Nick Burns is a Masters Student in CASHP. He is interested in the paleoecology of the mid to late Miocene. He is interested in looking at the context for primate speciation in terms of environmental and geologic change during this interval. This context provides insight into resource availability, competition over resources, changing climatic patterns, and the timing and causes of large-scale ecosystem changes that would have had an impact on primate speciation.
Kate is an incoming PhD student (Fall 2020), and a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island (URI). At URI, Kate worked with Dr. Holly Dunsworth on a new methodology for identifying domestic dogs in the archaeological record. At the graduate level, Kate is interested in Pleistocene paleoenvironments. Kate seeks to understand the relationship between the postcranial anatomy of African mammal species and climate to gain insight into the environmental conditions in which hominins evolved.