About

I am a biological anthropologist and organismal evolutionary biologist studying human evolution, life history, and the growth and development of the skeletal system. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Anthropologisches Institut und Museum at the Universität Zürich in Switzerland where I am working on a project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation investigating population dynamics and natural selection on the dentition of pre-Industrial modern humans. I was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Berkeley where I did my PhD in Integrative Biology, and I have a BA in cultural anthropology from Princeton University and a MA in biological anthropology from San Francisco State University. I have published first-author papers in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Palaeontologia Electronica, PaleoBios, Journal of Anthropology of Sport and Physical Education, and the Anatomical Record (in press), and I have co-authored publications in Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences. While at Berkeley, I was the host and producer of a well-known science radio talk show called The Graduates on KALX 90.7 FM, and I have been invited to give talks and interviews about my work with the BBC, Inverse.com, the University of Dubuque, the Squaxin Island Tribe, Marin Science Seminar, East Bay Science Cafe, among others. I was head instructor of IB35AC Human Biological Variation at UC Berkeley Summer and Fall 2017.

All the details of my professional life, including information about my research, outreach, teaching, and curriculum vitae, can be found on this website.

 

 

Recent Posts

New paper out on machine learning and human evolution

I am excited to announce that we have a new paper out now, titled, “Using machine learning to classify extant apes and interpret the dental morphology of the chimpanzee-human last common ancestor.” The paper, co-authored by Dr. David Armitage and Prof. Dr. Leslea Hlusko, was released this weekend in PaleoBios, the official publication of the University of California Museum of Paleontology. The study uses machine learning algorithms that ‘learn’ what the teeth of living apes look like and then apply the training to interpret and classify teeth from 95 fossil apes that lived in Africa, Europe, and Asia over the last 23 million years. This is one of the first studies to use artificial intelligence to investigate human origins.

The release of the paper was accompanied by a popular science article written by Inverse.com

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  4. New paper out in PNAS: Mother’s Milk Leave a reply
  5. We won Best Poster in Ecology and Evolution! Leave a reply
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