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Director of research on Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba hand fossils: Investigation of H. naledi and Au. sediba hand remains from South Africa in collaboration with several researchers, including Lee Berger (University of the Witswatersrand), Steve Churchill (Duke University) and Matthew Skinner (Kent).

Fossil hominin and hominoid hand use: Comparative investigation of fossil hominin (australopiths to Neandertals) and Miocene hominoid hand remains using morphometric and micro-CT data. This research aims to shed light on locomotor and tool-use behaviours throughout the evolution of the human lineage. Collaborators: Matthew Skinner (UCL), Steve Churchill (Duke University), David Begun (University of Toronto).
2009-present Functional signals in trabecular and cortical bone structure: A comparative investigation of internal bony morphology of the primate hand to assess variation in joint loading patterns and how this reflects differences in locomotor and manipulative behaviours. Collaborators: Matthew Skinner (Kent), Dieter Pahr (Vienna University of Technology), Jean-Jacques Hublin (Max Planck Institute-EVA), Andrew Gee and Graham Treece (Cambridge) and Richard Lazenby (University of Northern British Columbia).
2008-present Biomechanics of ape locomotion: Investigation of variation in biomechanics of terrestrial and arboreal locomotion in gorilla, chimpanzees and bonobos in both captive and natural settings. Collaborators: Daniel Schmitt and Brian Hare (Duke University) and Roshna Wunderlich (James Madison University) and Sandra Nauwelaerts (Antwerp).
2007-2011 Biomechanics of lemur locomotion: Experimental analyses of aye-aye locomotion, as well as other lemur species, through an analysis of pressure and force experienced by the fore- and hindlimbs on inclined and horizontal substrates at the Duke Lemur Centre. Collaborators: Roshna Wunderlich (James Madison University), Daniel Schmitt (Duke University) and Jandy Hanna (West Virginia School of Medicine).