Goldfield and Marston article on Neanderthal energetics published in JHE

By John M. MarstonSeptember 2nd, 2018in Alumni, Publications, Research

The article “Modeling the role of fire and cooking in the competitive exclusion of Neanderthals” by Dr. Anna Goldfield (2017 PhD), Ross Booton (former lab volunteer, now Ph.D. student at the University of Sheffield), and John Marston has just been published in the Journal of Human Evolution. In this article, originally part of Anna’s dissertation, we argue that underlying differences in metabolic rates between Neanderthals and Anatomically Modern Humans are likely to have played a large role in Neanderthal extinction, and that differential fire use would have exacerbated these differences and sped up that process. Get the article here. This is Anna’s first lead-authored peer-reviewed article. Congratulations Anna!!

Wroth receives postdoctoral fellowship at University of Tübingen

By John M. MarstonAugust 14th, 2018in Alumni, News

2018 PhD Kristen Wroth has been selected for a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tübingen, to work with Dr. Christopher Miller (Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen) and Dr. Michael Toffolo (Bordeaux Montaigne University). Their project, “Geoarchaeology of a Middle Stone Age paleo-landscape in the central interior of South Africa: paleoenvironments and foraging practices during the transition to behavioral modernity” is sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Congratulations, Kris!!

Marston wins 2018 Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching

By Kali WadeMay 11th, 2018in Awards, News, Publicity

The Gitner Award is one of three endowed awards given annually by the College of Arts and Sciences to those professors who excel not only in successful classroom teaching, but in the fullest and most comprehensive aspects of the teaching experience. These activities include collaborative scholarship with students, curriculum development, mentoring and advising students and teaching fellows, and demonstrating excellence in classroom instruction. Congratulations to Prof. Marston for winning this year’s Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching!