Barry C. Lembersky Undergraduate Research Award

Renee Boucher

Iron (Fe) and copper (Cu) fractionation as an indicator of sex in domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

This project investigates heavy isotope (Fe, Cu) fractionation in the bone and teeth of male and female non-human primates and ungulates. The object is to improve understanding of the evolutionary basis of trace metal metabolism, specifically its validity as a reliable indicator of sex and menopause in the fossil record.