Ian J. WallaceResearch Instructor
Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2013
My research aims to better understand the factors responsible for shaping the human skeleton, including the evolutionary pressures faced by our ancient hominin ancestors as well as aspects of our individual lifestyles such as physical activity patterns and nutrition. I take a variety of methodological approaches to accomplish this goal, including morphological analyses of hominin fossils, comparative morphological analyses of extant primates and diverse human populations, and experimental biomechanics using model organisms. I also engage in paleontological fieldwork, most recently in the late Pleistocene deposits of the Kibish Formation in southwestern Ethiopia.
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