Biological Anthropology at GW
The Anthropology Department offers extensive coursework in biological anthropology at the undergraduate and graduate levels and numerous research opportunities. Our faculty teach about human evolution, human skeletal anatomy and neuroanatomy, genetics and genomics, primatology, and forensic anthropology. Our doctoral program in Human Paleobiology is one of the finest biological anthropology research and teaching groups in the world.
Undergraduates can study biological anthropology at GW either through the interdisciplinary B.S. in that field, or as part of the four-field major program in Anthropology.
Field and Laboratory Work
Our faculty, especially those with labs, often seek motivated students to participate in research internships.
- Koobi Fora Field Program (Kenya)
- Field and Laboratory Research:
- Evolutionary Neuroscience
- Evolutionary Paleoecology
- Hard Tissue Biology
- Hominid Paleobiology
- Primate Behavioral Ecology
- Primate Genomics
- Social Cognition
- Stone Age Archaeology
Biological Anthropology Faculty (full-time)
|Sergio Almécija||Hominid paleobiology; modeling morphological evolution in humans and apes; early hominins, fossil apes.|
|Andrew Barr||Paleoecology; the environmental and ecological context of early human evolution.|
|Brenda Bradley||Evolutionary genomics, genetic basis of primate adaptations.|
|David R. Braun||East African Pleistocene, early hominin technology and behavior, lithic studies.|
|Alison S. Brooks||Early modern humans, ethnoarchaeology, geochronology.|
|Shannon McFarlin||Skeletal and dental development and microscopic anatomy; evolution of primate life histories.|
|Carson Murray||Adaptive value of social relationships on behavioral and biochemical levels; evolution of parenting; effects of maternal stress and behavior on offspring.|
|Moses Schanfield||Applied and anthropological genetics, forensic genetics, paternity testing.|
|Chet Sherwood||Evolution of the primate brain; biological bases of human cognitive abilities; primatology.|
|Francys Subiaul||Primate cognition, evolutionary psychology, cognitive development, autism.|
|Bernard Wood||Hominin systematics, dental evolution, evolvability within the hominin clade, reconstruction of diet.|
Biological Anthropology (visiting and research)
Environmental and ecological context of human evolution, mammalian evolution, ecology, and biogeography, faunal analysis.
|David Hunt||Human osteology, human variation and modification, forensic anthropology, mummies and mummification.|
|Marilyn London||Osteology, forensic anthropology.|
|Briana Pobiner||Paleolithic archaeology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, faunal analysis.|
|Douglas Ubelaker||Forensic and physical anthropology, human osteology, paleopathology, paleodemography.|