CHES Alumni

CHES Alumni

Listed below are the CHES Undergraduate Affiliates of the past, with the year of graduation and the title of the Senior Honors Thesis

 

Margaret Barrett, 2018, "Sex Differences in Developing Social Relationships in Infant Chacma Baboons (Papio ursinus)" (currently in M.Sc. Program in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University)

 

John Calcitrai, 2018, "Stress and Sociality in Wild Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii)"

 

Andy Chang, 2015, "Cheater Detection in Need-Based Transfers"

 

Nathan Corbett

 

Matthew Fanuka

 

Jayde Herniak, 2016, "Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Paleoanthropological Data Associated with Paleo-Lorenyang Lake"

 

Antonio Kuilan

 

Claire Marcil

 

Emily Martines, 2016, "Environmental and Social Influences on Flanged Male Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) Long Calling Behavior at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia"

 

Veronica Mason, 2015, "The Impact of Total Energetic Expenditure On Cranial Airway Morphology"

 

Caitlin McCarthy, 2015, "A Comparison Of Rib Fractures From A Low Explosive To A High Explosive"

 

Joseph B. Mirys

 

Daniel Naumenko, 2017, "Linking Dietary Ecology and Oxidative Stress in Wild Bornean Orangutan" (currently in PhD program at the University of Colorado, Boulder)

 

Mary Piechowicz, 2016, "Feeding Rates in Wild Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii): A Comparison of Methods"

 

Ryan Smith-Cooper

 

Christina Spoletti, 2015, "Moderators of Patient Comfort During Pre-Hospital Basic Life Support (BLS)"

 

Christina Stamat

 

Christina Thumann

 

Emily Wahler, 2015, "Bioaccessibility Of Curcumin In Variations Of Indonesian Medicine"

 

Allen Wodlinger, 2016, "Female Social Relationships and Access to the Male in a Group of Wild De Brazza Monkeys, Cercopithecus neglectus, of Mathew’s Range, Kenya"

 

Name  Year Honors Thesis
Margaret Barrett  2018 "Sex Differences in Developing Social Relationships in Infant Chacma Baboons (Papio ursinus)" (currently in M.Sc. Program in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University)
John Calcitrai 2018 "Stress and Sociality in Wild Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii)"
Andy Chang 2015 "Cheater Detection in Need-Based Transfers"
Nathan Corbett    
Matthew Fanuka    
Jayde Herniak 2016 "Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Paleoanthropological Data Associated with Paleo-Lorenyang Lake"
Antonio Kuilan    
Claire Marcil    
Emily Martines 2016 "Environmental and Social Influences on Flanged Male Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) Long Calling Behavior at the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia"
Veronica Mason 2015 "The Impact of Total Energetic Expenditure On Cranial Airway Morphology"
Caitlin McCarthy 2015 "A Comparison Of Rib Fractures From A Low Explosive To A High Explosive"
Joseph B. Mirys    
Daniel Naumenko 2017 "Linking Dietary Ecology and Oxidative Stress in Wild Bornean Orangutan" (currently in PhD program at the University of Colorado, Boulder)
Mary Piechowicz 2016 "Feeding Rates in Wild Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii): A Comparison of Methods"
Ryan Smith-Cooper    
Christina Spoletti 2015 "Moderators of Patient Comfort During Pre-Hospital Basic Life Support (BLS)"
Christina Stamat    
Christina Thumann    
Emily Wahler 2015 "Bioaccessibility Of Curcumin In Variations Of Indonesian Medicine"
Allen Wodlinger  2016 "Female Social Relationships and Access to the Male in a Group of Wild De Brazza Monkeys, Cercopithecus neglectus, of Mathew’s Range, Kenya"

 

Shauhin Alavi (Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behaviour, Koblenz, Germany)
PhD, 2018, Diet, Cognition, and Nutrient Balancing in Orangutan Habitat

 

Frank Batiste
PhD, 2015, Theory of Mind and the Role of Target Individuals’ Group Affiliation

 

Catherine Beck (Assistant Professor, Geosciences, Hamilton College)
PhD, 2015, The Terrestrial Climate Record from the Turkana Basin, Kenya: A Multi-proxy Approach

 

Tim Bransford (Postdoctoral Researcher, Northern Illinois University)
PhD, 2019, The Energetic and Nutritional Costs of Motherhood in Wild Bornean Orangutans

 

David Braun (Associate Professor, George Washington University)
PhD, 2006, The Ecology of Oldowan Technology: Perspectives from Koobi Fora and Kanjera South

 

