I am a PhD student in the IMPRS - The Leipzig School of Human Origins, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. I am a member of both the Department of Primatology and the Department of Human Evolution, where I am a member of the Archaeological Science Group under the supervision of Prof. Mike Richards.
My scientific background is diverse and my previous research has included forensic science, physical anthropology, archaeology, human identification and pharmacology. Throughout my education and employment I have continuously encountered the use of isotopic analysis within the realm of physical anthropology and identification science.
My current research interests combine both the disciplines of primatology and human evolution, and focus on how stable isotope analysis of primatological samples can be used to increase our understanding of human evolution. Entitled "Meat eating in Chimpanzees and other primates," my research investigates how stable isotope analysis of hair and other samples (e.g. bone, teeth) can help increase our understanding of the dietary ecology of our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes); in particular the research focuses on the chimpanzees of the Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire, Western Africa. The main questions I aim to answer with my research include:
- What is the nature of meat sharing among modern non-human primates, and what are the implications for early human sharing patterns?
- How does habitat affect meat eating?
- Is there a seasonal difference in the dietary patterns of chimpanzees?
- Are there dietary differences between males and females, infants, juveniles and adults?
Departments of Human Evolution and Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6