The African Paleosciences Laboratory depends on a vibrant and diverse volunteer and student intern community. Below are some of the lab's more recent community members
Kazi Nur is an undergraduate junior studying Biological Anthropology with a double minor in Chemistry and Public Health. She is interested in learning about the practice of early societies, factors influencing the evolution of communication and evolutionary biology concerning diseases, and how they emerge/ reemerge, affecting human health. She joined the African Paleosciences Lab to explore her interest in tool use and its relation to hominin evolution and social behavior.
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
Evan Wilson is a PhD student studying paleoanthropology and Stone Age archaeology at the CUNY Graduate Center as part of the New York Consortium of Evolutionary Primatology. Their research focuses on hominin-environment interactions and the coevolution of biology and culture, particularly the role of technology in the emergence of humankind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caroline Shore is an undergraduate sophomore studying biological anthropology and public health at New York University. She is interested in hominin evolution and tool use, as well as the evolutionary biology of human diseases and how interactions between ancient humans caused disease to spread.
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.
Audra Fried is a junior majoring in Anthropology, with a minor in creative writing. She is interested in the morphology of archaic hominins, and their genetic footprint on modern day humans, in addition to the ethics of research in these areas. The connections between tool use, early hominin culture, and early social formations fascinate her.
Ella Phillips is a first year in the college of Arts and Sciences. She is currently undeclared with interest in climate science and comparative literature.
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.