The African Paleosciences Laboratory depends on a vibrant and diverse volunteer community. Below are some of the lab's more recent volunteers and information about their lab activities.

Phoebe Halper is an undergraduate senior in anthropology at New York University. She is interested in biological anthropology and studying the hominin fossil record as a means to answer questions about human evolution. She is also specifically interested in encounters and interbreeding between archaic hominins

Reid Worroll is a Masters Student of Biological Anthropology at New York University, focusing on human skeletal biology. He is interested in the application of both comparative morphological and experimental research as a means of examining the the complex intersections of hominin cultural and biological development.

Olivia is a junior majoring in history and minoring in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her research interests coincide with the APL's lab work that helps us learn how to make tools and understand our own bodies. She enjoys approaching processes from a historical perspective as well as an archaeological one. Go lithics!

Tammy Xing is a junior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Genetics. She is interested in biological anthropology and learning about the evolution of different hominin traits.


Zayd Salahuddin is a sophomore majoring in Global Liberal Studies (GLS) with a concentration in Law, Ethics, History, and Religion (LEHR) at New York University. He is also a pre-medical student minoring in Chemistry and is interested in hominin biocultural evolution, as well as the behavioral learning processes associated with hominin evolution from a psycho-social perspective.

Saul Shukman is a junior at New York University studying anthropology with a focus on archaeology. He is particularly interested in Paleolithic archaeology and questions concerning hominin biological and cultural evolution. He is fascinated by the study of hominin sociality, mobility, and morphology.


MiKaelah Freeman is an undergraduate senior majoring in anthropology and politics. She is interested in biological anthropology and learning about the impact of climate and environment on hominin evolution. More specifically, she is interested in learning about how tool making and mobility needs in changing climates have influenced the evolution of hominin skeletal morphology.

Tyler Phillips is an undergraduate senior majoring in anthropology and minoring in archaeology. He is interested in paleoarchaeology as well as Classical and medieval archaeology. He is especially curious in researching and constructing the family tree of extinct human species, and how their interrelationships shaped modern human morphology.