Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)

Antonio Kulian

   antonio.kuilan@rutgers.edu
   Evolutionary Anthropology
   Graduate Advisor: Craig Feibel 

Research Interests:
Geoarcheology, soils, sediments, UAV mapping, GIS,
remote sensing, terrain analysis, photogrammetry, landscape ecologies,
plants and their influence on human evolution.

Current Project: 
My thesis research identifies mineral components from Lake Turkana sediments using FTIR spectroscopy. Mineral spectral files are generated and calibrated to satellite instruments, particularly NASA's EO-1 Hyperion hyperspectral satellite,
for the objective of remote sensing corresponding minerals across the Turkana landscape. Mineral hyperspectral remote sensing data will be used for provenance analyses, understanding depositional patterns, and its implications for human evolution.

Academics: 
BS, Evolutionary Anthropology, Rutgers University, 2016.
MA, Evolutionary Anthropology, Rutgers University, expected fall 2018.

Experience: 
BLM/Oregon State geoarchaeology field school, Salmon River Canyon, Idaho.

Timothy Bransford

PhD Student
Advisor: Erin Vogel
Program: Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)
tdb75@anthropology.rutgers.edu
Research interests: orangutan energetics, nutrition, and life history; primate and biodiversity conservation

Thomas Conte

thomasthomas.conte@rutgers.edu
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk
Evolutionary Anthropology program

My research interests center on pastoralism in Mongolia, China, and Central Eurasia. More broadly, I'm interested in the evolution of prosocial behaviors: namely, why people do nice things for one another.

Emily Aronoff

emily.lynch@rutgers.edu
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palombit


Research Interests: My research will address olive baboon social behaviors in regards to kinship.

Melanie Fenton

meljacksonmrj78@anthropology.rutgers.edu
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palmobit

I am interested in the evolution of reproductive strategies in primates and the co-evolution of these strategies in males and females.

Sarah Hlubik

sarah.hlubik@rutgers.edu
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Jack Harris

Research Interests: Early human control of fire

Frank Batiste

frank.batiste@rutgers.edu
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Research Interests: I am studying Theory of Mind (ToM) as an evolutionary basis for human sociality. My dissertation research will be focusing on the extent to which ToM is dependent on language. That is, do variations in language--structure, use & vocabulary--translate to differences in ToM abilities accross cultures? Also, I am interested in the extent to which ToM is independent of language: what core components of ToM do we share with chimpanzees and other non-human primates?

Rolando de Aguiar

rdeaguiar@gmail.com
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

K. Padmini Iyer

padmini.iyer@rutgers.edu
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Lee Cronk

Research interests: Risk management; East African pastoralists; social networks

Mareike Janiak

Mareike Janiakmareike.janiak@rutgers.edu
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Rob Scott

Research Interests:primate dietary ecology, dietary adaptations, evolution of digestive enzymes

Research project: For my dissertation I am planning a cross-species and cross-site comparison of pepsinogens in New World monkeys, in order to investigate how differences in diet act as a selective force on enzymes in the digestive system.

Mulu ("Stan") Kivai

Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Ryne Palombit

Research interests: Primate behavioral ecology and conservation
msk157@anthropology.rutgers.edu

Darshana Shapiro

DarcyEmail: darshana.shapiro@rutgers.edu
Evolutionary Anthropology program
Graduate Advisor: Rob Scott

Research interests: Miocene apes, functional anatomy of the pelvis, reconstructing primate locomotion in the fossil record.  My dissertation focuses on using the internal trabecular anatomy of the pelvis in conjunction with its external morphology to reconstruct locomotion in extinct primates, particularly Miocene apes and australopithecines.  I am interested in testing locomotor hypotheses via high-resolution X-ray computed tomography and contributing to ongoing debates in paleoanthropology about the evolutionary context of the rise of bipedalism in hominins.

Rene Studer-Halbach

Masters Student
Advisor: Susan Cachel
Program: Human Evolutionary Sciences (HES)
rene.studerhalbach@rutgers.edu

Research interests: My research is focused on South African, Plio-Pleistocene hominin and cercopithecoid communities. My aim is to determine whether interspecific competition can be detected through microevolutionary adaptations in extinct sympatric species, and if so, to quantify the competition coefficients between species. In other words, I am trying to understand the competitive relationships among species in extinct ecological communities, focusing on South African monkeys and hominins.