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Anthropologist & Science Writer

Lecturer at Caltech and Pasadena City College

Contributing Editor, Discover magazine

PhD in Anthropology and Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

My research has focused on understanding the processes by which Homo sapiens dispersed globally as all other human groups went extinct over the past 100,000 years. I work to synthesize the fossil, archaeological, and genetic records to better understand interactions between Neanderthals and modern humans. With methodological expertise in radiocarbon dating and geochemical analyses, I have done fieldwork in the Balkans, Northeast Europe, and the Levant. I also research how education / outreach about human origins can promote understanding of evolution and the scientific method.

As a science writer I primarily cover human origins, archaeology and evolutionary biology.

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