Briana L. Pobiner

Briana L. Pobiner

Title:
Associate Research Professor
Faculty: Adjunct
Address: National Museum of Natural History
Phone: 202-633-1985
Email:
pobinerb@si.edu

Areas of Expertise

Paleoanthropology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, faunal analysis, Paleolithic archaeology, evolution of human diet, evolution education and outreach. Regional focus: Africa.

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Current Research

Dr. Pobiner’s research centers on the evolution of human diet (with a focus on meat-eating), but has included topics as diverse as chimpanzee carnivory and cannibalism in the Cook islands. She has done fieldwork in modern ecosystems and fossil excavations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Indonesia.

Ongoing projects:

  • Taphonomic survey of the modern Ol Pejeta Conservancy fauna, Kenya
  • Excavation and zooarchaeological and taphonomic analysis at Olorgesailie, Kenya
  • Field research at Ngare Sero, Tanzania

Education

Ph.D. 2007, Rutgers
Certificate in Quaternary Studies 2007, Rutgers University
M.A. 2002, Rutgers
B.A. (Evolutionary Studies) 1997, Bryn Mawr College

Publications

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2012  Pobiner, B.L. "Use human examples to teach evolution," American Biology Teacher 74(2): 71-72.

2011  Indriati, E., C.C. Swisher, C. Lepre, R.L. Quinn, R.A. Suriyanto, A.T. Hascaryo, R. Grún, C.S. Feibel, B.L. Pobiner, S.C. Antón. "Reassessing the age of the 20 meter Solo River Terrace, Central Java, Indonesia, and the survival of Late Homo erectus in Asia," PLOS One 6(6), June 26. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0021562.

2008  Pobiner, B.L. "Paleoecological information in predator tooth marks," Journal of Taphonomy 63(3-4): 373-397.

2008  Braun, D.R., Pobiner, B.L., Thompson, J.C. "An experimental investigation of cut mark production and stone tool attrition," Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 1216-1223.

2007  Pobiner, B.L., J. DeSilva, W.J. Sanders, J.C. Mitani. "Taphonomic analysis of skeletal remains from chimpanzee hunts at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda," Journal of Human Evolution 52(6): 614-636.

2006  Blumenschine, R.J., B.L. Pobiner. "Zooarchaeology and the ecology of Oldowan hominin carnivory." In P. Ungar, ed., Evolution of the Human Diet: The Known, the Unknown and the Unknowable. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 167-190.

2005  Pobiner, B.L., D.R. Braun. "Strengthening the inferential link between cutmark frequency data and Oldowan hominid behavior: Results from modern butchery experiments," Journal of Taphonomy 3: 107-119.

2003  Pobiner, B.L., R.J. Blumenschine. "A taphonomic perspective on the Oldowan hominid encroachment on the carnivoran paleoguild," Journal of Taphonomy 1(2): 115-141.

 

Updated August 25, 2017

Classes Taught

Anth 3829: Lab Research Methods in Archaeology
Anth 6839: Faunal Analysis