B.A., Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 1995
M.A., Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
Ph.D., Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, Duke University, 2003
I am broadly interested in the phylogenetic relationships, adaptations, and historical biogeography of mammals. My research is now focused largely on fossil mammals from the Eocene and Oligocene of Africa. In particular, late Eocene faunas from Egypt have provided important insights into the early evolution of anthropoid strepsirrhine primates, and also document primitive relatives of living hyraxes, elephants, sengis, tenrecs, various bat and rodent clades, and entirely extinct clades such as Hyaenodonta and Ptolemaiida. Much of this work has been undertaken in collaboration with my current and former doctoral students, and has been funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and The Leakey Foundation.