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"
Jayde Herniak, 2016, "Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Paleoanthropological Data Associated with Paleo-Lorenyang Lake"
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"
Christina Spoletti, 2015, "Moderators of Patient Comfort During Pre-Hospital Basic Life Support (BLS)"
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"
|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"|
|Jayde Herniak||2016||"Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Paleoanthropological Data Associated with Paleo-Lorenyang Lake"|
|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"|
|Christina Spoletti||2015||"Moderators of Patient Comfort During Pre-Hospital Basic Life Support (BLS)"|
|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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
PhD, 2019, Paleopathological and Microbiological Investigations of Dental Health in America Since 1890
Pam Weis (redcat webdesigns)
PhD, 2007, Cooperation and Segmentary Descent Groups in the Beq’aa Valley of Lebanon
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Advisor: Dr. Lee Cronk
Risk management; Social networks; Human cooperation; East African pastoralists
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.