Frances Forrest, Ph.D.

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Frances Forrest, Ph.D. is the manager of the Human Origins Educational Laboratory at the American Museum of Natural History. She received a Ph.D. in 2017 from the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP) at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests focus on reconstructing the ecology of Early Stone Age hominins in Africa by exploring the relationship among the hominins, the adjacent mammalian community, and the physical environment. Dr. Forrest is particularly interested in the significance of meat in the diet of early members of the genus Homo and the degree to which environmental conditions may have influenced early human access to large herbivores. She has done fieldwork at several early human sites in Kenya and South Africa and is currently a researcher and mentor staff for the Koobi Fora Field School. In the education lab, she coordinates and teaches interactive experiences with middle school and high school students and conducts public outreach with visitors of all ages on topics including hominin and non-human primate skeletal morphology, basic neurobiology, human genetics and variation, mammalian functional morphology, and early hominin diets.


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