Brian Richmond is Curator of Human Origins at the American Museum of National History in New York City. Prior to that, he was Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at The George Washington University. His research involves paleontological fieldwork and analytical laboratory studies, both of which are critical to our understanding of human evolution. Dr. Richmond's research focuses on functional anatomy and human evolution, especially in the context of questions about the origin and evolution of human gait and the functional anatomy of the hand. Current projects include paleontological fieldwork in Koobi Fora, Kenya, the recovery and analysis of fossil footprints, analyses of early hominin anatomy, developing new approaches to reconstruct locomotor behavior from skeletal anatomy, and investigating craniofacial biomechanics in hominins and other primates. He is a member of the Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology at GW, and Research Associate in the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.