20172024

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Research interests

I am an anatomist, biological anthropologist and field researcher. My research focuses on human evolutionary anatomy, paleoecology, and human dispersal patterns in Southeast Asia during the past 80,000 years. Specifically, I investigate how climate, environment, and competition for resources may have influenced initial human dispersal pathways to Australia. I use paleoclimate niche modeling and GIS with the goal of increasing the success of traditional fossil survey methods. I am also a National Geographic Explorer and, since 2014, have been a part of an international team of researchers doing human origins excavations in the Lao PDR in concert with the Lao Ministry of Heritage, Culture, and Tourism, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the Musee de l’Homme, Paris.

Teaching

I am the Anatomy Thread Director of the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth Campus.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Interest Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Anthropology
  • Human environment interaction
  • Human migration and dispersal
  • Paleoanthropology

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  • A thyroidea ima artery variation providing collateral circulation to the mediastinum

    Benedict, T., Kuo, S., Adams, N. A. J., Ach, T., Michaels, R. & Zachwieja, A. J., Apr 2024, In: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy. 46, 4, p. 507-512 6 p.

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  • Reconstructing the environmental conditions experienced by early modern humans at Tam Pà Ling (northeast Laos) using higher plant wax biomarkers

    McAllister-Hayward, M. S., Blyth, A. J., McInerney, F. A., Holman, A. I., Grice, K., Tyler, J. J., Westaway, K. W., Joannes-Boyau, R., Boualaphane, S., Bourgon, N., Dunn, T. E., Frangeul, S., Luangkhoth, T., Ponche, J. L., Sichanthongtip, P., Souksavatdy, V., Suzzoni, E., Zachwieja, A., Zanolli, C., Bacon, A. M., & 5 othersDuringer, P., Hublin, J. J., Shackelford, L., Demeter, F. & Morley, M. W., Feb 1 2024, In: Quaternary Science Reviews. 325, 108471.

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    1 Scopus citations
  • Early presence of Homo sapiens in Southeast Asia by 86–68 kyr at Tam Pà Ling, Northern Laos

    Freidline, S. E., Westaway, K. E., Joannes-Boyau, R., Duringer, P., Ponche, J. L., Morley, M. W., Hernandez, V. C., McAllister-Hayward, M. S., McColl, H., Zanolli, C., Gunz, P., Bergmann, I., Sichanthongtip, P., Sihanam, D., Boualaphane, S., Luangkhoth, T., Souksavatdy, V., Dosseto, A., Boesch, Q., Patole-Edoumba, E., & 11 othersAubaile, F., Crozier, F., Suzzoni, E., Frangeul, S., Bourgon, N., Zachwieja, A., Dunn, T. E., Bacon, A. M., Hublin, J. J., Shackelford, L. & Demeter, F., Dec 2023, In: Nature communications. 14, 1, 3193.

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    14 Scopus citations
  • Palaeoenvironments and hominin evolutionary dynamics in southeast Asia

    Bacon, A. M., Bourgon, N., Dufour, E., Demeter, F., Zanolli, C., Westaway, K. E., Joannes-Boyau, R., Duringer, P., Ponche, J. L., Morley, M. W., Suzzoni, E., Frangeul, S., Boesch, Q., Antoine, P. O., Boualaphane, S., Sichanthongtip, P., Sihanam, D., Huong, N. T. M., Tuan, N. A., Fiorillo, D., & 8 othersTombret, O., Patole-Edoumba, E., Zachwieja, A., Luangkhoth, T., Souksavatdy, V., Dunn, T. E., Shackelford, L. & Hublin, J. J., Dec 2023, In: Scientific reports. 13, 1, 16165.

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    3 Scopus citations
  • A Middle Pleistocene Denisovan molar from the Annamite Chain of northern Laos

    Demeter, F., Zanolli, C., Westaway, K. E., Joannes-Boyau, R., Duringer, P., Morley, M. W., Welker, F., Rüther, P. L., Skinner, M. M., McColl, H., Gaunitz, C., Vinner, L., Dunn, T. E., Olsen, J. V., Sikora, M., Ponche, J. L., Suzzoni, E., Frangeul, S., Boesch, Q., Antoine, P. O., & 20 othersPan, L., Xing, S., Zhao, J. X., Bailey, R. M., Boualaphane, S., Sichanthongtip, P., Sihanam, D., Patole-Edoumba, E., Aubaile, F., Crozier, F., Bourgon, N., Zachwieja, A., Luangkhoth, T., Souksavatdy, V., Sayavongkhamdy, T., Cappellini, E., Bacon, A. M., Hublin, J. J., Willerslev, E. & Shackelford, L., Dec 2022, In: Nature communications. 13, 1, 2557.

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    25 Scopus citations