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TBI is a research institution supporting scientific projects in the Turkana Basin, Kenya.

TBI Fellows

 

Post-doctoral Fellows
Fredrick Kyalo Manthi is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Palaeontology at the National Museums of Kenya and a Post-doctoral Fellow at Stony Brook University. He received his PhD in 2006 from the University of Capetown. He has worked in many parts of the Turkana Basin. His main research interests are in the analysis of Pliocene and Pleistocene micromammals from Africa and their implications for reconstructing paleoenviroments during the course of hominid evolution.
Joe Sertich Francis Kirera is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Turkana Basin Institute. He is also an affiliate researcher at the National Museums of Kenya. His research focuses on Plio-Pleistocene hominin paleoecology through the study and discovery of associated fauna. Other interests include spatial analysis and modeling of the Plio-Pleistocene fauna paleohabitats at Koobi Fora sites, Northern Kenya. He has participated in several paleontological field expeditions in Kenya. He received his PhD in Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas.
Kate Slivensky Veronica Waweru holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut and is a research affiliate of the National Museums of Kenya. She has participated in research projects at Lukenya Hill, the Kinangop plateau, Baringo and East Turkana (Kenya). Her research focuses on the origins of modern human behavior and lithic technology. She is particularly interested in projectile technology in the Middle to Late Pleistocene in East Africa, as well as the timing of domestication in East Africa, thermoluminescence dating, and Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy.

 

Graduate Fellows

Stevie Carnation

Stevie Carnation earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from The George Washington University and has interned at the National Museum of Natural History. The goal of her research is to gain insight into the emergence of bipedalism in early hominins through comparisons of living primate locomotor anatomy and evidence from the fossil record.  Stevie is also interested in resolving the phylogeny of the australopithecines.

Emranul Huq

 

Emranul Huq holds an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and an MSS in Anthropology from the University of Dhaka. His research focuses on the morphological variation in hominid fossil specimens from the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene, particularly specimens attributed to early Homo (i.e., Homo habilis and Homo rudolfensis). Other research interests include human evolution during the Middle and Late Pleistocene and the emergence of modern Homo sapiens.

Joe Sertich

Samuel Muteti is a research scientist at the National Museums of Kenya who holds a BA in Archaeology and Social Anthropology from University of Cape Town in South Africa. Samuel has participated in fieldwork on both the east and west sides of Lake Turkana, as well as around the Lake Victoria region. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and continuing his research on Oligocene sites on the west side of Lake Turkana.

Joe Sertich

Joseph Sertich, who holds an MS in Geology from the University of Utah, is interested in Mesozoic Gondwanan biogeography, especially biogeographic and phylogenetic relationships among Gondwanan archosaurs during the Late Cretaceous. His Master’s work focused on the geology and vertebrate fauna of the Lubur Sandstone (Turkana Grits) of northern Kenya. Future work within the Turkana Basin will concentrate on the recovery of additional fossil specimens from the Lapurr Range and the identification of additional Mesozoic outcrops within the basin.

Kate Slivensky

Katie Slivensky received her B.S. from the University of Michigan, where her life-long interest in paleontology became focused on the study of primate evolution. Katie’s primary research goal is to establish a better understanding of the divergence of cercopithecoids and hominoids through functional morphological studies. Continued exploration of the early Miocene deposits of the Turkana Basin will be a component of this research.

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and graduated summa cum laude. Ian is broadly interested in paleoanthropology, with a specific interest in how and why human ancestors moved around their landscape. He is a student of both physical anthropology and Paleolithic archaeology. Ian has participated in research projects in Kenya, France, Syria, and South Africa.

Emranul Huq Justin Ledogar completed his undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University and graduated magna cum laude. His research interests include human evolution and the comparative and functional morphology of early hominins. Particularly, he is interested in the craniomandibular adaptations associated with hard object feeding in extinct and extant anthropoid primates. He is also interested in the phylogenetic relationships of the “robust” australopithecines.
Joe Sertich Danielle Royer completed her undergraduate studies in biological anthropology and prehistoric archaeology at the University of Toronto, and holds an MA in anthropology from Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on variation in the postcranial morphology of early Homo sapiens fossils from Africa, Europ,e and the Levant. She is involved in the description and morphometric analysis of the Omo 1 skeleton discovered in the Kibish Formation of southwestern Ethiopia, at the northern extent of the Turkana Basin.
Kate Slivensky Anne Su, who holds an MS in Mechanical/Biomechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, is interested in using her background to study locomotor adaptations within primates with a special interest in the changes that accompanied bipedalism. Her research focuses on correlations between primate locomotor modes and the external and internal morphology of the bones of the ankle joint. It is hoped that these biomechanical correlations will contribute to better reconstructions of the locomotor environment of fossil animals.
Ian Wallace Jeff Yule is a Ph.D. student in Ecology and Evolution who also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Ohio State University. He studies vertebrate biodiversity and the causes and evolutionary/ecological consequences of extinctions. His dissertation research focuses on the ecological modeling of Pleistocene North American ecosystems and megafaunal extinctions, work that he expects to be relevant for contemporary conservation.