Chris Campisano (Associate Professor, Arizona State University)
PhD, 2007, Tephrostratigraphy and Hominin Paleoenvironments of the Hadar Formation, Afar Depression, Ethiopia

 

Susan Coiner-Collier (Postdoctoral Fellow, Ravosa Lab, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame)
PhD, 2015, Feeding Ecology and the Trabecular Structure of the Mandibular Condyle in Extant Primates

 

Thomas Conte
PhD, 2019, Steppe Generosity: Cooperation, Labor Sharing, and Generous Giving Among Mongolian Pastoral Nomads

 

Melanie Crisfield (Brunel Library, Brunel University London)

 

Lisa Danish (Lecturer, Nazareth College & Guest Scientist, German Primate Center)
PhD, 2012, Alternative Mating Strategies in Male Olive Baboons

 

Rolando de Aguiar
M.A., 2014

 

Bria Dunham (Clinical Assistant Professor, Program in Health Science, Sargent College, Boston University)
PhD, 2010, Applications of Signaling Theory to Contemporary Human Courtship

 

Andrew Gerkey (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Oregon State University)
PhD, 2010, From State Collectives to Local Commons: Cooperation and Collective Action among Salmon Fishers and Reindeer Herders in Kamchatka, Russia

 

Russell Grant
M.S., 2017, Determining South American Camelid Domestication Through Skeletal Morphology

 

Adam Heinrich (Assistant Professor, Dept. History & Anthropology, Monmouth University)
PhD, 2010, A Zooarchaeological Investigation Into the Meat Industry Established at the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

 

Sarah Hlubik (Postdoctoral Researcher, Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, George Washington University)
PhD, 2017, Prometheus: Evidence for Fire in the Early Pleistocene at FxJj20 AB, Koobi Fora, Kenya

 

Padmini Iyer (The Human Generosity Project)
PhD, 2016, Risk Management Through Social Networks in Karimojong Agropastoralists of Uganda

 

Mareike Janiak (Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Calgary)
PhD, 2018, Adaptations for Folivory and Insectivory in the Digestive Enzymes of Non-human Primates

 

Mzalendo Kibunjia (Director General of the National Museums of Kenya)
PhD, 2002, Archaeological Investigations of Lokalalei I (GaJh5): A Late Pliocene Site, West of Lake Turkana, Kenya

 

Purity Kiura (Head of Sites and Monuments, National Museums of Kenya)
PhD, 2005, An Ethnoaracheology and Stable Isotope Study on the Diets of Three Modern Groups of People in Northern Kenya

 

Stan Kivai (Head of Conservation Biology Department, Institute of Primate Research, Nairobi, Kenya)
PhD, 2018, The Influence of Mechanical and Nutritional Properties of Foods on Feeding in Wild Juvenile Tana Mangabeys (Cercocebus galeritus), Kenya

 

Chris Lepre (Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory)
PhD, 2001, Hominid Behavior, Raw Material, and Sedimentology from the Okote Member, Koobi Fora Formation, Northern Kenya

 

Emily Lynch (Associate Curator of Research, The North Carolina Zoo)
PhD, 2016, Paternal Kinship in a Matrilocal Society of Olive Baboons (Papio hamadryas anubis) in Laikipia District, Kenya

 

Robert Lynch (Postdoctoral Researcher, Biology, University of Turku)
PhD, 2014, The Evolution of Life History Traits in Iceland, 1650-1950

 

Jack McCoy (Instructor, History and Anthropology, Monmouth University)
PhD, 2009, Ecological and Behavioral Implications of New Archaeological Occurrences from Upper Burgi Exposures at Koobi Fora, Kenya

 

Stephen Merritt (Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Birmingham)
PhD, 2011, Controlled Butchery Observations as a Means for Interpreting Okote Member Hominin Carnivory at Koobi Fora, Kenya

 

Luca Morino (Research Associate of Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and Primate Curator of the Paris Zoo)
PhD, 2012, Behavioral Endocrinology of Wild Male Siamangs (Symphalangus syndactylus)

 

Nancy Moinde (Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Sustainable Development, Simon Fraser University)
PhD, 2015, The Effects of Land Use Systems on the Socioecology of the Olive Baboon (Papio hamadryas anubis) and Human-Baboon Interactions in Laikipia District, Kenya

 

Emmanuel Ndiema (Senior Research Scientist and Head of Archaeology Section, National Museums of Kenya)
PhD, 2011, Mobility and Subsistence Patterns Among Mid-Holocene Pastoralists at Koobi Fora, Northern Kenya: New Archaeological Sites and Evidence from Obsidian Sourcing and Geochemical Characterization.

