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Elliot Greiner


Department of Human Origins
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

e-mail: elliot_greiner@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum vita
Projects & Partners

Research Interests

  • Paleoecology
  • Hominoid Evolution
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Mammalogy

Curriculum vita


2017-2024Ph.D., Biological Anthropology, University of Michigan
2023Master of Arts (embedded), Biological Anthropology, University of Michigan
2013-2017B.S. Cum Laude, Biological Anthropology, Minor in Creative Writing,
The George Washington University

Research Experience

2024Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Excavation, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.
Excavation and preparation of mountain gorilla skeletal material buried over the past ~25 years in Bwindi for the construction of an on-site skeletal research collection. Overseen by Tracy Kivell, Shannon McFarlin, and Martha Robbins.
2023-presentOaxaca Valley Ecological Survey, Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Fieldwork characterizing organismal dietary variation in modern and archeological (100-1100 AD) ecological contexts within the Valley of Oaxaca. 
CO P.I. (With J. Weston Wardle)
2020-2024TheBelson Site, Mendon, Michigan, United States. Excavation of Michigan’s first potential Clovis site. P.I. Brendan Nash
2023Buttonwood Site, Perrysburg, Ohio, United States. Excavation of a late Woodland fishing village (~AD 1250) on the Maumee River. P.I. Laura Bossio.
2023Washakie Basin, Wyoming, United States. Survey and excavation of middle Eocene (48-45 Ma) mammals, with emphasis on tooth enamel collection for isotopic analysis. P.I. Melissa Wood.
2023Crna Bara Prkos, Crna Bara, Serbia. Excavation of Neolithic tell. Oversaw analysis of Medieval (~600-800 AD) osteological material. P.I. Iride Tomazic.


Baringo Basin, Kenya. Ph.D. fieldwork collecting, excavating, and analyzing mammalian fossil material from the eastern African Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene. P.I. Dr. John Kingston.
2016Olduvai Gorge Field School, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania (The Olduvai Paleoanthropology Project), P.I. Dr. Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, Excavated Plio-Pleistocene mammalian and hominin sites.
2014Koobi Fora Field School, Ileret, Kenya, P.I. Dr. Stephen Merritt.
Survey and excavation of Plio-Pleistocene fossils, researching instances of anthropogenic bone modification on faunal specimens.
Lab work
2017-2024University of Michigan Paleoecology Lab, Ann Arbor, Michigan. P.I. Dr. John Kingston. Enamel isotopic analysis of Miocene and Plio-Pleistocene teeth for dietary reconstruction.
2016-2017George Washington University Hominin Paleobiology Lab, Washington, DC,  P.I. Dr. Andrew Barr. Geometric Morphometric modeling and analysis of East African bovid femora for ecomorphological study (Senior thesis work).
2015-2017George Washington University Archaeology Lab, Washington, D.C, P.I. Kathryn Ranhorn. Assisted in the manufacture and analysis of experimental lithic nodules used in a Middle Stone Age behavioral transmission study.
2015Anthropology Department, The National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. P.I. Dr. Briana Pobiner. Analyzed, catalogued, and photographed anthropogenic and tooth marks on recent East African faunal assemblages.
2014 - 2015Entomology Department, The National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. P.I. Dr. Allen Norrbom. Identified, sorted, and prepared Peruvian, Brazilian, and Bolivian fly specimens.

Research Grants

2021National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant ($12,648)
2021L.S.B Leakey Foundation Grant ($12,660)

Projects & Partners

  • Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Excavation. (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda)
    T. Kivell, S. McFarlin, M. Robbins
  • Oaxaca Valley Ecological Survey (Oaxaca, Mexico)
    J. Weston Wardle
  • Isotopic Ecology of the Washakie Fm. (Wyoming)
    M. Wood, S. Tomiya
  • Belson Archaeological Site. (Mendon, Michigan)
    B. Nash, T. Talbot, I. Beggen, H. Wright