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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 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Interest Keywords

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

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