Dr. Junginger is a juniorprofessor of micropaleontology and head of the micropaleontology group in the Department of Geosciences of the University of Tübingen, Germany. She also is a member of the Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment. Dr. Junginger’s research focus is 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.
Dr. Junginger earned a diploma in geology, hydrology, and meteorology from the University of Potsdam and FU Berlin in Germany; and a Dr. rer. nat. in paleoclimatology from the University of Potsdam. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Potsdam.
Dr. Schrenk is head of the Paleoanthropology Section of the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany, and a professor of paleobiology at the Institute for Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity at Goethe University in Frankfurt. Dr. Schrenk is also chairman of the board of the Uraha Foundation in Germany and a member of the board of trustees of the Uraha Foundation in Malawi. Previously, Dr. Schrenk served as head of the Paleontology Department at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany.
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.
Dr. Schrenk collaborated with Dr. Timothy Bromage on the discovery of a 2.4-million-year-old jaw in Malawi, which unearthed the oldest known remains of the genus, Homo. The finding marked the first time that scientists discovered an early human fossil outside of established early human sites in eastern and southern Africa. Dr. Schrenk set up the Cultural and Museum Centre Karonga in Malawi and initiated the Hominids for schools program to promote African-German dialog between European and African pupils and teachers.
He earned a Habilitation in palaeontology from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany; a PhD in biology from the University Clinic at Goethe University; and an MSc in geology and palaeontology from the Technical University.
Harrison Simfukwe is the Senior Curator at the Cultural and Museum Centre Karonga/Malawi and working in the Antiquities Unit of the Malawi Ministry of Culture. Originally he was trained as a technical assistant in archaeology, before he studied Geology and Palaeontology at the University of Münster, Germany. Harrison was involved with the Hominid Corridor Research Project since the early 1990's. His main interests are early hominin evolution, dinosaur palaeontology and Iron Age archaeology.
Dr. Sandrock is a curator in the Department of Earth- and Life History at the Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt, Germany. Dr. Sandrock’s research focus is the paleoecology of Plio-Pleistocene African localities. He works with habitat reconstructions based on the ecology structure of the whole mammalian fauna, rather than using single taxa or families, and compares the community structures of different fossil localities to modern habitats.
Dr. Sandrock earned a Diploma in geology and a PhD in paleontology and paleoanthropology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
Dr. Kullmer is head of the Tertiary Mammals Section of the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany. He previously served as provisional head of the Mammalogy Section of the Senckenberg Research Institute. His research interests include the evolution and function of mammalian teeth and bone; virtual 3D methods in mammalian palaeontology; human evolution; Plio-pleistocene evolution of African mammals; and excavation of tertiary fossil mammalian localities.
In addition to his work in Paleobiomics, Dr. Kullmer’s research has included investigating the morphological variability in lower jaws and teeth in chimpanzee populations; distribution of loads in dental tissues and mandibular bone; dental arch reconstruction in fossil hominids derived from occlusal fingerprint analysis; and tandem scanning microscopic analysis of enamel wear structures in Homo erectus teeth.
Dr. Kullmer earned a Diploma in geology, paleontology, zoology, and anthropology, and a PhD in paleontology from the University of Mainz in Germany; and a habilitation in zoology from the Faculty of Biosciences of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dr. Rodrigo S.
Dr. Lacruz is an assistant professor of basic science and craniofacial biology at the New York University College of Dentistry. His research interest is the mechanism of facial growth, particularly the processes mediating the growth of the maxillary complex, using animal models and the hominin fossil record to better understand constraints and plasticity of rostral form. His goal is to assess the key growth determinants in the evolution of the facial complex. An additional research interest is the identification of processes affecting the development and mineralization of dental enamel.
Dr. Lacruz earned a PhD and an MS from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Dr. McFarlin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on understanding the significance of bone and tooth biology and micro anatomy for revealing aspects of the growth and development, life history, behavior and environments of primates and other organisms.
She is engaged in a number of collaborative projects, which aim to integrate data derived from focused observational studies of living primates from well documented wild populations, with investigations of their hard tissue remains after death. Her research with the Rwanda Development Board, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International’s Karisoke Research Center and Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project in Rwanda uses photogrammetric techniques to investigate factors influencing variation in offspring growth and development in living mountain gorillas, partnered with research on a large naturally-accumulated collection of skeletal remains from this site that examines relationships between life history, environmental factors and hard tissue development.
Dr. McFarlin earned a PhD and an MPhil in Physical Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Dr. Timothy G.
Dr. Bromage is a professor of biomaterials & biomimetics and of basic science and craniofacial biology at New York University College of Dentistry. In 2010, Dr. Bromage won the Max Planck Research award. The award, given by the Max Planck Society and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, included a stipend of 750,000 Euros ($1.02 million USD).
In citing Dr. Bromage's qualifications for receiving the award, the selection committee noted that his research on the microanatomical structure of ancestral human teeth and bones has established the modern fields of human evolution growth, development, and life history—the pace by which an organism grows. Moreover, noted the committee, his research has shown a relationship between bone and tooth microstructure and body size, metabolic rate, age, and other biological features.
Dr. Bromage was the first researcher to use biologically based principles of craniofacial development to reconstruct early hominid skulls. His computer-generated reconstruction of a 1.9-million-year-old skull originally discovered in Kenya in 1972 by renowned paleontologist and archaeologist Richard Leakey showed that Homo rudolfensis, modern man's earliest-known close ancestor, looked more apelike than previously believed.
In human evolution fieldwork, Dr. Bromage's 1992 discovery of a 2.4-million-year-old jaw in Malawi unearthed the oldest known remains of the genus, Homo. The finding, made in collaboration with Dr. Friedemann Schrenk, marked the first time that scientists discovered an early human fossil outside of established early human sites in eastern and southern Africa.
Dr. Bromage also previously served as a professor of anthropology at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He earned a PhD and an MA in biological anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Juwayeyi is an associate professor of anthropology at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. Born and raised in Malawi, Dr. Juwayeyi previously served as Malawi’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations; Malawi’s commissioner for culture; Malawi’s director of antiquities; sector contact point for the Sector of Culture, Information and Sports of the Southern African Development Community; and Africa president and world vice president of UNESCO’s World Decade for Cultural Development.
In addition, Juwayeyi was a senior lecturer at Chancellor College in Malawi; a senior lecturer and visiting full professor at Hunter College of the City University of New York; and an external examiner of archaeology at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania.
Dr. Juwayeyi’s work on Paleobiomics is being conducted in collaboration with the University of Malawi’s School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Juwayeyi has carried out archaeological excavations at Stone Age and Iron Age sites in Malawi. His research interests include prehistoric economies during the Later Stone Age and Iron Age periods, and the emergence of complex societies during the Iron Age.
Dr. Juwayeyi earned an MA and a PhD in African archaeology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Zuze Dulanya is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences and Geography at Chancellor College Zomba/Malawi, and head of the Faculty of Science Master programs. He is trained as a geologist and palaeolimnologist with a PhD from the University of Potsdam/Germany. His research interests are environmental reconstruction of the Cenozoic focusing on paleoclimate, paleohydrology, neo-tectonics and desktop mapping approaches. Recent research projects involve studies on geothermal energy potential of the Malawi Rift, on the palaeoenvironment of Lake Malombe, and on the human-water system and the influences of climate change on the Lake Chilwa Ecosystem.
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