My main research interest is community ecology of primates and mammals to 1) understand living diversity and biogeography across continents and within regions, and 2) using the identification & analyses of mammalian fauna from Plio-Pleistocene hominin localities to understand community structure through time and to 3) reconstruct the habitat of fossil hominins. Current field research is focused on early hominin sites (Australopithecus afarensis and early Homo) in the Afar Region of Ethiopia and understanding the behavioral ecology of hominids that used bifacial technology in the Pleistocene of South Africa.
I teach courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate courses include Stones, Bones and Human Evolution (online), Fossil Primates, Ecology and Human Evolution, and a South African study abroad. Graduate courses include Zooarchaeology and Paleoecology I, Primate Paleobiology, Macroecology and Primate Communities, and Ecology and Human Evolution.