Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW

CASHP is a research center at The George Washington University dedicated to the study of human origins.

The Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) is a research center at The George Washington University. CASHP’s Mission is to undertake strategic research that addresses fundamental problems in human evolution that cross disciplinary boundaries, to act as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research programs involving scientists from other centers around the world, and to promote in

Operating as usual

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 05/18/2024

Had a great time at our second annual CASHP picnic, even if the rain forced us inside!! Looking forward to the next co****le tournament!

04/17/2024

Shout out to CASHP master’s student Hannah Furchak for presenting a poster on her thesis at yesterdays CCAS Research Showcase. We had an excellent turnout of master’s and anthropology undergraduate students both presenting and supporting! 💚

04/10/2024

Thank you to PhD candidate Clara Mariencheck for presenting in last week’s journal club on malaria driven adaptions of MHC class I in bonobos!

04/03/2024

Thank you to Chloe Keefe and Ben Stein for presenting in Journal Club last week. They gave a talk about enamel proteins and what they reveal about biological s*x and genetic variability in Paranthropus!

03/27/2024

A wonderful poster from PhD student Joyce Waweru presented at this years AABAs titled, “Comparative study of reduction sequences methods: Application to Oldowan Technology.”

Joyce describes her poster as an investigation on the early hominins land use patterns by enhancing our ability to predict the location of flakes in a reduction sequence using machine learning models.

03/21/2024

Congratulations are in order for PhD Candidate Rachel Nelson for receiving the 2024 Philip Amsterdam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! 👏🏻👏🏻

03/05/2024

POSTDOC JOB OPENING 🦍🧠🔬: Seeking a Postdoctoral Scientist to join GW’s Laboratory for Evolutionary Neuroscience for an NIH-funded project on “Alzheimer’s Disease Pathology in a Primate Model.”

Conduct interdisciplinary comparative research on great ape and human brains to investigate aging and pathology of synapses and mitochondria using electron microscopy and other methods.

📧 Apply Now: https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/109110
🌐 Learn more about us: https://cashp.columbian.gwu.edu/evolutionary-neuroscience

02/27/2024

Thank you so much to Dr. Chris Krupenye for presenting a talk to our journal club last week titled: “The Social Minds of Humans and Other Apes.”

Thank you to the CASHP guest speaker committee and the Mind Brain Institute (MBI) for hosting Dr. Krupenye and facilitating his talk.

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 02/23/2024

Major congratulations are in order for Dr. Alexis Uluutku who passed her dissertation defense yesterday morning! This is a major accomplishment and we are so proud as a department to be a part of Alexis’ journey! ✨✨

02/10/2024

Please join us February 22nd at 10 am for Alexis Uluutku’s dissertation defense in person or on zoom! Her defense is titled “The role of character displacement and ecological niche incumbency in Hominin evolution.”

01/26/2024

Thank you so much to Dr. Susana Carvalho for kicking off our journal club this semester with her talk titled: “From behavior to fossilization at the edge of the Eastern African Rift System - The Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa.”

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 12/16/2023

Major congratulations are in order for PhD candidate Sims Patton for passing her dissertation proposal defense with no revisions on Thursday!

12/13/2023

Please join us tomorrow, the 14th, in Sims Patton’s dissertation proposal defense!

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 12/13/2023

Major congratulations are in order for PhD ✨candidate✨ Abby McClain for passing her proposal defense today with no revisions!

12/10/2023

Please join us, in person or virtually, in Abby McClain’s dissertation proposal defense this Tuesday, the 12th!

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 12/08/2023

Thank you to everyone who came out to the annual CASHP holiday party! This years theme was field 🥾or formal 👠. Thank you to our social committee for organizing this wonderful event!

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 12/05/2023

Thank you so much to Dr. Catherine Hobaiter for virtually hosting our journal club last week! She gave an excellent presentation titled “How Their Social Worlds Shape Ape Gestures.”

11/17/2023

Thank you so much to CASHP PhD candidate Alexis Uluutku for her journal club presentation this week on an article concerning the utility of 2D and 3D landmark data in geometric morphometrics! 👏🏻👏🏻

11/09/2023

Thank you to Dr. Briana Pobiner for giving our journal club presentation yesterday about the public understanding and misunderstanding of scientific knowledge!

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 11/07/2023

Congratulations are in order for Kate Fish who successfully defended her dissertation proposal on Monday!! Looking forward to hearing more about her research involving agent based modeling and habitat reconstruction as a PhD candidate!

11/01/2023

Thank you to CASHP PhD student Sims Patton for her Journal Club presentation today! She gave an extended version of her public understanding of science talk which is typically given at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. This talk covers behavior research and welfare in captive settings!

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 10/24/2023

Congratulation to CASHP master’s student Ben Stein for hosting “The Expert is In” at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the Hall of Human Origins! Ben hosted a session about our human origins and evolutionary history.

10/11/2023

Thank you so much to PhD candidate Rachel Nelson for giving a journal club presentation today about her dissertation project! This work in progress talk detailed socioecological correlates of chimpanzee hydration and gave us a sneak peak into her third chapter.

Photos from Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology, GW's post 09/30/2023

Hear ye, hear ye!! The department held a wonderful ren faire BBQ this week full of good food, fun games, and cool costumes! Thank you to everyone who organized and planned this event!

09/20/2023

Thank you to PhD student Abby McClain for giving a wonderful presentation for CASHP Journal Club today on making a conference posters!

06/21/2022

Elaine Miller, one of our PhD students in CASHP, is a summer fellow this year at the Center for International Collaboration and Advanced Studies in Primatology. Follow her experiences and learn about primatology in Japan! https://cashp.columbian.gwu.edu/elaine-japan

05/26/2022

Congratulations to Jack Richardson for an outstanding dissertation proposal defense - "The role of social play in the development of wild mountain gorillas". We are excited for the research you are planning!

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