Briana Pobiner of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program discusses her research on modern animal bones in a Kenyan game conservancy. The work is not only helping us to understand current biodiversity and predation pressure, it is also a key to understanding these conditions millions of years ago.
Briana Pobiner is the Science Outreach and Education Program Specialist for the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program and an associate research professor at The George Washington University. She holds a B.A. in evolutionary studies from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Rutgers University. Her scientific research centers on the evolution of human diet (with a focus on meat-eating), but has included topics as diverse as cannibalism in the Cook Islands and chimpanzee carnivory. She has done fieldwork in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Indonesia, and has published several articles and given numerous scholarly presentations on her research.