I am a biological anthropologist specializing in the ecology and evolution of mammalian faunas, terrestrial ecosystems, and early hominins in the African fossil record. My work primarily focuses on the relationships between climatic, environmental, and ecological changes through time. I address these issues by combining fossil data from field work and museum studies of hominins and their associated fauna from paleontological sites (mainly Ethiopia and Kenya) with proxy records of climatic and environmental change. As such, my research program necessarily draws upon a diverse analytical and theoretical toolkit spanning the paleo- (paleobiology and paleontology), geo- (paleoclimatology and paleoenvironments), and anthropological (human origins and zooarchaeology) sciences.
Interests: paleontology, ecology, evolutionary theory