Anthropology faculty conduct field research throughout the world in the areas of Archaeology, Ethnography, Human and Primate Evolution, and Primate Behavior, Ecology and Conservation.
Elisabeth Hildebrand’s research in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya concerns the beginnings of food production in Africa. John Shea and Elisabeth Hildebrand are collaborating on the Early Holocene archaeology of West Turkana, Kenya. Katheryn Twiss analyzes faunal remains exported from multiple sites in Turkey and Iraq in order to characterize ancient cities' food practices and landscape use. Sonia Harmand and Jason Lewis study evidence of the earliest human stone tool use and reconstruct associated environments in northern Kenya as part of the West Turkana Archaeological Project.
Ethnographic research is ongoing in East Timor ( David Hicks).
Research on primate behavioral ecology is being conducted in East Africa ( Amy Lu, Catherine Markham) and Madagascar. Systematic and ecological studies of the rich biodiversity (including lemurs and other forest species) near Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, as well as studies of the humans in villages surrounding the park, are a focus of the Centre ValBio ( Patricia Wright).
Cutting edge comparative research on brain evolution ( Jeroen Smaers) and skull development/evolution ( Chris Percival) are completed using cellular scale histological images and high resolution 3D scans.