 

Jackson Njau (Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington)
PhD, 2006, The Relevance of Crocodiles to Oldowan Hominin Paleoecology at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

 

Michael Pante (Assistant Professor, Colorado State University)
PhD, 2010, “The Larger Mammal Fossil Assemblages from Beds III and IV, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: Implications for the Feeding Behavior of Homo erectus”

 

Briana Pobiner (Research Scientist & Museum Educator, Smithsonian)
PhD, 2007, Hominin-Carnivore Interactions: Evidence From Modern Carnivore Bone Modification and Early Pleistocene Archaeofaunas (Koobi Fora, Kenya; Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania)

 

Didik Prasetyo
PhD, 2019, Understanding Bimaturism: The Influence of Social Conditions, Energy Intake, and Endocrinological Status on Flange Development in Bornean Orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii)

 

Kari Alyssa Prassack (Chief Paleontologist/Curator, Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument)
PhD, 2012, The Paleoenvironmental Utility of Fossil Birds from Bed I and Lowermost Bed II (Plio-Pleistocene), Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.

 

Rhonda Quinn (Associate Professor, Anthropology, Seton Hall University)
PhD, 2006, Stable Isotopic Evidence for Plio-Pleistocene Hominin Paleoenvironments of the Koobi Fora Formation, Turkana Basin, Northern Kenya

 

Jay S. Reti (Director of the Santa Cruz Island Reserve, University of California, Santa Cruz)
PhD, 2013, Methods for Determining Differential Behaviors in Stone Tool Production and Application to the Oldowan Of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania and Koobi Fora, Kenya

 

Sarah Schaefer (Research Associate, Anthropology, Rutgers)
PhD, 2011, Personality, Subjective Well-being, and Vocal Communication in Captive Male Western Lowland Gorillas

 

Darcy Shapiro (Content Manager, Complexly)
PhD, 2016, Characterizing Density and Anisotropy in the Trabecular Architecture of the Primate Ilium and Ischium

 

Marc Shur (Chair, Math and Sciences, Berkeley College, NYC)
PhD, 2008, The Socioendocrinology of “Friendship” Between Adult Male and Lactating Female Baboons

 

Ron Smith
PhD, 2007, An Individual-Based Comparatie Advantage Model: Did Economic Specialization Mediate the Fluctuating Climate of the Late Pleistocene during the Transition from Neanderthals to Modern Humans?

 

Montserrat Soler (Anthropology, Montclair State University)
PhD, 2008, The Faith of Sacrifice: Commitment and Cooperation in Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian Religion

 

Helen Wasielewski (Postdoctoral Fellow, Aktipis Lab, Psychology, Arizona State University)
PhD, 2012, Social Learning Mechanisms of Cultural Evolution

 

Lashanda Williams
PhD, 2019, Paleopathological and Microbiological Investigations of Dental Health in America Since 1890

 

Pam Weis (redcat webdesigns)

 

Darine Zaatari
PhD, 2007, Cooperation and Segmentary Descent Groups in the Beq’aa Valley of Lebanon

 

Xiaoya Zhan
M.S., 2017

Padmini Iyer

iyer picAdvisor: Dr. Lee Cronk

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Risk management; Social networks; Human cooperation; East African pastoralists

CURRENT PROJECT
Dissertation Title: Risk management through social networks among Karimojong agropastoralists of Uganda

My dissertation research will investigate how Karimojong agropastoralists of Uganda use their social networks to manage the risks posed by their volatile ecological and political environments. Historically, like other East African pastoralists, Karimojong engaged in livestock and food exchange relationships that carried an implicit obligation to assist partners during hardships such as drought, livestock disease and raiding. Exchange networks played a prominent role in recouping short-term losses such as food shortage, and in ensuring long-term sustainability through rebuilding herds. However, as a result of prolonged, armed cattle raiding, military intervention, and other large-scale changes, such as livestock loss and destabilized intra-group relations, the risk-buffering social networks of Karimojong have become weak. To examine how large-scale changes affect social risk management strategies, I will collect qualitative and quantitative data to address three main questions: 1. How do such variables as wealth, geographic location, and kin relation influence an individual’s personal network of exchange partners?; 2. How do the social network properties of a neighborhood (cluster of households) influence its ability to minimize risk?; 3. To what extent do the norms underlying the current system of exchange differ or resemble the norms of the previous generations? Besides advancing our understanding of contemporary risk management among East African agropastoralists, and examining previous systems of exchange, this project will contribute to theories of human cooperation, reciprocity, and risk management from evolutionary and cross-cultural perspectives.

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Subcategories

Paleoanthropology Alumni
Article Count:
6
Modern Humans Alumni
Article Count:
1