Laboratories

LPDEP - Laboratory for Primate Dietary Ecology and Physiology (Erin Vogel)

Dr. Vogel at her Tuanan Orangutan Research Project site
Dr. Vogel at her Tuanan Orangutan Research Project site, with a food commonly consumed by wild orangutans

In the Laboratory for Primate Dietary Ecology and Physiology, we study how ecological variation influences the behavior (feeding and social), morphology, and physiology of non-human primates. We have three main goals:

  • Determine the selection pressures that have led to the variation in primate dietary traits and behavior
  • Bridge the fields of ecology, behavior, physiology, and morphology to better understand energy acquisition and use in non-human primates
  • Explore how primate behavior can inform us about human evolutionary hypotheses

These goals are driving our field and laboratory research on diverse subjects in anthropology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. In the LPDEP lab, we primarily use non-invasive biological samples that have been collected from wild primate to examine a variety of hormonal and energetic markers that are related to stress, nutrition, energetics, and inflammation (e.g., testosterone, cortisol, C-peptides of Insulin, a variety of cytokines, neopterin, markers of oxidized stress, T3 hormone, and urea concentration). We are always open to explore new questions and conduct new analyses in the LPDEP lab.

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Laboratory for Primate Dietary Ecology and Physiology Laboratory for Primate Dietary Ecology and Physiology

Paleoenvironmental Research Laboratory (Craig Feibel)

 Paleoenvironmental Research Laboratory (Craig Feibel) My lab is built around the premise that patterns and processes of evolution, change over time in the broadest sense, can only be understood in context. We provide context for evolutionary scenarios ranging from the development of the East African Rift System, to the modern savanna community, from hominin evolution to the cultural development that leads to modern civilization, and for climatic change through the modern and ancient worlds. The long-term focus of much of this research has been geographic, centered on the unparalleled opportunities to understand the context of evolution in the Turkana Basin of Kenya and Ethiopia.

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ALMA - Laboratory of MicroArchaeology (Dan Cabanes)

The Department of Anthropology Laboratory for MicroArchaeology (ALMA) aims to study the microscopic archaeological record. We focus on developing, testing, and applying new approaches to understand the past using the invisible remains left by our ancestors. ALMA's research has three main aspects: fieldwork, experiments, and the development of new methods. Research lines include prehistoric fire technology, anthropogenic impact in archaeological sites, and microscopic evolution of human life.

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Laboratory of MicroArchaeology (Dan Cabanes) Laboratory of MicroArchaeology (Dan Cabanes)