Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences and Anthropology
My research focuses on the investigation of the geological context for evolution in terrestrial ecosystems, particularly those related to hominin evolution and the later Cenozoic. My primary research area is the Turkana Basin of Kenya, where I've worked for over thirty years in association with the National Museums of Kenya and the Turkana Basin Institute. My work there involves stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleontology, to establish a geologic framework and an environmental backdrop to the evolutionary and archaeological record for which that region is so famous.
Beginning in 2013 I will be leading a coring effort in West Turkana as part of the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (HSPDP). This endeavor will recover some 350 meters of lacustrine sediments spanning the interval 2.3 - 1.4 Ma, and is intended to provide a high-resolution multi-proxy environmental dataset that can be directly linked to contiguous outcrops which have yielded important evidence for early human evolution and cultural development. My other active projects at the moment include studies of Pleistocene paleoenvironments along the Levantine Corridor in Israel, stratigraphy of Miocene lake deposits in Hungary and Croatia, and geology at the Hadar hominid site in Ethiopia.
Feibel, C. S. 2013. Facies analysis and Plio-Pleistocene paleoecology. In: Sponheimer, M. Lee-Thorp, J. Reed, K. Ungar, P. (eds.) Early Hominin Paleoecology. University of Colorado Press. Boulder.
Leakey, M. G., Spoor, F., Dean, M. C., Feibel, C. S., Antón, S. C., Kiarie, C. and Leakey, L. N. 2012. New fossils from Koobi Fora in northern Kenya confirm taxonomic diversity in early Homo. Nature 488: 201-204. doi: 10.1038/nature11322
Feibel, C. S. 2011. A Geological History of the Turkana Basin. Evolutionary Anthropology 20(6): 206-216.
Lepre, C. J., Roche, H., Kent, D. V., Harmand, S., Quinn, R. L., Brugal, J. -P., Lenoble, A., Texier, P. -J. and Feibel, C. S. 2011. An earlier origin for the Acheulean. Nature 477: 82-85.
Feibel, C. S. 2011. Shades of the savannah. Nature 476: 39-40. doi: 10.1038/476039a
Indriati, E., Swisher, C.C., Lepre, C., Quinn, R.L., Suriyanto, R.A., Hascaryo, A.T., Feibel, C.S., Pobiner, B.L. and Antón, S.C. 2011. Reassessing the age of the 20 meter Solo River Terrace, Central Java, Indonesia, and the survival of Late Homo erectus in Asia. PLoS One 6(6): e21562: 1-10. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021562
Joordens, J. C.J., Vonhof , H. B., Feibel, C. S., Lourens, L. J., Dupont-Nivet, G., van der Lubbe, J. H. J. L., Sier, M. J., Davies, G. R. and Kroon, D. 2011. An astronomically-tuned climate framework for hominins in the Turkana Basin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 307: 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.epsl.2011.05.005