My research considers the evolution of the genus Homo from 2.5 Ma to present. My main areas of interest in early Homo are the relationship between size, scaling, environment and morphology; biological responses to resource variability; and evolution of the human developmental pattern. I am also particularly interested in the relationship between morphological and ecological variables and the early dispersal of genus Homo, as well as the potential ecological impacts of genus Homo on hominin-naïve ecosystems in Asia. These projects include African and Asian hominins and fieldwork in Indonesia.
In recent human evolution, I’ve focused on human influences on island ecosystems and the concomitant influences of resource scarcity on human biocultural systems. I address this work primarily on Mangaia, Cook Islands.
In an effort to to develop integrative approaches to research questions concerning human evolution and to increase our ability to link behavioral, biological, and skeletal data sets, we started the Bones and Behavior Working Group. More details about our group and our integrative measurement protocol for morphological and behavioral research can be found at the group website, http://www.bonesandbehavior.org/.