The partnership with Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen focuses on paleo-climate and environmental reconstructions as well as water provenance studies in East Africa inferred from lake sediments and their microfossils for the past million years.
The University is part of the State University System of Florida. Research is an integral part of the university, which counts itself as a top-300 research institution in the world.
The Paleobiomics – Goethe University collaboration is centered on Dr. Friedemann Schrenk’s work at the Institute for Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity. The Institute embodies the University’s focus on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. The university is named after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Frankfurt-born polymath renowned for his exceptional contributions to literature, science, and philosophy.
Our partnership with The George Washington University focuses on understanding the significance of bone and tooth biology and microanatomy for revealing aspects of the growth and development, life history, behavior and environments of primates and other organisms.
The Foundation promotes academic cooperation between scientists from Germany and other countries. The Foundation cosponsors the Max Planck Research Award, which was presented in 2010 to Dr. Tim Bromage for his pioneering work in Paleobiomics. The award has helped provide support to Dr. Bromage for making the examination of bones and teeth an even more important tool in the study of human evolution.
The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research organization. In presenting its 2010 research award to Dr. Tim Bromage, the Society’s president Peter Gruss noted that Dr. Bromage “…made a significant contribution towards improving our understanding of the evolution of mankind” to “…bridge the gap between evolutionary biology and the study of culture and the human sciences.”
The Foundation advances the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists. Dr. Bromage has been honored for his academic achievements by the NSF in 2007 and 2009.
The New York University College of Dentistry is a founding partner of Paleobiomics. Dr. Tim Bromage directs the College’s Hard Tissue Research Unit, a mineralized tissue preparation and imaging technology development laboratory within the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics. Mineralized tissue biology with emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies is a key aspect of Paleobiomics research.
The Institute is a founding partner of Paleobiomics. Dr. Friedemann Schrenk is head of the Institute’s Paleoanthropology Section. His research has focused on the paleoanthropology, biogeography, and evolutionary ecology of Plio-Pleistocene Africa (with field work in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda), evolutionary and functional morphology of mammals, uplift of the Rwenzori Mountains, and climactic impacts on the evolution of the Homo species.
Our partnership with the University and Museum centers on the work of the Museum’s senior curator, Dr. Harrison Simfukwe. His main interests are early hominin evolution, dinosaur paleontology and Iron Age archaeology.
The human hard tissue biology project that began in Malawi has moved in 2016 to the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Dentistry. The population remains Bantu, as was the population sample from Malawi. Our local coordinator is Dr. Julien Gashegu, Department of Clinical Anatomy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Gashegu has primary responsibility for implementation of resources for the project, for supervising the steps of the SOP for acquiring bone/tooth samples, and for coordinating the receipt of questionnaires and water samples.
Dr. Timothy G. Bromage
Hard Tissue Research Unit
Department of Biomaterials & Biomimetics
New York University College of Dentistry
345 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010-4086
Dr. Friedemann Schrenk
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung