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Curriculum vitae

 

Date of birth: April 7, 1984
Place of birth: São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality: Brazilian
Residence: Leipzig, Germany
E-mail: andre_strauss@eva.mpg.de // Alternate E-mail: strauss@usp.br
Address: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6, 04103, Leipzig, Germany.

 

University Education

2010 -

PhD candidate of the Leipzig School of Human Origins (International Max Planck Research School)
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Evolution, Leipzig, Germany
Universitat Leipzig, Fakultat fur Biowissenschaftten, Pharmazie und Psychologie, Leipzig, Germany
Title of the thesis: Late juvenile, early adult cranial growth in hominids
Supervisors: Fred Spoor and Philipp Gunz

2008 - 2010

Master in Genetics and Evolutionary Biology
São Paulo University, Bioscience Institute, Department of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, IB-USP, São Paulo, Brazil.
Title of the dissertation: The mortuary practices of pre-historic huntergatherers from Lagoa Santa region: a case study of the Santo Rockshelter archaeological site [pdf].
Advisor: Walter Alves Neves

2004 - 2008

Bachelor in Geology
São Paulo University, Geoscience Institute, IGC-USP, São Paulo, Brazil.
Title of the monograph presented to obtain the bachelor degree: Early Holocene human occupation around a karstic lake of the Lagoa Santa region – MG: an interdisciplinary approach.
Advisor: Astolfo Gomes Araujo

2004 - 2007

Bachelor in Social Science (Anthropology)
Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, PUC-SP, São Paulo, Brazil.
Title of the monograph presented to obtain the bachelor degree: Under the sign of Darwin.

 

Complementary Information

2012

3D Geometric Morphometrics Workshop
Instituto Catala de Paleontologia, Sabadell, Spain.
Coordination: Melissa Tallman

2011

Geometric Morphometrics Workshop
Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences, Hull York Medical School, University of York, York, UK.
Coordination: Paul O’Higgins and Andrea Cardini

2009

Koobi Fora Field School
Rutgers University. New Jersey, USA.
National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.
Coordination: Jack Harris

2006-2007 Scientific Initiation Project
São Paulo University, Bioscience Institute, Department of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, IB-USP, São Paulo, Brazil.
Title of the project: The cranial morphology of the Lagoa Santa region Paleoindians as seen by 3D geometric morphometrics.
Coordination: Walter Alves Neves
2006 Introduction to Geometric Morphometrics
Centro Nacional Patagônico, CENPAT. Puerto Madryn, Argentina.
Coordination: Rolando González-José

 

Scholarship

2010 -

PhD research scholarship funded by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

2009 - 2010

Master research scholarship funded by the São Paulo State Science Foundation – FAPESP (process Nº 08/51747-0).

2009

Travel grant from the National Program for Support of Graduate Students (CAPES-PROAP).

2009

Teaching Assistant Grant from the Teaching Development Program of the São Paulo University (process Nº 110956).

2008

Master research scholarship funded by the Brazilian Science Foundation - CNPq.

2006 - 2007

Scientific Initiation research scholarship funded by the São Paulo State Science Foundation – FAPESP (process Nº: 05/60319-4).

 

Research Funding

2011-2012

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology grants for the project “The Mortuary Rituals of the First Americans”.

 

Fieldwork

As part of my education I have being trained in both geological and archaeological field work. My experience on archaeological sites was mainly focused on the meticulous exhumation of well-preserved human burials found within rockshelters. However I also had the opportunity to work for long periods at open air sites where more straightforward excavation methods were used. As a geologist I have participated of two fields aiming to map neoproterozoic basins in Brazil. More specifically I participated on the following field works:

AS COORDINATOR:

2012

Archaeological site: Lapa do Santo (Brazil, 45 days)
Coordinator: André Strauss (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

2011

Archaeological site: Lapa do Santo (Brazil, 30 days)
Coordinator: André Strauss (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)

 

AS STUDENT:

2009

Koobi Fora Field School: Fwjj 14 E, Fwjj 25 W and Gaji 10 (45 days, total)
Coordinator: Jack Harris (Rutgers University)

2008

Archaeological site: Taquaraçu Rockshelter (15 days)
Coordinator: Astolfo Araújo (Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, São Paulo University)

2008

Archaeological site: Coqueirinho (7 days)
Coordinator: Lucas Bueno (Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies, São Paulo University)

2008

Archaeological site: Sumidouro (30 days)
Coordinator: Lucas Bueno (Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies, São Paulo University)

2008

Archaeological site: Taquaraçu Rockshelter (15 days)
Coordinator: Astolfo Araújo (Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, São Paulo University)

2007

Archaeological site: Lapa do Santo (30 days)
Coordinator: Renato Kipnis (Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies, São Paulo University)

2007

Geological Mapping of the Campo Alegre neoproterozoic Basin (30 days)
Coordinator: Miguel Basei (Geoscience Institute, São Paulo University)

2007

Geological Mapping of the Camacuã neoproterozoic Basin (20 days) Coordinator: Antonio Romalino Fragoso (Geoscience Institute, São Paulo University)

2006

Archaeological site: Buritizeiros Caixa d’Água (25 days)
Coordinator: André Prouss (Dpt. Anthropology, Federal Univeristy of Minas Gerais)

2005

Archaeological site: Lapa do Santo (30 days)
Coordinator: Renato Kipnis (Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies, São Paulo University)

 

Hands-on Laboratory Experience with Skeletal Remains

2006 - 2010

Responsible for the curation of the human skeletal remains of the Kiju Sakai Collection (including at least 27 individuals of both historical Native Americans and archaeological Shellmound builders)

2007

Responsible for the curation of the human skeletal remains from the archaeological site Loca do Suin, located in central Brazil (at least 4 individuals dated on ca. 8000 RDYBP).

2006

Co-responsible for the organization of the human skeletal remains from Santo Rockshelter, an archaeological site in the Lagoa Santa region (27 burials dated to ca. 8000 RCYBP)

2005

Assistant on the organization of the megafauna remains from the paleontological site Cuvieri, located in central Brazil (including extinct giant sloth dated to ca. 12000 BP)

2004

Assistant on the organization of the "South American zooarchaeological reference collection", hosted by the Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies.

 

Experience on Morphometric Data Collection

As part of a joint effort of South American physical anthropologists to build the first Brazilian 3D coordinate based craniometric database I have being trained to identify 128 anthropometrical landmarks in the human skull (part of the project "Origins and Microevolution of the American Man: an Palaeoanthropological Approach III, founded by the São Paulo State Science Foundation under the processes Nº 01321-6). After that I spent several months in Brazilian museums that house both archaeological and recent skulls in order to digitalize them using an Microscribe digitizer equipment.

2008 - 2009

Anatomy Museum of the São Paulo University, Brazil. (45 skulls)

2008

National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (98 skulls)

2007

Museum of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. (19 skulls)

 

Computer Programming Experience

Strauss AM, Caparica JF. 2006. Analytical package for Anthropometrical Analysis (open source).

1. Developed using C and VB language this package provides a friendly visual interface that allows for, among others things, to do Principal Component Analysis or calculate Mahalanobis Distances using modified var/covar matrixes, correct metric traits for the effects of allometry, do Principal Coordinate Analysis, calculate Qst values for a large number of groups, replace missing values of large databases using multiple regression techniques and implement bootstrap routines allowing for hypothesis testing.

Some examples of studies that have used this software are:

  • Hubbe M, Hanihara T, Neves W. 2011. Paleoamerican morphology in the context of European and East Asian Late Pleistocene Variation: Implications for Human Dispersion into the New World. Am J Physical Anthropology 144:442-453.
  • Hubbe M, Hanihara T, Harvati K. (2009). Climate Signatures in the Morphological Differentiation of Worldwide Modern Human Populations. Anatomical Record 292:1720-1733.
  • Hubbe M, Neves WA, de Oliveira EC, Strauss AM. 2009. Postmarital residence practice in southern Brazilian coastal groups: continuity and change. Latin American Antiquity 20:267-278.
  • Strauss AM, Hubbe M. 2009. Dissimilarity fraction for metric traits of human skull: comparison with genetic studies. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 138 (Supplement 48).
  • Nunes T, Neves W, Hanihara T. 2009. Afinidades biológicas extra-continentais dos paleoíndios tardios de lagoa santa e suas implicações para a questão do povoamento do novo mundo: uma abordagem odontométrica.
  • Hubbe A. 2008. Taxonomic, taphonomic and morphometric contextualization of the skeletal remains of the Cuvieri Rockshelter megafauna. Master's dissertation. São Paulo University.

2. Strauss AM, Caparica JF. 2005. Geometric morphometrics data acquirement and management (open source).

Developed mainly on VBA language it works together with a Microscribe arm (or similar) allowing for strict geometric rules to be applied at the moment of data acquisition.

 

Teaching Assistance

2009

Discipline: Anthropology: biology and culture. São Paulo University.

2008

Discipline: Philosophy of biological sciences. São Paulo University.

2008

Discipline: Evolutionary Biology for Geologists. São Paulo University.

 

Event Organization

2009 - 2012

Curator assistant of the exhibition "From ape to man". São Paulo, Brasil.

2008

Curator of the exhibition "Kiju Sakai the archaeologist". Lins, Brasil.

 

Languages

Portuguese: Native language
English: Advanced
Spanish: Advanced
German: Basic

 

Newspapers, radio interviews and other media

  1. Globo G1 Portal – 3rd August 2012 – “Arqueologos desenterram passado de mais de 8 mil anos na Grande BH (Archaeologist unveal 8000 year past near Belo Horizonte)” [link]
  2. Globo Channel – Jornal Nacional – 3rd August 2012 – “Arqueólogos decifram como nossos antepassados enterravam os mortos (Archaeologist decipher how our ancestrals buried their deads)”. [link]
  3. Globo Minas Channel – MG-TV – 24th July 2012. “Grupo de estudiosos encontra relíquias de ritual de sepultamento (Scholars found vestiges of funarary rituals)”. [link]
  4. Newspaper (Brazil) “O Estado de Minas” from 1st July 2012. “Ossadas valiosas (Valuable bones)”.[pdf]
  5. National Geographic Magazine – Brazil (in press).
  6. Newspaper (Brazil) “O Estado de São Paulo” from 19th September 2011. “Como vivia um paulista pré-histórico (How was the life of early people from São Paulo state)”. Portuguese. [pdf]
  7. Newspaper (Brazil) “O Estado de São Paulo” from 9th September 2011. “Estudo aponta que fóssil deve ter pertencido a ancestral humano (Study indicates fossil was a human ancestral)”. Portuguese. [article]
  8. GloboNews Channel – Jornal das 10 – 15th of August 2011. “Archaeologist recreates First Americans Rituals” (2 and half minute; in Portuguese). [link]
  9. Newspaper (Brazil) “Boletim Agencia Fapesp” of 18th April 2011. “The Body Speaks”. Portuguese. [link]
  10. Newspaper (Brazil) “Folha de São Paulo” of 22th February 2011. “Pre-historic Brazilians made art with the deads”. Portuguese. [article]
  11. Radio “Band News” on 23th February 2011. “Lapa do Santo rock-shelter”. Portuguese. [mp3]

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Lapo do Santo: the mortuary rituals of First Americans. Internal Department Talk. Max Planck Institute (30th March 2012) [pdf]
  2. The Neanderthal face is not cold adapted. Journal Club of the Department of Human Evolution of the Max Planck (2012) [pdf]

 

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