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Introducing Our Spring 2016 Grantees

The Leakey Foundation held its Spring Granting Session on April 30, 2016. Our Board of Trustees unanimously approved thirty-two research grant proposals for funding this cycle.

Here are some numbers from our Spring 2016 Granting Cycle:

There were 135 applications for research grants this cycle. This is the most we have ever received for a cycle- approximately 30% more than our typical cycle.

38% of the proposals were categorized as behavioral, and 62% were paleoanthropology.

631 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!


Ekwoge Abwe, Drexel University:  Behavioral diversity with genetic and ecological variation in chimpanzees, Cameroon

Abigail Bigham, University of Michigan:  Evolutionary consequence of adaptive genetic change among high-altitude Andeans

Katharine Burke, University at Buffalo:  Social network, personality and physiological stress levels in juvenile rhesus macaques

Alecia Carter, University of Cambridge:  Constraints on the evolution of culture: Social information in Namibian baboons

Erica Dunayer, University at Buffalo:  Influence of stress for market exchanges in Cayo Santiago macaques

Nicole Herzog, University of Utah:  Chimpanzees in fire-altered landscapes: Investigating foundations for hominin fire exploitation

James Higham, New York University:  Living outside of groups: Pathology, social-exclusion, or adaptive strategy?

Thomas Kraft, Dartmouth College:  Shifting co-residence and interaction patterns in a transitioning hunter-gatherer society

Amy Lu, Stony Brook University:  Understanding weaning trajectories in a wild primate – the gelada (Theropithecus gelada)

Stephanie Musgrave, Washington University in St. Louis:  Ontogeny of complex tool use among Goualougo triangle chimpanzees

Evelyn Pain, Stony Brook University:  Functions of male woolly monkey morphological variation in Yasuní, Ecuador

Rachel Perlman, Stony Brook University:  The energetics of male reproductive strategies in geladas (Theropithecus gelada)

Rachna Reddy, University of Michigan:  The development of male reproductive strategies in wild chimpanzees

Kristin Sabbi, University of New Mexico:  The ontogeny of sex-typed social behavior among East African chimpanzees

Nicole Thompson, Columbia University:  The benefits of social connections during development in blue monkeys in Kakamega, Kenya


Todd Disotell, New York University:  Exome sequencing of the Cercocebus-Mandrillus clade

Laurence Dumouchel, The George Washington University:  The environments of the earliest obligate biped, Australopithecus anamensis

John Fleagle, Stony Brook University:  Earliest fossil platyrrhines from Santa Rosa, Peru

Mathew Fox, University of Arizona:  Paleoenvironments of Homo erectus occupations in the Luonan Basin, China.

Sonia Harmand, Stony Brook University, Turkana Basin Institute:  The missing Oldowan: 2.3-2.0 Ma sites from West Turkana, Kenya

Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University:  New perspectives on modern human origins: Hominid remains from the Manot Cave, Israel

Radu Iovita, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology:  Innovators in the foothills: New excavations at early Upper Paleolithic Maibulak (Kazakhstan)

Rutger Jansma, University of Minnesota:  A phylogenetically informed analysis of the catarrhine adaptive radiation

David Katz, University of California, Davis:  Morphological consequences of admixture in human and non-human primates

Abigale Koppa, Stony Brook University:  Nutritional and mechanical properties of Kenyan savanna and wetland plants

Jason Lewis, Stony Brook University, Turkana Basin Institute:  Pleistocene & Holocene archaeological assemblages from Kisese II Shelter, Tanzania

Kathryn McGrath, The George Washington University:  Understanding stress-related enamel defects in wild mountain gorillas

Rebecca Miller, University of Liege:  The Middle-Upper Paleolithic transition at Trou Al’Wesse (Belgium)

Marie-helene Moncel, CNRS-MNHN:  Early evidence of Acheulean bifacial technology in Europe. New fieldwork at Notarchirico (Italy).

Kelsey Pugh, City University of New York:  Mid-Late miocene hominoid phylogeny: Implications for ape and human evolution

Christina Rogers, Emory University:  Evolution of oxytocin and vasopressin systems in the hominoid brain

Nancy Stevens, Ohio University:  Primate diversification in the late Oligocene Nsungwe Formation of Tanzania

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