Research description: I am a paleoanthropologist interested in understanding the environmental context of early human evolution. My research examines the paleoecological forces that shaped the evolution of our early ancestors. This research is inherently interdisciplinary, bringing together anthropology, paleontology, and ecology. I conduct fieldwork in the Afar region of Ethiopia with the Mille-Logya Research Project.
I study the morphological adaptations of African fauna (antelope in particular) in order to reconstruct past human environments. This ecomorphological research relies heavily on 3D imaging and 3D data analysis. I have recently applied these methods to reconstruct past hominin habitats in the Omo Shungura Formation in southwestern Ethiopia. Currently, my focus is on understanding the environmental context of the earliest members of our genus Homo.