Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the
Science of Human History in Jena, Germany and leader of the aWARE project.

Human Evolution in Structured Populations

I am leading this recent Wellcome Trust funded initiative, which involves a consortium of multidisciplinary researchers, working together to understanding Pleistocene population structure in Africa from the perspective of different sources of data (i.e., archaeology, palaeoanthropological, genetics, chronology, biogeography and palaeoecology). With a focus on separating data from inference, the consortium aims to explore how past population structure confounds interpretations of the data critical to understanding human evolution, from human divergence times and past population size estimates to fossil and archaeological taxonomies. I am responsible for leading the consortium and coordinating scientific outputs.

Members include: Professor Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum), Professor Alison Brooks (George Washington University), Professor Mark Thomas (University College London), Dr Lounes Chikhi (University of Toulouse & Gulbenkian Science Institute), Dr Aylwyn Scally (University of Cambridge), Professor Richard Durbin (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute), Dr Brenna Henn (Stony Brook), Dr Jess Thompson (Emory University), Dr Andrea Manica (University of Cambridge), Professor Peter de Menocal (Columbia University), Dr Jay Stock (University of Cambridge), Dr Huw Groucutt (University of Oxford), Dr Philipp Gunz (Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology), Professor Philip Rightmire (Harvard University), Dr Laine Clark Balzan (Freiburg University), Professor Julia Lee Thorp (University of Oxford), Professor Robin Dennell (Exeter University), Francesco d’Errico (University of Bordeaux), Dr Christian Tryon (Harvard University).