Kristen Tuosto


PhD Human Paleobiology

Year of Entry: 2017

Advisor: Shannon McFarlin

Current Research

Kristen Tuosto is a bone biologist interested in understanding the influences of early life nutritional environment on bone growth and development. She is also interested in how early life nutritional environment contributes to developmental plasticity and phenotypic variation of bone morphology and how that information can be used to understand the skeletal variation observed in early Homo fossils. 



B.A., Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley, 2015

A.A., Anthropology, University Studies: Social and Behavioral Science, and University Studies: Arts and Humanities, Chaffey College, 2013


Journal Articles

Tuosto, K., Johnston, J.T., Connolly, C., Lo, C., Sanganyado, E., Winter, K.A., Roembke, T., Richter, W.E., Isaacson, K.J., Raitor, M. and Kosanic, A., 2020. Making science accessible. Science, 367(6473), pp.34-35.  

Conference abstracts

Tuosto, K.A., Bromage, T.G., Cranfield, M.R., Stoinski, T.S., Mudakikwa, A., McFarlin, S.C., 2019.  Great ape bone microstructural diversity and growth patterns. Symposium of Paleohistology in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tuosto KA, Ascoli S, Braun D, Carvalho S, Bobe R, Sier M, Wynn J, Harris J, Caruana M, Patterson D. 2017. Selectivity among Early Pleistocene Hominins: New Evidence from the Koobi Fora Formation. Paleoanthropology Society Annual Meeting. 

Research Experience

2019-2020 Holocene Member Mentor/Teaching Assistant, Koobi Fora Field School: Koobi Fora, East Turkana, Kenya

2019 Visiting Researcher, New York University College of Dentistry: Hard Tissue Research Unit (HTRU), Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics

2017 present Amboseli Baboon Research Project (ABRP): Baboon Skeletal Project, Kenya

2017  present Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project/Hard tissue biology of mountain gorillas, Rwanda and Uganda 

2017 Paleontological survey and excavated: Rainbow Ridge Barstow, California

2016 Koobi Fora Field School: Koobi Fora, East Turkana, Kenya

2015 Senior Honor Thesis: “Dimorphic Differences: Intracortical remodeling and cortical thickness at the midshaft in large bodied male baboons (Papio hamadryas).” UC Berkeley. Advisor: Dr. Sabrina C. Agarwal

2014-2015 Skeletal Biology Laboratory, UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology, Undergraduate Research Apprentice, supervised by Dr. Sabrina C. Agarwal

2012-2013 Archaeological survey and excavation: East Cronise Lake Paleo-Indian site, San Bernardino, California

2012 Archaeology Field School: Early Bronze Age site, Dali, Kazakhstan

2012-2014 Department of Anthropology, Chaffey College, student researcher in vertebral biomechanics in extant and extinct homininds, supervised by Dr. Marc Meyer


2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 

2019  CCAS Dean's Graduate Conference Travel Grant, $1,400

2019 The Lewis N. Cotlow Award, The George Washington University, $1,800

2019 Zelma Reidling Warren Bannister and William Warren Graduate Fellowship Award, Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University, $1,600

2017 Travel Grant for the Paleoanthropology Society Annual Meeting Vancouver, Canada

2016 Koobi Fora Field School Fellowship

2013 Mary G. and Rawley J. Miller Honors Scholarship in Anthropology

2012 Chaffey College Archaeological Field School Scholarship in Kazakhstan