Office Hours:Tuesday 1-3pm, Thursday 2-3pm, or by appointment
- Assistant Professor
- Undergraduate Coordinator
- Biological Anthropology
- Anthropology and Geography
- Ph.D. in Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University
- M.Phil. in Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University
- B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology, Rutgers University
I am a paleoanthropologist interested in the ecology of ancient hominins. My main research focus involves studying how the formation of the fossil record biases paleoecological patterns. I use quantitative methods to study these biases and to account for them when making paleoecological inferences.
Interests: paleoanthropology, human evolution, paleoecology, macroecology, macroevolution, taphonomy, mammals, Plio-Pleistocene, eastern Africa, quantitative methods.
(1) Understanding how time-averaging alters the ecological information contained within fossil mammal assemblages. This is done in collaboration with Dr. Kay Behrensmeyer (Smithsonian) by analyzing her 50-year mammal skeletal dataset from Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
(2) Documenting large mammal diversity patterns through time and across space in the Omo-Turkana Basin, eastern Africa.
(3) Because the incompleteness of the fossil record ensures the spatial and temporal distribution of hominin species is underestimated, I use quantitative models to infer their "true" spatiotemporal distribution.
ANTH 674: Research Design & Analysis in Anthropology
This is my graduate-level data analysis class. Click the following links for the syllabus, lecture slides, and instructions for accessing the interactive R tutorials. The R tutorials are a great way to learn R and different statistical methods using R.