2.35 Ma early Homo from Ethiopia
Christina Macie Ryder, University of Colorado Boulder: Saving old bones: Using near-infrared spectroscopy to predict collagen yield in bone.
Eleanor Scerri, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History: Unravelling the rainforest: The Pleistocene cultural record of Anyama (Ivory Coast) and its ecological context
Sileshi Semaw, Centro 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 Shenk, Pennsylvania State University: Estimating fertility, disease, and famine using tooth cementum – a validation study in rural Matlab, Bangladesh
Fernando A. Villanea, Brown University: Neanderthal and Denisovan introgression in indigenous Americans