PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology, Liverpool John Moores University

My research focuses on diet and behaviour during human evolution through studying fossil teeth. This predominantly involves looking for signs of dental disease, genetic defects and different types of wear. Through comparing patterns of tooth wear and pathologies with living primates, including humans, it is then possible to reconstruct dietary and behavioural information of our extinct ancestors and relatives. For example, in one study I reported evidence that the relatively recently discovered hominin species Homo naledi ate a substantially different diet from other South African hominins.

Experience

  • 2014–2019
    PhD Candidate in Biological Anthropology, Liverpool John Moore University