I joined the Department in July 2007, after stints at University College London, Washington State University, and the University of British Columbia. Currently, I am the Canada Research Chair in Human Evolutionary Studies and a Full Professor of Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. I am also the director of the SFU Human Evolutionary Studies Program.
With regard to research, I am working on a number of topics in evolutionary anthropology. Among these are the identification of species in the hominin fossil record, the reconstruction of fossil hominin and non-human primate phylogenetic relationships, and the estimation of body mass, stature and age from skeletal material. In addition, I am using methods and theory from evolutionary biology to investigate archaeologically - and ethnographically - documented patterns of material culture variation.
At the moment, I am supervising a postdoc (Briggs Buchanan), seven PhD students (Chris Carleton, Alan Cross, Mana Dembo, Marina Elliott, Luseadra McKerracher, April Ruttle, and Don White), three MA students (Jenifer Gustavsen, Kathleen Schepers, and Lia Tarle), and an undergraduate honours student (Amelia Barker).
For more information about my research interests and those of my trainees, and an up-to-date list of my publications, please click here.