Featured Physical Anthropologists

Featured on April 8, 2015

Robert Sussman

Note: Robert Sussman died on June 8th, 2016. More information can be found here.

Robert Sussman received his PhD from Duke University in 1972 under the advisement of John Buettner-Janusch. Sussman is known for his work in Madagascar, where he studies ring-tailed lemur social organization, demography, and ecology at the Beza Mahafaly Reserve. Sussman has wide ranging research interests, and he is the author of a recent book entitled "The Myth of Race: The Troublesome Persistence of An Unscientific Idea."

According to our database, Sussman has advised 29 PhD students spanning 30+ years at Washington University in St. Louis. Sussman has had a large impact on our tree!

Featured on March 24, 2015

Della Collins Cook

Della Collins Cook is an osteologist and paleopathologist who received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1976, under the advisement of Russell Tuttle. She is known for her research on the paleopathology of Woodland and Mississippian Indians in the Midwest.

During her career at Indiana University, she has supervised at least 20 PhD students according to our database. Collins Cook has made a big impact on the tree of physical anthropologists!

Featured on March 20, 2015

Milford Wolpoff

Milford Wolpoff is a paleoanthropologist who is well known for his work on multiregionalism in the origin of modern humans. Wolpoff received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969 working under Eugene Giles.

According to our database, Wolpoff has advised over 20 PhD students, including John Hawks, Andrew Kramer, Clark Larsen, Sang-Hee Lee, Julie Lesnik, Davorka Radovčić, Karen Rosenberg, Lynne Schepartz, Fred Smith, and Tim White. He is also the author of an influential textbook on paleoanthropology. Wolpoff has had a large impact in the family tree of physical anthropologists!

Featured on March 18, 2015

Jane Buikstra

Buikstra is well known as a pioneer in the development of bioarchaeology, and has published dozens of books and monographs, and over 100 articles on diverse topics including paleopathology, forensic anthropology, and paleodemography with a geographic focus spanning several continents.

She received her PhD in 1972 from the University of Chicago. Her PhD advisor was Charles Merbs. Buikstra has supervised over 20 doctoral students according to our database (and probably more that haven't yet been added). Her footprint on the tree of physical anthropology looms large!

Featured on March 16, 2015

Elwyn Simons

Elwyn Simons is best known for his work on the origins of anthropoid primates and his field work in the Fayum Depression (Egypt). Prof. Simons received not one, but TWO terminal degrees: a PhD from Princeton University in 1956 under paleontologist Glenn Jepson and then a Doctor of Science from Oxford University in 1959 under Wilfrid Le Gros Clark.

Simons trained a number of PhDs who themselves went on to train many students of their own. Some of these include David Pilbeam, Phil Gingerich, Richard Kay, and the late D. Tab Rasmussen.

Featured on March 11, 2015

Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford is an anthropological geneticist. Crawford earned a PhD at the University of Washington in 1967 under the supervision of Marshall Newman.

According to our records, Crawford has supervised over 30 PhD students at the University of Kansas! His footprint in our tree of physical anthropologists is truly impressive!

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