Asia Alsgaard and Dr. Emily Lena Jones of the University of New Mexico will examine how coastal human societies actively maintain ecosystem stability within estuarine-lagoon environments. Sustainable coastal resource exploitation is an important aspect of how human populations influence ecosystems, and is relevant on a global scale today as coastal economies are threatened by overexploitation, pollution, and other human- caused modifications. The transition to agriculture in Soconuso, Mexico occurred during a time with conditions analogousto those today, with changing climate, increasing population sizes, and substantial human migration.
Anthropology's Caitlin Yoakum Receives NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant
Recent Graduate Grants | Department of Anthropology
Check it out! This research could ultimately shed light on evolutionary changes seen in living primates in comparison to modern humans, who after the advent of agriculture and significant dietary changes, saw major shifts in the development of human masticatory apparatus — including the jaws, teeth, supporting structures, muscles, tongue, lips and cheeks. Data shows that individuals eating tougher diets also manipulate food more extensively than individuals with less resistant diets. This manipulation is partly due to how primates use nervous tissues to assess the toughness or stiffness of an object before eating it to ensure that it does not damage their teeth, Yoakum said. Yoakum said her project will create a large database of over 40 primate species, with iodine-stained soft-tissue individuals.
Sara Watson Awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for 2020
Rachel Witt, a Ph. For the past ten years, Witt has been studying human skeletal remains from an archaeological context, combining approaches from both archaeology and biological anthropology to address why ancient societies justify violence, such as human sacrifice. Her next step is to carry out stable isotope analysis from the teeth, bones, and hair of children at the site to capture changes in the victims' diet and geographic movements during the years prior to death, which can lead to a greater understanding of why this sacrifice occurred. Witt is collaborating on this research with the Huanchaco Archaeological Program in Peru, which is co-directed by her Tulane graduate advisor John Verano , a professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Gabriel Prieto of the University of Florida.
Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity. Full Proposal Target Date August 16, The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid.